In our Experience Speaks series, Outreach 100 pastors share what they’ve learned about themselves, the church and the definition of success.
Grace Family Church in Tampa, Florida
ON THE CHURCH
Over the years, what I’ve learned about the church is that people need hope because people come from a lot of brokenness. People also need the truth of God’s principles to live life differently.
People appreciate transparency and keeping it real, both from the pulpit and in everyday life. I need to know my strengths and be willing to admit my weaknesses; this helps me to be real and transparent.
To me, success is looking back and realizing I did my best treating people with respect and honor, even when I had to make hard decisions. Also, after more than 30 years in ministry, I consider it a success that my family still loves God and loves the church.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED
Be willing to take some risks. Set up good financial accountability. Don’t let the ministry take precedence over your family. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
GRACE FAMILY CHURCH
Senior Pastor: Craig Altman
A 2015 OUTREACH 100 CHURCH
Growth in 2014: +577 (8%)