Define Expectations

I’m working on some materials to transition performance objectives from the workplace into pastors setting objectives for staff members, but in the mean time, I want to take a second to address the daily searches that lead people to my website about problems between worship leaders and senior pastors:

Be humble!

From the very first week at UC, Pastor Joe, Chelsea and I met on Monday morning to evaluate how things went on Sunday. We almost always asked Pastor Joe how we could better help him accomplish the vision. Everytime I led at FC, I called Bro. Bill after every Saturday night service to find out what I could make better for the Sunday service. It requires that you allow yourself to submit to your pastor, but don’t be afraid to ask how they feel about your work. If you’re afraid to ask, then chances are (not always, but most times) that you’re insecure about the quality of your own work. Some pastors are manipulative, and some are down-right mean, but whenever you place yourself in that position, it hurts a lot less than someone having to shove you into a place of submission.

Any leader should be able to ask their own leader how they’re doing and find out how they can help make things better. If your pastor doesn’t set objectives for you to reach yearly/monthly, don’t try and institute a policy change, just ask him what he wants you to accomplish over the next month or the next year. There may be things he’s having a hard time communicating to you – because you’re defensive, because you refuse to listen.

Proverbs 1
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.

Proverbs 9
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.


One thought on “Define Expectations

  1. Very good thoughts, Matthew! I love the evaluation process in order to get better at what God has called us to do. God only knows we all need to get better! 🙂 From a Sr. Pastor’s standpoint, I believe we could do a lot better job of listening.
    The saying is sort of worn out, but I still believe in, “we strive to do our best because God doesn’t deserve any less”!

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