Submitted by Lynn P Clayton on Thu, 08/11/2005 – 02:00
Do you want a better pastor and/or staff member? Many churches not only want more effective ministers, they demand it. If a minister does not meet the increasingly demanding expectations of their congregations, they had better update their resumes.
Do you want a better pastor and/or staff member?
Many churches not only want more effective ministers, they demand it.
If a minister does not meet the increasingly demanding expectations of
their congregations, they had better update their resumes.
Ironically, some of these same demanding churches
provide no support for their ministers to update their training and
Pastors face more and more expectations and demands.
Their parishioners are better educated and more aware of social, moral
and ethical issues. They want their pastors not just to be as aware as
they are, but to be able to speak insightfully to principles of the
issues from a biblical standpoint.
People are facing greater challenges in their lives
and want their pastors to be able to understand this and preach sermons
that better equip them as they struggle to live Christian lives in an
often hostile world. And they want their pastors to be equipped to
provide counseling in all difficult, complex situations.
Many church members watch preaching media stars and
wonder, “Why can’t our pastor preach like that?” They begin to expect
that kind of giftedness in their pulpit.
To these pastoral demands of a more diverse
membership, add the assignment of three sermons every week. To have
good output in these sermons requires great input of study.
Ministers of music face the task every week of
producing worship that meets the ever-expanding, diverse expectations
of the congregation. And they are expected to produce programs of music
for the special occasions such as Easter, Christmas, July 4 and other
special times for the church.
Ministers of education must discover fresh
approaches to the same organization that has existed since the 1800s.
They are required to locate and present challenging curriculums and
keep workers involved and inspired.
Youth ministers find their programs competing with
the excitement of rock concerts, football games, school activities,
computers and on and on.
Realizing these challenges – and this article gives
a quick glimpse of them – it is incumbent upon churches to provide
opportunities of training and the resources for locating and acquiring
materials appropriate to each minister’s tasks.
To see how your church does in equipping its minister(s), check your church’s budget.
A logical question from a church membership would be, “What kinds of resources should we provide?”
To answer that question, answer this: What are your
expectations? Your provisions for training and resources should match
A church’s ministers should be asked to formulate
what they believe would be an adequate training program and resource
acquisition for their ministry each year. They should be encouraged to
provide three possible levels of programs. One would be their dream
program. One would be a good program. One would be just a “getting by”
The church should do its best to provide the highest
level program possible. But do not be surprised if these programs are
more expensive than you think. Just in the area of resources, check out
the prices of books nowadays. And the costs of training experiences get
more expensive every day.
Providing its staff adequate training and resources
is a wise, indeed necessary, investment in a church’s ministries. Every
occupation demands people with good training and good tools. Good
employers provide their people with the best of these possible.
Certainly, a church should do the same.