Every Pastor wants his Church members do their ministries well. But even among highly committed members, practicing certain habits can really make you distinguish yourself as to excel in the business of the Kingdom of God.
Here are 10 tips for making sure you're on the Pastor's A-list and ultimately on God's A-list:
1. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Especially at the beginning of your relationship with other Church members or in serving the Church in any new capacity -- that is, when either you or the Pastor is new to the any ministry in the Church -- err on the side of giving your Pastor too much information and asking too many questions.
There's no such thing as a dumb question. Look at it as information gathering.
Don't keep up the constant stream of communication unless your Pastsor likes it, though. It's best to ask directly whether you're giving the Pastor enough information or too much.
2. Acknowledge What the Pastor Says
Pastors appreciate "responsive listening." When your Pastor asks you to do something or suggests ways for you to improve your work, let him know you heard.
When your Pastor has a new idea, respond to it in a constructive way instead of throwing up roadblocks.
Be willing to brainstorm ways to get something done.
4. Build Relationships
You'll make your Pastor look good if you establish a good rapport with those your ministries serve, whether they're inside the Church or outside. Bring back what you learn -- about ways to offer better ministry service, for example -- to your Pastor. This is also helpful for your own ministry development.
Everybody wins in the long run.
5. Understand How You Fit In
Is your Pastor detail-oriented, or someone who keeps his head in the clouds?
The Pastor's personality is just incredibly important.
Equally important is understanding what your Pastor wants in a member of his staff. It may be, for example, that a Pastor who is detail-oriented will expect his ministry to be as well. But a Pastor who has no time for details may actually appreciate a member of his staff who does.
6. Learn the Pastor's Pet Peeves
If your Pastor has said repeatedly that he dislikes being interrupted first thing in the morning, don't run to his office to give him a project update when you first get in.
7. Anticipate the Boss's Needs.
Once you have worked with your Pastor for a while, you should be able to guess what information he will want before approving anything that involves money or expenditure, for example.
If you provide it ahead of time, that's a gold star.
8. Think One Level Up
You still need to do your own job, of course. But when Pastors consider who deserves a promotion, they look for people who understand the issues that their ministry or Church face.
9. Open Yourself to New Ways of Doing Things
When your Pastor comes to you with a new idea, don't simply dismiss it. If you don't think it will work, offer to discuss it further in a mature, responsible, adult-like way.
10. Be Engaged in Your Work
Arguing with your Pastor over every ministry request is not a good strategy, but neither is simply shrugging your shoulders and agreeing with everything your Pastor says. The Pastor would like to see an engaged individual. That means both showing enthusiasm for your work and speaking up when you see room for improvement in the Church or ministry.
"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."