1) Conduct a personal ministry management study. Make a sheet and note all the tasks you do and how much time it has taken for each. Then ask, “Is that ministry-related?” “Is that task driven by my calling in the Kingdom or is it driven by other inappropriate CEO attitudes and behaviors?”
2) Change the staff configuration. Whether using paid or volunteer help, develop a staff support for the ministry which releases the pastor of the CEO tasks when possible.
3) Shift your ministry and leadership style. Make a tilt away from the executive and toward the prophetic.
4) Don’t shun the appropriate essentials of the ministry calling. Some pastors use the “CEO” discussion to avoid work. “I just preach and let others do the rest.” It sounds so spiritual until one sees they do little ministry of any kind.
An honest, discerning examination of the Scriptural ministerial and prophetic offices reveals that these offices were never bureaucratic. On the other hand, they weren’t laissez faire propositions either.
Prophets were extremely disciplined, passionate, spiritual change agents. Their calling was much more pervasive than any CEO’s. They balked at nothing unspiritual. They preached regardless of the potential pain. They willingly gave their lives as they preached to influence churches, regions, nations, princes, and kings wherever they were. This boldness is the hallmark of the ministerial office.
5) Prioritize the ministry of the Gospel. When individuals complete time management and delegation seminars they are taught to think about the tasks before they do them. Is it proper for me or not? A similar thing must be done to make a shift from CEO-cracy to theocracy.
For the next week or two, consider what you are doing. Is it essential to the proclamation of the Gospel? Is it central to the Scriptural task of ministry? Will it directly help people realize they are forgiven, redeemed and graciously sealed in God’s Word of Grace? Or is it just another thing that you’ve done to help take up the slack somewhere else?
6) Be Good Stewards of God’s Gift of Ministry. Stewardship starts and ends with the pastor. What are you gifts? What is your training? What specialties do you have? Which are you using? Neglecting? Perhaps the most tragic event in God’s theocracy is when His chosen people are in the wrong area. If doing other non-ministry orientated tasks–or doing ceo-type tasks gets in the way of your specific ministry training, don’t do it.
7) Be a Theocratic Leader. Lead the congregation to the King of Kings. Let His grace and forgiveness enact a total transformation of their hearts, souls, and spirituality to seek the rule of the Theocratic King.