A youth pastor emailed me recently. He’s frustrated that his pastor continually caves into pressures of a few leaders in the church. They are not supportive of the youth ministry, even though it’s the fastest growing area of the church.
The complaint they have? The ministry is costing far more than it brings into the church. Young people are coming to the church in growing numbers, but without their parents. Young people don’t usually contribute to the church, so it’s causing an issue with some of the deacons. The pastor was involved and supportive in the expansion of youth ministries and the church is financially sound, but a few deacons consider it an “unprofitable” ministry.
The pastor’s solution? Cut back on the youth ministry expenditures to keep the deacons happy.
I’d love to tell you this is an isolated issue, but I’ve written about these type situations before. Obviously, I don’t have all the facts, but based on what I do know, it sounds like the pastor is a weak leader.
Have you ever known a weak leader? They’re usually easy to spot.
Here are 7 signs of a weak leader:
Runs from conflict
Hides all flaws
Never admits a mistake
Quick to pass blame
Pretends to be in control
Shies away from difficult decisions
Appeases critics and complainers
What would you suggest this youth leader do?