Why Aren't Church Leaders Raising Up More Communicators?

This past year has been “The Year of the Thought” for me. I’ve been doing more praying and reading than ever before. Here’s one of those thoughts I’ve been having concerning leadership:

There are more and more churches doing the satellite thing. Our church has yet to do it, but we should be launching something soon in another state. There’s no doubt they are effective. People are getting saved and the church body is growing. I can’t dispute the facts. However, it begs this question: “What is it unto?”

Why do a vast majority—probably about 99%—of churches use video as their preferred choice for a satellite venue? Why aren’t lead pastors raising up more communicators/preachers/teachers for their weekend experiences? Don’t satellite venues give church leaders and executives a prime opportunity to raise of the next generation of leaders and communicators (they are two separate things, but one person can have both, but it’s not automatic)?

Think about it for a moment. While the lead pastor is speaking at a campus, he/she can have the satisfaction of knowing that he/she has other communicators out there speaking the same vision and heart of God for the church. All of a sudden pressure is taken off the lead pastor because he/she knows that there are other people who can pick up any slack, give the lead pastor a break or vacation and it possibly takes care of the whole “getting hit by a bus scenario” (If the leader got hit by a bus tomorrow who would take his/her place?).

In an era where more and more churches are becoming more business structured, which isn’t necessarily bad, the one thing that seems to not change is that lead pastors feel like they can’t give up or don’t want to give up communicating or being the sole visionary of their church…more about this next time.

So, what are your thoughts? I have some thoughts concerning the answer to this question, but I want to hear yours.

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  1. I love that question! My observation is that many pastors spend too much of their time doing the “work of the ministry”, and not enough time “equipping the saints” to do the work of the ministry… two TOTALLY different things! 😉

  2. Part of the vision of satellite campuses is it releases the campus pastor to focus more on relational ministry as opposed to teaching ministry. Two different skill sets.

    There is great benefit to this and can actually better position you to let go of some things and focus more on equipping the saints.

    However, from my seat on the bus in a multi-site organization, opportunity for gifted teachers within the church can decrease when the teaching is provided. Everything has it’s challenges.

    1. Great insight from one of the leading churches in the satellite campus world!

      Great point about other pastors/leaders having the opportunity to equip the saints. You are a rock star!

      Out of curiosity, what does your church, if anything, in regards to your last point?


  3. Justyn, currently it depends heavily on your immediate campus leadership. Some campuses rely consistently on various team members to fill speaking roles. Others do not. In my 9 yrs at LC, I’ve had a variety of training workshops to refine my speaking skills. I don’t lack for training opportunities, but confess that actual ‘gigs’ are hard to come by.

  4. maybe its just me but I think there is just too much pride that stops a lot of pastors to not equip others. If they do then they’ll have to share the stage and maybe they only are known as speaking to thousands and not tens of thousands. It takes a special lead pastor to give up the microphone, praise him if he does to equip others.

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