THE WEEK OF A CREATIVE PASTOR

I was so privileged to attend the first ever Hillsong Worship and Creative conference in Sydney, Australia in November 2017. There were so many session that spoke volumes so I thought I’d jot down a few of my “take aways” from the conference.

This one is a from a session from Chris Davenport from Hillsong LA on “the week of a creative pastor”. Chris shared a few things that he implements in his week that he believes has made him effective at what he does. Maybe they can help you:

1. Measure your wins

This is something I immediately implemented when I came back, and which evolved into becoming a big part of our church staff culture. Church is busy. As Sunday ends and Monday begins, the next Sunday is closing in on the horizon. If we don’t take time to actually process what went right, we will quickly lose the passion of ministry and the joy of seeing what God is doing. Get into a habit of starting your week thinking of a few things that went really well the previous week, and processing why they went well. Sometimes it’s just God – but sometimes you were actually just freaking amazing. Do that again next week!

2. Define your growth areas

Looking back to see the wins is amazing. Looking back to find what could have been better, and deciding how to make them better, will result in more wins – which is amazing. Take time to be real about what didn’t work. In the context of a worship pastor/leader, that could mean being honest about the sucky song transition. If you’re a communicator, that could mean acknowledging that you spoke too long and need to figure out how to get to the point quicker. Define the areas of growth, and start improving today.

3. Connect with your 1, 3 and 5

I guess this one would look different in every context – it looks slightly different for me. But Christ connects with these three groups every week:

  • His five team leaders to get feedback, reports, wins and growth points
  • Three core people in his team he will connect with pastorally each week (this will change week to week)
  • His one go-to guy/girl – this would usually be your 2IC, or your immediate superior, if the organizational structure works like this.

Connecting with these people will keep you connected and accountable. Don’t miss this opportunity.

4. Only do what only you can do

Okay so this one has Craig Groeschel written all over it, and I also laugh everytime I hear these words because… well… whatever. We don’t all work at Hillsong with 3000 staff making Sunday happen. If I only did what only I can do, nothing would happen, because I (probably like you) like in a world of multiple responsibilities.

But that doesn’t mean this isn’t worth paying attention to. The essence of this principle is this: if there is someone else that can do something, even if they can’t do it as well as you can, give them an opportunity to do it. Mentor them, train them, stretch them – and soon it will be off your desk.

5. Rest

Man. I struggle with this. I really battle to shut my brain off. Actually, it’s pretty ironic as I should be resting right now. I’m typing this late in the afternoon when I could be taking a few minutes out.

So here’s the important thing to remember: you’re not as important as you think you are. Cheesey as all heck – but, if God and Jesus needed to rest, and found time to rest, you can too!

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