A Supporting Role Pt. 2
March 20, 2008, 8:45 am
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Yesterday in my blog we established that the first piece of the puzzle in a successful and fulfilling role as a support Pastor is to be called to the church or organization and the vision of the church or organization that the Senior Pastor, CEO or whoever leads the organization puts forth. Let me just say from the outset, if you are not called to be a part of the church or organization and you are where you are at just for a career builder or to make your resume look better until the “big” opportunity comes along then just get out now. It will not work. It’s not about you, it’s about the work of Christ and the vision He has given the church through the shepherd He has placed to oversee that particular flock. If you view where you are at as just a stepping stone then save yourself and the leadership of the church heartache and grief and leave. I know those are strong words but I have seen this scenario play out and what I am going to share in this blog will not work if you are not in your position for the right reasons.

With that being said let’s tackle the next piece of the puzzle. I know this phrase has negative connotations but I believe it doesn’t have to if viewed from the proper prospective. As a support Pastor you should be a “yes” man. Let me explain. If you are called to a church and vision then you should do everything in your power to cause that vision to come to pass. The “vision caster” is the Senior Pastor or the head of the organization. Then it stands to reason that you as a supporting role should do everything in your power to make the vision of the vision caster a reality. That means it’s time to be a yes man. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for your opinion on issues to be heard. That time and place will be set by the Senior Pastor and at those times he will appreciate your input and opinion. Let me also say that there is never, and I mean never any reason to be disrespectful or rude as you are giving your input. The Senior Pastor is your spiritual leader and your boss and there are lines that Biblically and professionally that should never be crossed.

Here is where the yes man comes into play. Once you have given your input or opinion it is up to the Senior Pastor to make the decision about a particular issue not you. If the decision is made that is contrary to your input or opinion you then should own it just like it was yours. In reality if you are called to a church and its vision it is not about you so you get on board and carry out the decision the Senior Pastor has made as if it were your own. Someone might say that’s not right, what if the Senior Pastor is wrong? Unless it is unscriptural or immoral then it is your duty to come under your shepherd and support him in his decision. This is the Biblical precedent that has been set by God. Ultimately the Senior Pastor answers to God and gets his direction from God. So if it’s not the best decision God will show him and everything will be alright. We all are human and make mistakes. Your Senior Pastor is human and will make mistakes as well but it is up to you to help him out when he does and give him the freedom to grow and learn just like we give ourselves. You can only do this if you give your Senior Pastor the most important resource that he will ever have being in the lonely position that he occupies. That is your loyalty. Your loyalty is the foundation of your devotion to the Senior Pastor and that is what makes a “yes” man precious and valuable and a GOOD thing to the work of Christ and the Senior Pastor at your church.

We will get into loyalty and what that means tomorrow.


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Bro, I love you and thank God for your heart for Christ and for me. It’s been a long ride, and the greatest is still to come! Thanks for your courage, maturity, and loyalty.

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