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Leadership 101: Support Your Pastor

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

When I was younger, I would sometimes get confused about who was in charge of the church.  I seemed to be the only one who knew the church had problems and if a few others knew…well, I knew how to solve the problem.  It was a lot like going through adolescence with my parents.

One of our jobs is to support our pastor.  He or she may not be the Rob Bell or Adam Hamilton (and if we worked for them they would have issues too), but it does not matter.  God and the Body of Christ have placed them at the head of your church, not you.  Here are some simply ways to support your pastor:


If you don’t pray for your pastor daily, I have to ask why not.  They are in a position of great influence and responsibility.  Pray for them to have a discerning heart, a vision for the future, and strength to lead.  Pray for their family and for their spouse.  Pray for them the way you hope they pray for you!

Lift Up

As a staff member, you will be asked what you think about the pastor regularly.  Will you lift them up or tear them down?  Save your criticism for the safety of your covenant group or spouse.  When you are with the congregates, your job is to lift up the pastor, to help them see strengths they may not, and to support their vision for the church.  If you do not, then you need to consider whether you can work for that person.


Get to know your pastor.  Ask questions about their life, family, etc.  Don’t only talk to them about work.  Very few people treat pastors like they are people with lives outside of church.  You know how that feels so take the time to care.


There are a ton of reasons for you to communicate what is going on in the youth ministry to your pastor.  The most important is that ultimately they are responsible for the youth ministry.  Really?  Yes, really.  Where does the congregation go if they have issues with you.  You got it.

So part of supporting your pastor is keeping them in the loop with what is happening in the youth ministry.  I recommend that at least once a month you go to lunch one-on-one with your pastor to get to know each other better and to keep them informed.

If you support them, then they should support you too.  Thanks to Mark Matheny, Jim Glass, David Comperry, James King, Howard Olds, and now Cliff Wright for supporting me.

Growing Together

How do you view your role as it relates to your pastor?  Share other ideas how we can support our pastors.

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