I’m a lay person on the governing board of my church, where I’ve been a member about 5 years.
Our pastor is on track to retire within 3-5 years. I’ve had the impression for a long time that he was sort of “phoning it in” and recent conversations with more than one of the church staff indicate this is definitely true with regard to his leadership of the staff…there doesn’t appear to be any. So what ends up happening is that one of the staff who has a very extroverted personality (and who has been a member of the church for many years) is essentially running things…the pastor sits back and does whatever this person suggests. Lots of resentment ensues.
The church has good leadership from an associate and two retired pastors who help out, as well as from dedicated lay leaders. But finances are suffering, numbers are dropping, and the staff and church need more.
What should I/we do? If you were this pastor, what would you hope your board would do?
Some great advice here! What about the rest of you? What thoughts or experiences do you have? Please share in the comments section. Also, please do send your questions to askthematriarch[at]gmail[dot]com. Our queue is nearly empty, so we could address your question quite soon!