"Should I tell my Lead Pastor About This NOW or LATER?"
It's a question that most staff members struggle with. "When is the right time to share information with my Lead Pastor?" Naturally, you don't want to be a pest and "bother" him. At the same time, you don't want to hold onto information that may be vital to the church for a long time and deprive him of the opportunity to respond in an appropriate way in the appropriate time.
Here is a good list to follow when deciding "Should I tell my Lead Pastor About This NOW or LATER?" that my pastor shared with us.
Report to Lead Pastor NOW (phone call or face to face) if…
1) Someone in the church is angry or upset (he doesn’t want to be blindsided and not be prepared for it)
2) If you made a critical mistake (leadership, judgement error, etc.)
3) If someone is facing a crisis or emergency
4) If it affects the Sunday Morning (main) service (whether today is Monday or Saturday, doesn't matter)
5) If it is a sin issue in the leadership team
6) If it is a “significant” financial issue (the term "significant" varies with each Lead Pastor)
7) If a crucial judgement call is required (don't just guess on what your Lead Pastor would do, ask him)
8) Hospital/Death/Birth (these are significant life moments your pastor wants to be part of)
9) If an important event has a major change
10) If YOU have a significant family crisis
11) If he receives a phone call or visit from someone of importance
12) If it’s a liability issue that could negatively affect the church
Save it for later (e-mail, staff meeting, or in-person) if…
1) No action can be taken right now
2) He won’t end up hearing it from anyone else
3) It doesn’t affect the upcoming service or event
4) You have dealt with it completely with no chance of negative consequences
5) It is “regular” business (approving someone for ministry, calendar decisions, general updates)
6) If the information can be shared in a meeting setting (with others present)
7) If you are merely reporting facts (FYI)
8) If the decision falls within your discretionary authority
9) When the lack of information won’t hurt them
10) If it’s a personal issue, but non-emergency
11) If you disagree with a leadership decision they have made
What do you think? Would you add or take away any from these lists? Share your comments in the comments section.