Here is a quote for my fellow pastors. It is a charge Philips Brooks gave to his students. You can find it in Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry edited by Tom Ascol.
I bet you to remember them and apply them with all the wisdom God gives you. First. Have as few congregations as possible. Second. Know your congregation as thoroughly as you can. Third. Know your congregation so largely and deeply that in knowing it you shall know humanity.
Geoff Thomas also reminds us: “The future is as bright as God’s promises.”
My fellow pastors, let’s lean hard on God’s promises, allow Him to plant us in a local church, stay there laboring faithfully and wait faithfully for God to give the increase.