Pastoral Inventory

2  things every Senior Pastor should take a personal inventory of:

1)  Are there people in your church who spend more time talking to you than Jesus?

Now don’t let that question offend you. ¬†Let me explain. ¬†Many pastors experience the occasional ‘concerned‘ church member. ¬†You know these people. ¬†They usually don’t have an appointment when they stop by your office, and they want to tell you about all the things that are wrong in the church. ¬†If they are not spending more time praying about their intensions and their own possible contribution to a solution, they don’t need to be consuming portions of your valuable time. ¬†Practice being a good steward of your time. ¬†Make every minute worth something.

2)  Are you very aware of specific needs (both personal & professional) of each member of your pastoral staff team?

In the last 20 years of ministry, I’m disgusted to say that the¬†MAJORITY of¬†churches I’ve served in have been lead by pastors who were not at all in touch with their¬†staff. ¬†Whether your church office consists of only one pastor and a part-time admin assistant, or a full-time team of 30 ministers…connection matters. ¬†Ministry teams are very different than sales or marketing teams in the corporate America cubical. ¬†I’m going to make a very strong statement here. ¬†If your Lead Pastor does not genuinely care about you and what you’ve got going on in your life…he/she will not care about anything of spiritual relevance in your area of ministry. ¬†Lead Pastors need to be actively¬†‘in the know’ with their staff and praying for them regularly.

Are you a Lead Pastor, and do you struggle with either of these in your church?  Are you a support staff at your church, and what have been your experiences?

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