Recently, we asked Clint Mix, CBOQ’s Director of Congregational Health, “What is the one thing we need to be doing to become a healthier family of churches?” Here’s what he had to say:
“The one thing I believe would bring about the greatest change is to shift the role of pastor at a local church level. What if we moved our pastors from doing mission for us and ministry to us to training us for mission and for ministry?
I’m convinced that some of our very best pastors are ones you’ll never hear about. They’re hidden back a layer or two within their church and are always putting others into the spotlight. “Look at what she’s doing!” “See how he’s using the gifts God gave him!” Their driving focus is on training, equipping and sending those around them to be part of the mission of God on the front lines. Whenever I talk with a search committee, I say, “you’ve got to find someone who empowers.”
The capacity to empower grows in those who genuinely believe that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) We are to count ourselves as dead every day. It’s not about my agenda or getting recognition. Our ego is sidelined. It’s less about what I’m doing for the church and more about what we’re doing together, how the church as a whole is moving forward.
Sometimes our churches stagnate because we limit mission and ministry to what one person can do. If pastors are able to recast their role as releasing the giftedness of others, and the congregation steps up in response, our churches will bloom.”