Leadership that WINS!
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Some of you may or may not know that I used to be the Director of Events and Conferences at New Birth Church 2001 – 2003. I loved my job and was blessed to work with some amazing people.
Yesterday, after some tumultuous years, New Birth introduced Dr. Jamal Bryant as its new Senior Pastor. Though I did not attend the service, I did watch it online late last night.
It made my heart warm to hear the love that Pastor Bryant has for the ministry. He reminded New Birth of who they were in the kingdom and the amazing vision he has for them moving forward.
Then, he did something that was Christ-like (and ingenious as a leader!).
Pastor Bryant announced that he did not want the church to take up a Christmas offering for him (as was customary). Instead, he wanted them to take up a Christmas offering and present it to the staff.
As you know, New Birth has been through a lot, but the staff has carried a tremendous burden through quite a few ups and downs in the last 5 to 8 years. As a leader, it is important to make sure that your team is emotionally-healthy and showing gratitude to them is very important.
Matthew 7:12 teaches us to do unto others what we would have them do to [us], and Pastor Bryant nailed this because he recognizes the importance of ‘team’ and that his success (and that of the ministry) is tied to his team and its production.
As a huge fan of Mark Lemonis of the CNBC television show, The Profit, I have heard him teach every business with which he goes into relationship with that there are 3 P’s all businesses need to focus on to win. Those P’s are: People, Processes and Product.
I wholeheartedly believe this applies to churches as well.
Pastors and all leaders must understand that we are in the people business and that begins with our staff.
As a Pastor or leader, I want to encourage you to take some time to reflect on how much time and attention you gave your team this year.
Consider these questions:
How many staff meetings were you actually on time and present in?
One church told me that their Pastor is always so busy that they rarely attend staff meetings, and if they do, they do it from their car while they are driving. Leaders have to remember that the loss of eye-to-eye contact and the ability to see and understand the spirit of what is being shared is vital to the health of any organization and should not be forfeited.
How many one-on-one sessions did you have with staff members?
Depending on the size of the ministry, the Pastor may or may not conduct employee annual reviews, but ideally the Pastor should find a way to have at least one-on-one session with each staff person.
How do you honor and celebrate your staff members?
Most churches host monthly birthday celebrations, as well as provide an end of the year bonus, depending on the availability of the budget.
How much of the budget was assigned to staff development and enrichment?
Most corporations require their employees obtain at least 40 hours of training a year. To help employees achieve this, they host in-house trainings, webinars, and staff development days. (Click here to access info on our Church Leadership trainings)
Were any workspaces upgraded with new computers or desks outside of the Pastors office?
Updating or upgrading workspaces should be done as the budget allows across the board. This helps increase workplace morale!
Are you known for only sharing what’s going wrong?
As someone that has worked on multiple church staffs, I have experienced Pastors that you only hear from when things are wrong and there’s nothing motivating about this. Make sure that for every bad issue you point out, you find just as many good issues or more to highlight.
Do you have any measuring systems in place?
I always say, “What gets measured is what gets done!” A client Pastor shared they host special guests and his team was dropping the ball but he didn’t have a way to put checks and balances in place. As a result, I created my Special Guest Information Sheet which provides a blueprint to ensure no details are missed when hosting special guests. (Click here to access my Special Guest Information Sheet.)
So, it’s not too late to put a plan in place to honor your staff before the year ends. Also, if you haven’t already done so, add a course of action that shows intentionality in honoring and developing their gifts for next year.