Lessons From My 1st Year As A Senior Pastor – Small Wins


TCC Logo

Last week, marked our  first year as Lead Pastor at Towne Centre Church.  It’s hard to believe that the time has gone by so fast but it’s been a great year.  Our church is smaller at the moment but we are believing for growth with new people who have never darkened the door of a church.  With the limits that can plague a smaller assembly it is all the more important to celebrate the small wins.


Small wins produce results because they form the basis for a consistent pattern of winning that attracts people who want to be allied with a successful venture.”
(The Leadership Challenge – James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner)


No matter the size of a church we all want to know that what we are doing as a group is making an impact.  Small wins bring people together as they work to bless each other and the world around them.

Last summer one of our couples came to me and asked if I would be open to officiating their wedding.  They were looking for something small because it was the second marriage for both of them.  I suggested they get married during a Sunday morning service, after their eyes returned to the proper place in their sockets, we started planning.

What a wonderful day it was, there was a buzz throughout the building and the greatest part beside the actual ceremony was that about 50 of their family members came to church everyone from outspoken atheists to Unitarians.  You’re going to ask, “Well what did you preach on?”  My message covered the various Greek words for love and I ended with their love for God and God’s love for all of us.  After the ceremony we headed to the Community  Centre for the reception which topped off a beautiful ceremony and a great opportunity for outreach.

When I started at TCC I hooked our church up with my former church to help feed the hungry in downtown Toronto. (Yes we have that type of relationship and it’s great)  We do this every 2 months.  As I was thinking about our Missions Giving, I thought it would be a great idea for us to pay a month’s rent on the building  Church In The City uses for their outreach each Saturday night.  Over 5 weeks our people gave above and beyond their regular giving and we reached our goal.   Another small win that helped others  and brought our people closer together.

Are you looking so far down the road you miss the small wins right in front of you?
  • The husband who is now coming to church on a  regular basis with his wife.
  • The person who is now participating in worship instead of just waiting for it to be over.
  • The varied conversations and prayer times that happen after the service is finished.
  • The stories of your people engaging their neighbours for the sake of the Gospel.
  • New volunteers
  • Consistent new financial givers no matter what the size of the gift.

Today take some time to stop and smell the roses and give thanks for the small wins that you may be overlooking.

 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,…” (Zechariah 4:10)




Myself and Pastor Ted Leck of Church In The City



Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *