Here’s an obvious fact: when you go to your first pastorate, you’re new. You haven’t grown with the rest of the church – your spiritual progress and personal circumstances have been independent of theirs up to now. Two lives are converging that previously ran only in parallel – the new pastor’s life, and the life of this particular local church. So both the man and the church have to work at getting to know each other, allowing for the fact that God has led them along different paths thus far. This is one pastor’s perspective.