Rev. Gilbert Foster | Director of Recruitment
When I was a Senior Pastor I kept a sticky note in the middle of my rather cluttered desk. This note sat just next to my keyboard and was usually a vivid pink color – my other desk notes were the plain old yellow ones reminding me to do the many ‘ordinary’ things Senior Pastors have to do.
But this one had to stand out.
This sticky note listed the explicit things that I, as the Senior Pastor, and I alone needed to bring to the church’s life and health. It was normally a list of three or four things. Normally things that I needed to action and lead in this current ministry season.
This pink list couldn’t be passed to the Board or to other staff members.
This pink list couldn’t be postponed until a quieter ministry season.
This pink list wasn’t the ‘rent payment’.
This pink list was what an effective leader would bring to help keep the church moving forwards to health and greater missional impact.
There are things that only the senior leader can and must do for the health and effectiveness of the organization.
Sometimes it’s a strategic move we’ve come to see as we view the church’s health and direction from a 10,000ft view.
Sometimes it’s a vital missional emphasis that we need to lead in.
Sometimes it’s a key leadership shout on a personnel or recruiting appointment.
Other times it’s heat that needs brought to a core ministry or focus.
Often times it’s a momentum booster to ensure the church delivers on its mission and vision.
So – what would you put on that pink list?
What 3 or 4 things does the church need you to really deliver on between now and June 2018?
Before you get too specific senior leaders wisely lead at the mission, vision and strategic levels first. It’s wise to view your ‘pink list’ through these lenses before getting too tactical or operational in your thinking.
As you consider your local church ask these questions:
- What must I do to ensure our mission is being better accomplished in the next 3-6 months?
- What areas of our vision require my attention and hands on leadership in this next ministry season?
- In moving our church from here to there – what must I do to help see movement happen?
If you linger in these strategic types of questions – the next practical/tactical questions that could be written down on your pink list might look like this:
a) Introduce a new growth initiative that could become a new growth engine over the next several years to see us accomplish our mission and vision.
b) What key volunteer do I need to spend time with to help empower, train or equip better to lead what needs leading?
c) How best can I work with our Children’s Pastor/Leader to see this front door better aligned to our vision and mission?
d) What training course/teaching do I need to explore and prepare to implement to help our congregation fulfill our mission?
e) What topic/aspect of our vision do I need to add some heat to on a Sunday morning in front of the congregation?
f) Who are the influencers that I need to invest some time with over the next few months to help move the church forwards?
g) What rooms need repainting; what part of the church campus needs improving to help us reach more people?
Take your pick.
A vision needs leading and the Pastor is the prime leader.
It won’t happen without the Pastor doing what only the Pastor can do to see it accomplished.
What’s on your pink list that needs done before Christmas hits?