Eric Geiger: The Only Place and Time a Pastor’s Job Won’t Be Changing

In January Elon Musk sent an email to employees letting them know of the challenging days ahead for Tesla. In the midst of a year in which they “made their first meaningful profit in the 15 years since they created Tesla,” they would be (a) laying off 7 percent of their workforce and (b) increasing production because “there isn’t any other way.” Musk appealed to the vision of clean energy when he candidly admitted that Tesla would not be able to offer work-life balance.

“There are many companies that can offer a better work-life balance, because they are larger and more mature or in industries that are not so voraciously competitive. Attempting to build affordable clean energy products at scale necessarily requires extreme effort and relentless creativity, but succeeding in our mission is essential to ensure that the future is good, so we must do everything we can to advance the cause.”

You have to appreciate Elon Musk’s passion and consistent commitment to a vision. He also is honest about that vision requiring more production with less people—which is, of course, a hard sell for leaders to make. Essentially the people who remain on the team will carry more responsibility and, in some sense, their jobs will change. But this is true for more organizations (and ministries) than Tesla. While you may not be asked for more production with fewer people on the team, your job will change if you are in one of the following six scenarios:

The Only Place and Time Your Job Won’t Be Changing

1. If your organization or ministry is growing, your job will be changing.

When growth occurs, there are more people to serve and more responsibilities to share. In the midst of growth, jobs continually change. Things move around. People take on additional work. Organizational structures morph.

2. If your organization or ministry is in start-up phase, your job will be changing.

During a start-up, roles change as new learning is acquired. Things are moving at a fast pace and the information that was available when the roles were first designed is not the same information the organization has now.

3. If the context or the industry is changing, your job will be changing.

If the industry changes, so will your job. If the context where your church is located changes, so will your role. If there are less resources because of a downturn in the economy, your job will be changing.

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Source: Church Leaders