The last thing any senior pastor needs is an associate playing Absalom at the gate with disgruntled members.
So you’ve been called by a congregation to serve as an associate pastor. Now what?
You are not an island, so don’t think that the uniqueness of your role somehow isolates you from others.
We asked a group of pastors for their best ideas for staff meetings. What follows is an adaptation of the email exchange that ensued.
Pastors are sheep, too. . . . They must not only be the source of Christ-centered ministry, but also the objects of it.
It’s important to ask your own staff, “How can I serve you better as your senior pastor?”
If God has entrusted you with gifted team members, we want to encourage them. They are gifts of Christ to his church. Cherish them.
In order to provide you with a better introduction, I thought I’d ask Thabiti a few questions about the book.
A healthy parachurch ministry knows that it exists primarily to protect the church.
Don’t support just any parachurch organization. Instead, use them to support efforts, individuals, or teams that you trust.
The most vital thing we can do to help the parachurch is to foster healthy, biblical churches.
If you’re in between pastors, do buy the book and give it to your church leaders.
Do we as pastors consider staying for the glory of God?
Click here for the first of two articles: “What’s Wrong with Search Committees? Part 1 of 2 on Finding a Pastor”
I’m arguing that instead of asking, “Why stay long-term?” we should be asking, “Why leave?”