“For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God” Romans 13:1b New Living Translation
Two and a half months ago I was fortunate enough to begin serving as the Campus Pastor of the CedarCreek Whitehouse Campus. If you’ve never been there, you need to come check it out!
Many people have been asking me, “So how’s it going? What’s it like being the boss?” The short answer I have given is: “It’s great! I’m doing my dream job! It’s also much tougher than I imagined!”
That’s the case, too! Since being a young Christ follower, I always dreamed of the day I would pastor my own church/congregation. At the time, no one was really doing multi-sites and I never could have envisioned that I would be where I am today.
I love my job!
That being said, I’ve learned quite a bit in the past two and half months. Here are the key things I’ve picked up since handing over (reluctantly) my huge ring of Associate Pastor/Janitor keys!
1. Everyone has a boss – Even the top guy in an organization has to answer to God, his employees, his investors, etc. Nobody gets to do whatever they want except for maybe Hanzel from Zoolander. That guy is so hot right now.
2. The higher up you go in an organization, the LESS personal freedom you have – The person working the fry-i-lator at McDonalds has more personal freedom than me. (That’s a fact) The higher up you climb the ladder, the more rights and privileges you give up.
3. It can be lonely at the top – Encourage your leaders whenever you can! The sword of Damocles is real and it’s sharp!
4. It takes a steady hand to hold a full cup – Your self-leadership becomes increasingly important when you’re promoted, not less so.
5. Give authority to others carefully and selectively – Nothing says “I don’t trust you” like taking back authority from someone. It also tears at the fabric of team culture and chemistry.
6. A good leader must be a good follower – Sometimes it really is as simple as not pouting if you do not get your way. Good leaders move on quickly when their pride is hurt.
7. It is not about you, it’s about everyone else – A good leader is a servant. They know they are only as good as the team they lead. I thank God every day for my incredible staff team at Whitehouse campus!
So, there you go!
Being a pastor is the most fun, humbling, challenging, stretching, messy, wonderful job on the planet.
I still can’t believe that I get to help people fall in love with Jesus and get paid for it! I get to encourage and develop my staff on their journey to becoming the people God wants them to be.
I get the humbling blessing of representing my church in the community I love.
If you are a young leader, or someone that aspires to leadership, I would encourage you to find a spiritual mentor and life coach. Godly leadership is modeled and passed down! It does not happen on accident. Discipleship is an intentional process that you cannot short cut!
I would not be where I am today if the following individuals did not invest significantly in my life and share their leadership with me:
Rick Shortridge, the best father a son could have.
Lee Powell, the greatest leader I have ever served under.
Steve Ruic, helped bring me back to the faith when I was lost.
Kyle Gray, not a typo! He was a great youth pastor and gave me my first shot to lead!
Ed Bellner, my spiritual mentor and friend for the last 18 years.
Mike Knisely, a giant of the faith and a walking textbook on leadership.
Steve Hutmacher, my intern director and an unbelievable spiritual mentor.
Ed McCaulley, the greatest balance of being both task and people oriented that I have ever seen.
Dr. Gary Staats, my teacher.
Ben Snyder, my boss and current mentor. He impresses me every single day!
All of these men have played a HUGE role in my life and I’ll be forever grateful to them!
Love you all, Seacrest out