The matrix

The pastoral staff
Jason Byassee’s Team players is an important article for those of us who do ministry in the unique matrix called a “church staff.” When I am not behind my desk at the Christian Century, I continue to serve as pastor of what Lyle Schaller calls a “multiple-staff church.” His book The Multiple Staff and the Larger Church sits in the crowded management section of my library. Schaller is among the best and his books reward rereading, especially after years of living in the matrix. I picked up Byassee’s essay with some trepidation, not only because I am one of “them,” a senior minister, but also because I have vivid memories of my friends, early in my ministry, getting together to talk about how terrible life was for them as associate pastors. I listened as they swapped horror stories and, when I had none to contribute, I felt as if I’d missed something important.

 

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