QUESTIONS FOR THE 'ASSISTANT' PASTOR:
What is the greatest challenge in being an assistant guy? Lead pastors, how do you think they would answer?
Are you friends? Would you be friends if it was not for your position?
Have you endured criticism for the “lead guy"? What is this like for you? Lead pastors, how do you think they would answer?
How does the lead guy take criticism from you? Do you ever challenge the lead guy?
Do you ever feel used? How and why?
How often do you intentionally encourage the lead guy? Does he encourage you?
FOUR THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS A CO-PASTOR:
- A good assistant pastor is unflinchingly loyal, but not enamored.
- A good assistant pastor is a listening friend, but one who speaks winsomely.
- A good assistant pastor faithfully follows and successfully leads.
- A good assistant pastor operates behind the scenes, and willingly shields the lead pastor.