Last week my assistant approached me about a presentation that she had been asked to share at the next Pastor Assistants meeting. The topic is, What every Pastor wishes their Assistant knew , or something along those lines. I put some feelers out on twitter, and got some great feedback. I then took some of the greatness passed along to me and mixed it with some of the lame stuff I had and came up with the following list. It is NOT all-inclusive, and I would love to hear what you would have added in the comments!
What Every Pastoral Assistant Should Know maybe:
· That your position is a calling, just as much as we re called to our roles as pastors/directors.
o You re here for a purpose, calling, and reason. What an assistant does for the ministry is as vital the life-change of an individual as the pastor on a stage or in leader in front of a small group.
o You really part of what happens. You have value in the nuts and bolts of day-to-day ministry.
· Know that you have a voice in this, and let it be heard!
o Your opinion matters significantly. In the chaos of planning, writing, organizing, and pulling off great events and ministry happenings; it s important that your voice be heard. Don t be a willing participant in disaster!
· You are the first line of pastoral care.
o When you answer the phone you are the first touch point of grace. Your actual voice and conversation can bring hope and understanding to a difficult situation for someone.
· I view you as a level of protection.
o Discretion should be used in communicating information that isn t life-giving. This is NOT a warning to keep secrets from the pastors, but using wisdom about what information should and should be communicated in its entirety.
· I m as here for you as I am for others.
o Don t be afraid to ask for prayer, encouragement, or share what is happening in your life. While it s important to guard my time, it s also important that you don t create unneeded distance between us.
· Take ownership in the things you don t fully agree with.
o You will not totally do everything the way the pastor may do it, but you should still do it with integrity.
o Taking ownership means that I don t obey simply to fill in a checkmark next to the tasks on my to-do list. Taking ownership means that you defend the decision and pass it off as my very own. If I make it known that I m doing something in a way that isn t my way it undermines my own authority, alienates those in authority over me, and decreases my potential for success.