There are no doubt many qualities that describe a great associate pastor, or really a great employee anywhere. Here are fifteen traits that most senior pastors and leaders are looking for in their staff…
- Stay Busy – They come with the â€œbatteries includedâ€, present ideas, get things moving, and donâ€™t need someone else to light a fire under their backside.
- Faithfully Follow – They pursue the Pastorâ€™s agenda and not their own. Although they initiate and take ownership, they do not get out in front of their senior pastor. They ask for permission, not forgiveness.
- Think Big-Picture – They realize itâ€™s not just about their ministry, itâ€™s about the Pastorâ€™s vision, the whole church, and the Kingdom of God.
- Embrace Teamwork – They donâ€™t operate in a silo, but actively contribute to, and care for, the whole team. They realize that even all-star players are terrible teammates if they canâ€™t work with others.
- Listen Well – They realize they donâ€™t have all the answers, so they listen and learn. They seek advice from those with more experience and wisdom than themselves. They are humble, not arrogant.
- Grow Continually – They continually improve by reading, listening, and gaining experience. They prioritize daily spiritual growth.
- Manage Themselves – They manage their life and ministry well. They keep a to-do list, calendar, and track of whatever else they are responsible for. They do not require
much,if any, follow-up. They do their job without needing to be reminded.
- Provide Solutions – When they face a challenge they donâ€™t just come to the team with that problem, rather they come and present both the problem and a viable solution.
- Avoid Weeds – and fires and icebergs and shipwrecks. They are
emotionally, culturally, ministerially and generally intelligent.
- Empower People – They develop people and work themselves out of a job.
- Implement Systems – They work hard to develop systems, so when they are gone everything continues smoothly.
- Choose Positivity – Although, like everyone they have good and bad days, they are generally optimistic and upbeat.
- Rebound Quickly – They try hard things, which means they fail from time-to-time. When they do fail, they own it, and then get right back up and keep moving.
- Love People – They have a shepherds heart. They care for people. Ministry is a ministry to them, and not just a job.
- Take Bullets – They take bullets for their senior pastor, figuratively and perhaps even literally.