As second men, assistants to our Pastor, it is imperative that we help to bridge the gap between people and their pastor.
Never be a second man who increases that gap!
As churches grow it is inevitable that the Pastor’s phone will ring more, his email inbox will grow, and his time available will be come more hectic than ever before.
This is GREAT…IF…and only if the second men of the church will help! “How can you help” one might ask; by being an ACTIVE and APPROPRIATE extension of their pastor. Never get jealous of the Pastor, never speak for the Pastor, but always assist the Pastor.
How does an assistant pastor become effective in this area of responsibility?
1. Speak with people
2. Greet people
3. Show up early to church and fellowship with the people
4. Stay after services to mingle and fellowship with the people
5. If a member has questions – answer them. If you do not know the answer, go and discover the answer, and get back to that member personally.
6. Answer their phone calls, text, and emails. It is sad when a member readily answers our calls, but their calls always roll into voicemail.
7. Do not just communicate with the membership when you need something from them.
8. Speak of the Pastor’s love for them often.
9. Remember that members will speak differently about issues to the assistant pastor than they will to the pastor. So, be cautious!!
10. If a member wants to criticize the Pastor; make certain that they know that you will mention their concern to the Pastor personally. This ensures that they know that you are on his side.
11. KNOW THIS…if member after member, or person after person, come to you with a critical spirit or comment — YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. If that happens, it means that you are known as one that readily listens to criticism. FIX IT!
12. Let the Pastor know if you find out that a member is…in the hospital, going through a trial, rejoicing in victory, possibly moving, just bought a car, boat, or house, or ANYTHING that involves his people. He wants to know, but sometimes they do not tell him because they have convinced themselves that “he is too busy.”
13. If a member asks a difficult question regarding a policy or procedure of the ministry, and if you know that the only one who can answer it is the Pastor, NEVER say, “let me ask pastor”. If the answer is difficult and potentially will affect their spirit you do not want them to think that the pastor gave that answer because of who was asking. No, you simply say, “let me check on that and I will get back to you.” Then, if the answer is going to affect their spirit negatively – take the bullet and do not name who you had to ask. If it will make them HAPPY then make sure to let them know that Pastor was involved. (spiritually discern point #13)
14. Take a member out soul-winning or on visitation with you. Do not always go with other staff men.
15. Say “amen”, praise God”, “that’s right” and other appropriate expressions of agreement during the announcement time and definitely the preaching time. Let everyone know that you agree with the man of God and got his back!
16. Be friendly.
17. If you are having a bad day – GET OVER IT!
18. Never talk about your needs with the congregation.
19. Mention that you are contacting them on behalf of the Pastor.
20. If someone is always monopolizing the Pastor’s time, after a service or before, make sure that you walk up close enough so that if the Pastor needs to pass this conversation off to you – he can. Let them monopolize your time so he can minister to more people.
Happily married to Sarah G, the father of three incredible children.