PASTORAL TEAM MANIFESTO
As pastors of Seven Mile Road, we're committed to being a holy, prolific and uncommonly unified pastoral team for the good of our people and the Bostonians we are sent to."
It is absolutely imperative that the men on our team are pursuing personal holiness without compromise. Lazy, entitled, secret sin in our lives will dampen, damage or even destroy everything we are trying to do. We cannot give an inch here. Nothing can slow this thing down or spin this thing sideways like sin in our senior leaders.
This is just a fancy way of saying that we are committed to getting lots of fruitful work done together. It's not enough to just coast aimlessly through our ministries. We are going to hold each other accountable for our work. This will means being vigilant about having clarity on job descriptions and performances objectives and tying metrics down as tightly as possible to what health would look like in our church and our roles.
We are pursuing a hard thing together: building a faithful and fruitful church in an increasingly hostile post-Chrstian culture. Any old level of unity won't cut it. We need to be uncommonly for each other. We'll have early birds, night owls, multi-taskers, lone wolves and more on this team. We need to be aware of this reality and give and take as needed, with an emphasis on give, meaning both accommodating to the needs of the team when our natural tendency is to not, and bearing with/thanking God for a brother who rolls differently. And we need to fight holy. Healthy families sometimes see things differently from one another. They are not afraid to challenge, to press, to dissent, to ask for explanations, to agree to disagree, etc. The key is that they do all of this with both affectionate love and fierce loyalty remaining intact. We need to get and live there.
FOR THE GOOD OF OUR PEOPLE
The names and faces and stories of the Seven Milers that Jesus, our Senior Pastor and Chief Shepherd, has seen fit to give to our care, are sacred. Our primary calling (and therefore success) is not in our performance of pastoral tasks or building of systems or completion of deliverables or running of programs but in making disciples of the men and women that Jesus has given us. We are not managers, writers, speakers or entrepreneurs per se. We are pastors. Our work of preaching/teaching, administering the sacraments, discipline and organizational leadership always needs to be personal. This work is about the people that Jesus bled and died to ransom for His glory.
AND THE BOSTONIANS WE ARE SENT TO
Jesus' church is by nature a missional institution. Everything that happens with us must be oriented outward toward a world that is in desperate need of hearing and believing the gospel. We can never grow so inward focused that folks who are currently outside of grace are not of concern. This is not an either-or but a both-and. In making disciples of the saints, we are necessarily commissioning them to light up their world. If we are not relentlessly loving and gospeling our neighbors and social network as an example to the flock, we're doing less than is required of us and settling for less than our highest joy.