In his book Gerber tells of consulting with someone who has a love for baking pies and started her own pie baking business. Later she was frustrated because running the business actually took her away from making pies. Gerber helped her to see that she now needs to not just work “in” her business but “on” her business.
The lesson for pastors is that as equippers (Eph. 4: 1-14) our love for directly serving people may have brought us into the ministry, but for our churches to grow, we also need to see ourselves as leaders in an organization. We need to not just work “in” our churches; we need to work “on” our churches.
I recommend this book to anyone who is either leading a small business or organization or is considering starting one.