We continue the “Ten Best Ways to Ruin Your Church Staff” to avoid for those pastoral leaders who want to keep and develop quality staff ministry colleagues, (For those pastors who want to get rid of troubling church staff, then this is the way to do it!). Today, no. 4: Neglect a Theology of Calling.
4. Neglect a theology of calling. A key question on a theological of calling is, “Does the church call the staff, or does the pastor “hire” the staff?” Answer the question one way and staff “belongs to the pastor.” Answer another way and it reframes the staff’s relationship with the congregation and its members. Insecure pastors will have a tendency to get in the way of the staff members’ relationship with the church. This puts them in a perpetual triangle between staff members and the congregation. The triangulated dynamic is the same, though the behavior takes many forms: protecting staff from congregation or vise-versa; limiting access to church members (one pastor did not permit pastoral or program staff to visit church members in the hospital); keeping staff and church leaders at a distance from each other (one pastor did not allow the personnel committee to meet with staff unless he was present); or playing “let’s you and them fight” with staff and congregational members or committees.
Secure pastoral leaders foster a theology of calling in their congregations. They allow the church to call and take ownership of their staff. And they allow staff members to work out their relationships with the congregation.
From, Perspectives on Congregational Leadership: Applying Systems Theory for Effective Leadership, by Israel Galindo. See the new Perspectives on Congregational Leadership blog site.
Date posted: Thursday, September 24th, 2009 12:30 am | Under category: congregational life, leadership, personal growth, second chair
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