Good Advice for Church Staff Members
from Bruce Chesser and Richard Gaia of FBC Hendersonville, TN, at today’s Unlimited Partnerships Meet up at New Orleans Seminary. They were sharing on Staff Relationships.
How to Make the Pastor Smile as a Staff Member: Bruce Chesser
1. Work consistently. Let them know that the ministry is important. Make sure someone knows where you are. Invite accountability about your work.
2. See the Big Picture. Give thought to how your ideas and your area of ministry may effect other areas of church life.
3. Communicate. As you make and adjust plans, communicate to other staff members. If something changes, tell others.
4. Be Loyal. To the church, to the team. Don’t air disagreements outside of the team and to other members of the church. Be careful with venting.
5. Be a Friend. Spend time together away from the office.
6. Don’t be a Drama King or Queen. The sky is falling syndrome. Be realistic. Don’t create problems that aren’t there yet.
7. Be a servant leader. Be willing to get your hands dirty. Be willing to go the extra mile.
8. Discuss anything privately, but publicly speak words of encouragement and support.
9. Think evangelistically. Be outreach oriented.
10. Be professional. You represent the church in the community.
How to Make the Members of you staff Smile as a Pastor: Richard Gaia
1. Be Selective in what you get involved in. Don’t micromanage.
2. Affirm others on the staff. Communicate validation and value to other team members.
3. Be Discreet. Don’t throw staff members under the bus. Even if they blow it, support them and lead them through. Understand who you can and can’t share things with.
4. Be Unselfish.
5. Be Constructive. Don’t just say no. Don’t just say, “Yeah, but…” Say, “How can we help each other with this…” Encourage creativity.
6. Be Concerned about their lives.
7. Be Involved. Don’t just pass things down. Talk through issues and event. Be a Mentor when you see a weakness in life and ministry.
8. Be an Example. Lead by example. You cannot lead what you do not live.