Field Pastoring vs. Sanctuary Pastoring (Part Three)
Ever listen to yourself (and all other ministry leadership development people) run leadership development time with… ministry leaders?
Here’s how it sounds to me 99% of the time: “What we must do is get a, b, c and 1, 2, 3 right in that exact order, at the right time, with the right people, doing the right things, and THEN we will grow as a ministry.”
When things go wrong
This is the thing about Sanctuary Pastoring: It begins with what we must get right in going for the results that we want.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with that. We all need to learn the right way of doing things. But, the thing is that, if the elimination of wrong is what it takes to get the right results, then you’re in big trouble.
That is why, in Field Pastoring, the focus is on what to do when things go wrong. That’s when the results start to look like progress.
How things can go right
One good example is what happens when (somewhat fresh) lay people get placed in volunteer leadership for the first time and begin to experience the disagreements, difficulty, and disappointments that come with it.
Often, there is no “leadership development workshop” for that occasion. But, failure to engage with such persons at such times can mean big losses for the ministry as a whole.
If you think you know or have one of these persons, thinking about a pre-emptive workshop on when things go wrong emotionally with “church” and how the best results can come after that.