Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about using ‘story’ more in our presentations, in the life of our church, in our communications, etc… But hardly ever do we hear anyone talk about how exactly to do that.
So here are three easy and simple ways to do that.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know that we’re very high on encouraging churches, especially pastors, to be active bloggers. It’s one of the easiest ways to speak into the lives of your people on a more regular basis and in a way that doesn’t have to be overly preachy or super spiritual.
As powerful and effective as blogging can be, most pastors believe they just don’t have the time. But I believe that two things are true:
1) We always have time for the things that we feel are important and nothing is more important than building a great relationship with your people and leading them to live the lives they were created for.
2) A good system can make the best use of your time and make you exponentially more effective.
That said, let’s talk about some tips and techniques (or systems) that all great bloggers use to reach maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
When dealing with the subject of unhappy, frustrated and discontented church staffs, the gigantic elephant that’s almost always in the room is their relationship with their senior pastor or other high level leadership that may be over them.
Now before we take one more tiny step, let’s be super clear that we are not and will not be bashing senior pastors. So if you’re a bitter former staffer and you’ve been waiting for someone to take a shot at these guys for you, you’re looking in the wrong place ’cause homey don’t play that. I know there are some pastors out there who are real jerks, but I believe with all my heart that the VAST majority of pastors are good people who have the same struggles and issues as the rest of us and they are faithfully doing their best and learning as they go. The same applies to all of the staffers as well, you’ve got some bad eggs, but the vast majority are not. So in the spirit of ‘learning’, let’s talk about some of the factors that contribute to the breakdown between senior leaders and staffers. Specifically, let’s talk about the difference in generations.
It’s important to remember that this is a complex issue that will not be solved by a few simple blog posts. That said, our goal here is to help bring the issue into the light, help anyone going through this to know they are not alone, highlight some of the glaring contributing factors and give some basic info on how to deal with and hopefully change them. Simple enough, right?
I believe one of the key issues that lead to discontentment and unhappiness is that many people entering professional ministry for the first time have unrealistic expectations. It’s easy to be swept up in the appeal that is ministry. People need you. Everybody knows you. They want your opinion. You’re part of every meeting and important decision. Your spiritual and work and family life are all combined. You’re in the know, the center of everything.
After posting the introduction to this topic last Friday I was blown away by the number of comments, emails, messages and DMs I received from pastors not only in North America, but around the world. We’ve definitely hit a hot button here.
So before we dive into some of the overarching reasons for this trend, I wanted to give you some big picture perspective on the sheer enormity of the problem.