I always appreciate what Keith Webb has to say - especially since such a large part of the culture of our district has been encouraged by him and his training - that area of coaching. And while I like to keep up on what he writes, there are those times when he is especially pertinent - and this is one of those times as he talks about this issue of vulnerability.
Regardless if you have staff or not, you have volunteers and leaders that you work with. How you treat them and manage them goes a long ways to answering the question, “What is the difference between a good pastor boss and a bad pastor boss?”
One would think a large church with multiple Staff Pastors would be a great place to find Pastors who are willing to lead in another church. Last year I read an article that proved this statement to be incorrect.
Rick Warren does a good job of pointing out that while there are a lot of risks we need to take as pastors and church workers, one of the risks we need to take most is the risk to be vulnerable. None of us are perfect, and when we risk being vulnerable with others, we give them permission not to be perfect either. I believe a culture of humility is one of the more important cultures we cultivate in our own communities. I was recently part of a board (not mine), where it was acknowledged that there was a serious lack of trust between levels in the organization. Maybe this attribute has something to do with that.
I like to do weight training, but there are times, mainly because of my schedule, where I can’t be at the gym as much as I would normally like to be. As much as I hate missing my workouts, I am reminded in those times how valuable the exercise is to me.
I have always encouraged leaders to have a regular exercise routine. I think it’s a necessary discipline for a healthy leader. If you aren’t currently an active exerciser, I have some practical, first-hand experience to encourage you to begin.
When I was starting out as a pastor many years ago, I so appreciated the biblical and balanced structure that I learned from the Purpose-Driven Church model. At first I wasn't sure, but the more I studied the Bible to see what God says about the church, the more I was convinced that the 5 Core Values were absolutely right on track.
The truth about the pastor’s wife’s role is that it doesn’t come with stardom. In fact, pastor’s wives will often attest to the reality of more scrutiny from the church than support. She usually serves unpaid, and though she knows she is worth her pay, she does not ask. In fact, in many churches when the pastor's salary is considered, they often do not think about what she does and just considers her as part of the package.
Many times our Hispanic Pastors ask me, “how can I know that my church leader will be a good pastor in the future?”
My honest answer is that I don’t know for sure, but I try to see if my church leader has these 3 things that help them be a better pastor:
At Church of the Foothills we’re in the middle of our budget prep time. It’s interesting how different people react when it comes time to create a budget for their ministry (yes, I know it’s God’s Ministry). There are those who have no problems in creating a budget; there are those who dread working on a budget; and then there are those who believe the sky’s the limit when they prepare their budget.
Our Hispanic community keeps growing every day.
Are we ready to help and share the Gospel with them here in our own backyard?