The only way you can become a Christian is if God makes himself so abundantly real to you you cannot deny Him. Churches build themselves on much lesser premises.
Your pastor; what his her birthday?
Your pastor; what is his wedding anniversary?
Your pastor; what is her church anniversary? Oh, does anyone take note of it, officially? I see. Then, his coming and going must not matter much.
How does your pastor deal with the low to moderate level depressiveness that is a part of the ministerial life? What does he do? How does he then live?
The ony way to become a Christian and to live as a Christian begins at that moment when God makes Godself so abundantly plain to you you cannot deny God. The Christian experience ends at the moment when God becomes unreal to you.
Churches live on long after God is no longer real to them.