The campus pastor role is one of the hottest church jobs on the market and one of the most complex and challenging to fill.
This is due to the fact that every multisite church does things differently. So, depending on where a church lands on the following questions, ministry will look completely different:
- How centralized/decentralized will our model be?
- What constitutes central support?
- Is the campus pastor role full-time?
- How fast does the campus need to be self-supporting? Do they have to be?
- Are we going to use video preaching or ask the campus pastor to preach live? What about a mix?
- How far away will the campus be?
Do you have what it takes to be a campus pastor?
This is a difficult question to answer, since there is no universal job description for a campus pastor. So the way that a church answers the list of questions above directly affects the shape of the role.
After consulting with a multitude of multisite churches, reading and pilfering through who knows how many books, articles, and campus pastor job descriptions, being on staff in three multisite churches, and being in the role in two of them, I feel like I have a good grasp of the broad boundaries, or the riverbanks, of being a campus pastor. So the point of this post is to help you figure out whether or not you fit within the broad boundaries of campus pastoring.
If you agree too much with this list, perhaps campus pastoring is NOT for you.
- I’m not a risk taker
- I’m bad at encouraging financial stewardship
- I can’t bear the weight of leadership responsibility
- I don’t like administration
- I’m better at discipling than evangelizing
- I need to be the one in charge
- I hate politics
- I’m not adaptable
- I feel sleazy when I market something
- I don’t like to preach
Watch for my next two posts this week as I explain these 10 points and help you figure out whether or not campus pastoring is for you.