The more executive pastors I meet and work with, the more I am impressed with the absolutely vital work you do every day. You have your fingers in every area of your church, tracking all the little details and thousands of moving pieces that go into ministry work every day, all the while keeping your eyes on the big-picture vision. Executive pastors play a key role in creating momentum by aligning your tasks with outcomes that will help you fulfill your mission.
Since you want to be as effective as possible but have so much on your plate, here are two questions you can ask yourself that will help you grow.
2 questions every executive pastor should ask to create momentum this fall
- Is your plan actionable, with clear short- mid-, and long-term objectives? You need a plan to get from where you are to where you want to go and to be able to track progress along the way. For example, one of the things I do with my team is create quarterly business plans that outline the various projects they’re planning to work on in the next three months. Each project has objectives and each objective has particular outcomes we can use to measure success. This helps us stay on track and adjust along the way.
- What are the goals in your church’s vision statement? To answer this question, you have to know both where you currently are and where you want to be. What are the goals in your church’s vision statement? Can you identify 3–5 projects that can move you closer to that vision in the next three months? Helping your church reach that vision is a big part of why you, as the executive pastor, are where you are. It’s important not to lose sight of the vision ... but if no one is taking the time to flesh out a plan and hold people accountable to the tasks within it, your vision will stay a distant dream.
While you’re passionate about the many details that make your church effective, you don’t have time to monitor every minute detail. Start with these questions and the momentum will be cultivated to help you to maximize your effectiveness.
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