I was thinking today that I have the best staff on the planet. I take 12 office mornings in April to chase turkeys and the staff gets it done!! There are some things though, as a pastor you will never be able to delegate. No matter how large your staff becomes or how small as the bishop/pastor/shepherd/leader you must carry these details. Churches will grow and explode when a pastor excepts and thoroughly executes these:
- The Vision
You cannot and will not be able to delegate the vision of the church. Only the pastor has and receives God’s vision for His church. That is why you must have an ecclesiology that allows your organization to be fluid and ready for growth. So many churches are hamstrung by paralytic forces in the church like… committees, disloyal leadership, and political maneuvering. Pastor, share your vision and lead your vision. Watch your staff, leaders and congregants grab hold of BIG vision and direction.
- Staffing and Leadership Selections
If a staff member cannot undergird the pastor’s vision he or she will be ineffective. The pastor needs to be in the details of each hire and fire of staff or key church leaders. There are many thoughts of how to do this, but at BNC we are learning that I must get right in the middle of it at some point and sooner is better than later.
- Raising Capital
Financially yes, but also capital within a ministry area. If a particular ministry area desire to succeed the pastor must announce and market that ministry area. An event or ministry experience that gets attention is the one that the pastor is supporting from the stage. Raising the influence of your staff happens with job performance, but also by the support given publicly from the pastor.
- Your Integrity
Your character is up to you. This is not given because you pastor, but because you are pastored by God’s Holy Spirit daily. Integrity is the true measure of what will happen in an through your church. You can’t go where your integrity won’t take you. You have to be wholly His, and Holy.
I have heard it said many times in just six years…”focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.” Pastor/Leader you cannot be weak in these areas or your church/organization could suffer greatly.
Let me know what you are thinking…