Recently, my pastor took myself and another associate pastor out to lunch to pick our brains and have a little fun. Now, I don’t consider myself a clingy or needy leader. In other words I don’t need to have my pastor’s ear every day or have him affirm me every day. I love having the freedom to do what I’ve been called to do, however I also love being poured into.
I’ve noticed a growing trend in church leadership where lead/senior pastors are spending less and less time with their staff for whatever reason. As a staff person I think this is quite the opposite of what should happen. I realize that as churches grow lead pastors are busier, however I also think their time is more valuable and better served invested in the lives of their staff.
The time my pastor spent with me is invaluable. Though I don’t need it every day, it sends a message that I’m valued and causes work productivity to increase. Because let’s be honest, I think we all work better knowing that our leader has our back, acknowledges we’re doing a good job, etc. I think about Jesus and all the time He spent with his disciples while on earth. He realized the power of spending time with his guys. Jesus’ spending time with His 12 disciples was more effective than Him trying to connect with everyone else. It’s the power of multiplication.
Do I understand the responsibilities of a lead pastor? No. I’m not a lead pastor so it’s impossible for me to say that I know what they go through. But, speaking as someone who works with a lead pastor, I understand what spending time means to me mentally, spiritually, etc. I fear that many quality, incredible leaders are leaving their churches because to go elsewhere or start their own church because lead pastors don’t invest enough time into them. I wish that more lead pastors, especially in larger churches would not forget the power of time and relationship. People will give their all for a relationship, but if it’s a business they want, people will detach and will treat it like a job.
So, thank you pastor for giving your time. Those couple hours does more than you’ll probably ever know.
What say you?