Monday, February 3, 2014
How do you thrive in a multi-role staff position?
Then it was my turn. Let me lay a foundation here. I love my church and I love the position I hold at my church. We average around 415 each Sunday which, as I see it, is a healthy size. The biggest issue we have is that our church struggles with giving. Our giving is approximately half what most churches our size take in. As a result, we only have two full time pastoral staff positions, the senior pastor, and me. I hold the title of Families and Media Pastor, which basically means I am responsible for all age group ministries and a lot of the administrative needs of the church.
It was my turn, so I turned in my chair and addressed the class. Told them about my family and simply said my job title and where I served. Then the instructor said something sarcastic about my title and asked me to explain what I actually did at the church. Well I did, in great detail and without any semblance of humility. After what seemed like 5 minutes of explanation the instructor looked at me and said to the class, “This is a perfect example of someone whose ministry will never be successful because he is doing too much.” I turned around, did not refute him, and did whatever I could not to show how insulted I was.
The truth is we all wear lots of hats when serving on staff at a church. One moment we have our counseling hat on, then next we put on an I.T. hat as we fix the computer that handles our Sunday media, finally we put on our theologian hat as we prepare our messages and so much more. For pastors who serve bi-vocationally this reality is even more real. Our success in ministry has less to do with our titles and what hat we wear and more to do with how we are honoring God with our lives and are we putting up appropriate boundaries to make sure we are not being pulled to thin.
I am committed to becoming a minister that honors God with the way I serve my family, and my church. At the same time I don't want to neglect my own personal spiritual development. I constantly have to evaluate myself to make sure that the different hats I wear serving the church don't keep me from the most important hat, my relationship with God and my family.
So I guess the question is, what are you doing in your ministry to thrive despite how many hats are hanging on your wall?