One of the most effective ways for a Senior Pastor to ensure weekend services and volunteer teams are strong is by appointing a key volunteer in the role of a service pastor.
What is a service pastor?
A service pastor is a high-capacity volunteer who takes responsibility of a particular service in church each week. A service pastor oversees the different volunteer teams, mostly connections teams, who play a vital part in integrating people attending their service into the life of the church.
Four key roles of a service pastor include:
1. Service pastors are committed to the vision of the church
A service pastor not only has to understand the vision of the church, but they are sold out to seeing it outworked in their particular service.
For example, Hillsong Church’s vision speaks of building an experience of ‘Welcome Home’ for every individual that walks into any of our locations around the world. The service pastor, then, outworks this vision in their service by encouraging volunteers to welcome people, love people, connect people and making them feel comfortable.
2. Service pastors build and maintain a strong volunteer team
One of the key roles of a service pastor is to build and maintain strength across multiple key team areas involved in a service. They do this in three ways.
Firstly, they’ll raise up a several strong key leaders and place them in the right positions to oversee these key team areas. Secondly, they’ll lead a volunteer prayer meeting immediately before the service to pray for the service and create a sense of unity across the volunteer service team. And thirdly, they’ll communicate with their key area leaders throughout the week to help them to grow their areas and move the service forward as a whole.
3. Service pastors lead the service
Service pastors carry the atmosphere in the service. They will sit on the front row of the auditorium, lean into worship and the preaching, and practically model the kind of atmosphere the Senior Pastor wants to have in the service.
Service pastors create momentum in the service and encourage their teams to replicate the same.
4. Service pastors are available for people
Connecting with people is a key responsibility of a service pastor! Whether it’s catching up with someone before the service, calling people midweek, or referring them to a New Christians course, it is the role of a service pastor and their teams to be available for people and to help them to become integrated into church life.
Having service pastors in your church is a helpful way to serve and help the people that come to your church. It allows the Senior Pastor to focus on big-picture areas, creates an opportunity to raise up new leaders, and builds an environment to help get people connected.
This thought was originally shared during a webinar on Service Pastors hosted by Lourens Kruger and our Hillsong South Africa team during ‘Online Open Week’ in February 2016. Online Open Week is your opportunity to receive impartation and training direct from the Hillsong team through live webinars.
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