A Supporting Role Pt. 3
March 21, 2008, 2:07 pm
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In my last two posts we talked about how you as a Pastor in a supporting role must first decide if you are called to the ministry and the vision of that ministry in which you serve. Then we looked at how you should be a “yes” man for a more fulfilling perspective on the part that you play as a support Pastor. Now I want to do a little more puzzle working as we look at what it takes to be that “yes” man that your Senior Pastor needs to help make the vision for the church or the organization come to pass. Let’s take a look at loyalty.

I believe that loyalty is the most, and I mean the most valuable gift you can give to a Senior Pastor or the leader of your organization. Without the loyalty of the leadership team that a Senior Pastor has supporting him, he will not be able to fully realize the vision that God has given him for the church that he leads. Now you might say that is a bold statement and that God can accomplish His work (“if it is of God”) even if the staff is not supportive. If that is your view and your attitude then I call you blind and arrogant, but you are partially correct. You are correct in the part that God will make sure He gets it done but it will probably be without you, not in spite of you. If that is your attitude then you are not loyal and you can not fulfill the role of a yes man. Now let’s get back to loyalty.

If I were to survey 100 Pastors in a supporting role and ask them if they are loyal to their Senior Pastor and the vision that he has for their church I would probably get 100 answers of “yes I am loyal to my Senior Pastor and the vision he has for the church”. There is a funny thing about loyalty though. I believe that nine times out of ten loyalty can only be fully realized by adversity. Only when the road becomes bumpy and there is some cost to be paid for a vision can loyalty really be seen.

Having been a part of a leadership team of a church that has transitioned from a traditional church model to a relevant church model, I have seen my share of “bumpy” and endured the “cost” of that vision. I call the types of battles that Pastor Byron and the staff have fought as we transitioned C3, the “Crucible of Change”. If you want an X-ray machine that will show if everyone is loyal then run them through the “Crucible of Change”. Change will show you every time what people are truly made of. Now I said “everyone” a few sentences ago when referring to people’s loyalty or lack thereof. When you take a church through the changes that C3 went through it will literally test every single person and their loyalty to the vision that God has given you. Would I recommend that you do this at your church? Transitioning a church to reach the unchurched and unsaved by becoming a more relevant model is a vision that God can only give a Senior Pastor and staff. It is a vision that the Senior Pastor and staff must be fully committed to and convicted to accomplish if it is to be successful. Like I said it will test every person but the benefits of seeing the unchurched and unsaved come to know the Lord are as the commercial says, “priceless”. For Pastor Byron and the leadership team, we had no choice but to follow God’s leading and vision that God had given us. This became a true test of loyalty.

Usually when it gets tough there is cost involved, loyalty will either show up or not. It is at this point. whether you as a support Pastor will take a loyal stand with your Senior Pastor when a person or group of people try to undermine and undercut the vision that God has given him and the leadership team. This will be the defining moment of your position, this will be your “crucible of change”. When pressure is applied the weakest parts will always break. When it comes time to withstand the pressure will you be loyal or not? This will also be a confirmation of your true calling to a church and a vision or if you are in it for selfish reasons.

Loyalty is never free. It costs to give it. It forces you to pick a side and take a stand. Taking a stand might cost you friends and relationships that you thought were strong. Taking a stand might mean you will no longer be thought of as the “nice” one on staff. Taking a stand will definitely change the way people look and think about you. But unless you are willing to take a stand and support the God ordained leader placed over you, you’ll never have a fulfilling support role on a leadership team. Having loyalty to your Senior Pastor and the vision shows you have character and conviction and that you believe in your calling. I think that this is why it is such a rare thing. Loyalty costs, so I think that true loyalty comes from a deep love of Christ and a love for His church and a deep love for the shepherd that God has placed to lead His church.

As a Pastor in a support role the true expression of love for your Senior Pastor is the loyalty that you give to him. It is what will help him accomplish the vision that God has given him and loyalty is part of the living sacrifice you give to God which is a spiritual act of worship. Without loyalty you will never be the Pastor in the supporting role that God meant you to be. With loyalty you will become a supporting Pastor that feels fulfilled in your work and will see God’s vision accomplished through you. You will be a “yes” man to your Senior Pastor and you will be a “yes” man to God.

Loyalty means everything!


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I love this post! You hit the nail right on the head. I would add to the conversation but you covered it all right here!

Comment by andrealoper

What a GREAT post!!!

Comment by Monica H.

Loyalty is everything! Not everyone has the heart to be truly loyal! What a great series of posts! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by ginazugelder

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