I have just rolled through my first week in the office at FBCC and my oldest daughter’s first week of school. Two huge events and times of transition all happening at the same time. I must say that both events went well. God is good and allowed us all to have a productive week. Ella probably made it through her transition even better that I did.
It has become even clearer to me that without leadership…organizations go nowhere but backwards. Organizations cannot push pause and stand still. Time moves forward and if you do not move with the times, you are moving backward.
The difficulty with church life is that at times, pastors can be nice people, good with people, have a counseling heart, be there in time of need, but not be leaders and not casting vision. For me, the body of Christ can pick up the slack if a pastor cannot be excellent in all areas but cannot pick up the slack if he is a poor leader and is not casting vision. Seminary has dropped the ball in such a huge way when it comes training pastors in this skill.
The pastor leads the staff, builds team, casts vision, keeps the church focused in its purpose, objectives, strategies, and tracking. What is it really if a pastor is good on the weekends but there is no growth in all of the other areas of the church. There has to be balance between the weekend (temple courts) and the week (house to house). There has to be balance between fellowship, discipleship, service, missions and worship……
It has become very clear that where there is no vision…the people perish…in fact, they just up and leave!