After 10 years in Full time Student Ministry God moved me into a new role. The position I gladly stepped into a little over two years ago is that of a Campus Pastor at Rock Bridge Community Church Ringgold Campus. I LOVE MY JOB! However, when I tell people I’m a Campus pastor they always seem to ask the question “So, what do you actually do” Because I don’t preach every week it seems like a strange roll. What I’ve learned is that because I don’t preach every week it frees me up to pastor and live life with people that I normally wouldn’t have time to. Also, communication happens in relationship and not just using the sermon to preach at people!
I was reading some blogs this morning I came across paulalexanderblog.com he had this post called “What is a Campus Pastor? Hopefully this will help you understand a little better just exactly “what” we that call ourselves “Campus Pastors” actually do!
In August, 2012, Leadership Network released a report stating that over 5,000 churches are now multi-site churches (churches that meet in more than one location for worship) It’s a growing trend that first began with mega-churches, but has now expanded to churches of all sizes. With this new trend a new staff role has emerged, that of “Campus Pastor.” While a lot churches are still trying to figure out this new role, here are 6 things that great Campus Pastors do:
1. Reproduce Culture
In a multi-site setting you’re not building culture as so much as you are reproducing it. Somewhere along the line there was a decision made that the church had a culture worth replicating. That’s a big reason you’re multi-siting in the first place. Great Campus Pastors know how to reproduce culture in the context of the community of the new campus location.
2. Build Organizational Alignment
A Campus Pastor doesn’t have to come up with the mission, vision, values, spiritual maturity pathway, leadership distinctive, campus constants, and doctrinal statement. Again, those things already exist. But they do need to know how to build alignment around them and through them.
3. Big “I” Implementer
A great Campus Pastor makes things happen. They know how to see ideas through from concept to completion. They know how to set the staff up to succeed in the implementation of the goals, calendars and budgets of all ministries on their Campus in a manner that moves the campus towards the vision.
Great Campus Pastors know how to work with others. They know how to work with “Central Services” such as a centralized Business or Creative Arts Department to get the right things done.
5. Build a Leadership Culture
They know how to recruit, train, coach and mentor a Staff Team. They provide leadership and oversight to the Campus Staff and in so doing create a healthy staff team environment and leadership culture.
6. Shepherd the Congregation
At the end of the day great Campus Pastors love the local church. They have a shepherding gift and care about people becoming what God has dreamed up for them to look like. They know how to problem solve and shepherd through congregational matters.