Yesterday in our staff meeting here at Gaylord E-Free, I shared with my staff 10 things I want them to know as their Lead Pastor. Here is what I shared with them:
It’s not just about your area of ministry…it’s about the ministry of the church as a whole. Sometimes one area has to sacrifice for the betterment of the organization as a whole.
Even if we disagree in private, you must be a sold-out cheerleader in public. You should take personal responsibility to be sure that those under your ministry and under your influence are fired up, not just about their area of ministry, but about all areas of ministry within the church.
Never do “just enough.” Always go the “extra mile.” As my High School band director use to say, “Just because it is Christian does not mean we have to settle for being mediocre. Shoot for excellence in everything you do.”
If you don’t keep me informed, I can’t protect you. I don’t expect nor do I want you to do everything the way I would do it but be sure you are communicating with me so that if someone shares a concern about what you are doing, I am not blind-sided.
To be effective in your ministry inside the church, you must be building bridges outside of the church to people who do not know the Lord. Evangelism must be the engine that drives the church
One bad attitude can bring down the whole team. Paul tells us in the book of Philippians to do all things without grumbling and complaining. Paul tells the Colossians to do all that they do heartily as to the Lord.
You can’t rely on written announcements to fill needs…you must be creative in recruiting workers and filling holes. Please don’t come to me telling me how no one in our church cares enough to be involved when all you have done to get people involved is put a note in the bulletin. Never underestimate the power of “the ask.”
Though ministry is often tough, I need you to have fun. If you don’t enjoy your job and ministry, you will hurt the ministry as a whole.