Several years ago, I walked into a senior pastor’s office and we started to talk. You should know that I get paid for strategy consultations, but much of what I do is really counseling. I’m good with that. I want to do all I can to help pastors get healthy and grow healthy churches.
As I sat across from him at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed. I could have told you that without even hearing his story. He wasn’t in a healthy spot, and his team wasn’t healthy either. He was running 100 miles per hour, and he had no margin in his life.
The reason I knew he was overwhelmed was because I saw his organizational chart before I walked into his office. Every leader of every ministry in the church reported directly to him. By the way, that’s not an uncommon structure for small and mid-sized churches. That can work for a season.
In my experience, though, when a church grows to 1,000 or more attendance, that structure will begin to buckle.
As I remember, this pastor had 14 different staff leaders reporting directly to him. I can’t remember the entire mix now,…Continue Reading