Pastor…You’re Remarkable (and Probably Overwhelmed)

Pastor…You’re Remarkable (and Probably Overwhelmed)
February 28, 2019 Mikal Keefer

by Mikal Keefer

A ministry friend recently sent me his newly-revised job description for review: a jaw-dropping five pages of expectations.

Given the job description, here’s what I’d list on the plaque hanging on his office door:

Office of the Pastor
Step inside and you’ll find a…

• Public Speaker—be deep, entertaining, and memorable…each week
• Spiritual Fount of Wisdom—know the answers…in Greek
• Visionary—keep a keen eye on culture and the horizon
• Therapist—counsel families and individuals in the church and beyond
• Writer and Editor—that newsletter won’t write itself
• Evangelist—grow the church numerically
• Corporate Trainer—assure that all who teach do so with excellence
• Coach—be sure everyone is growing spiritually
• Hospital Chaplain—be on call to sit with those in distress
• Public Relations—engage the community on behalf of the church
• Prayer Warrior—keep God abreast of what’s happening
• CEO—the buck stops here—and speaking of the buck…
• Fundraiser—delicately assure the budget balances
• Special Events Coordinator—keep us entertained and busy
• Politician—while navigating change, keep everyone happy
• Janitorial, Maintenance, Light Trucking—as required
• Actor—do it all, all the time, cheerfully

Open: 24/7/365…one call does it all

No wonder my friend is weary. Not even Jesus met all those expectations: he alienated people (sometimes deliberately), failed to show a steady uptick in the Savior/Follower ratio, wasn’t always all smiles.

If you’re sinking under the expectations of your flock, post this list or one like it on your door. Then ask church leaders to help cross few expectations off the list or help find capable people to fill those roles. In our Equipping Institute we give pastors tools and resources that help build a healthy church environment where everyone is all in this together. Maybe it is time you started down the path of equipping your church to serve.

Naïve? Maybe. But until we understand your life, we won’t feel compelled to offer assistance.

We’re praying for you, pastor. But we need you to let us know what else we can do.

Here are some resources for those pastors who didn’t go to seminary just to become the church administrator:

Practical Stuff for Pastors:
Leading Change
Dealing with Conflict
Taking Care of Business
Managing People

Mikal Keefer is the senior editor of church leadership resources, author of 101 Sermon Illustrations, and producer of Lifetree Café.

Senior editor of church leadership resources, author of 101 Sermon Illustrations, and producer of Lifetree Café.

2 Comments

  1. beckyhodges 4 years ago

    This is so encouraging, thank you for the practical ideas!

  2. Rudy Schellekens 1 week ago

    Practical and Biblical Idea? Move away from the one “pastor” model. When there is a plurality of elders/pastors/overseers, it is no longer a one-man show. The idea of the “paid full-time professional” is not to be found in the pages of the new Testament. Congregations were started by the evangelist, the traveler (Like Stephen, Paul, Barnabas, Phillip) – or by people who heard the message and took it home and proclaimed that same message (like Rome).
    The modern church has invented a system that is destined to ‘break’ people. Let’s go back to the original intent and model of local leadership: Autonomous congregations, led by godly elders, served by deacons, with a true priesthood of all believers. Bring the shared experience back, where there is no production team needed, no one person to push and control it all. Bring back the idea of assembling where “each of you…” contribute rather than those paid to perform.

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