The following is and interview with Scott Williams of LifeChurch.tv from October 2008. These are Scott’s answers:
What is your ministry background? What did you do before becoming a Campus Pastor?
I donâ€™t have any formal â€œministry trainingâ€ besides volunteering within one of the LifeChurch.tv ministry areas.
Prior to becoming a Campus Pastor at LifeChurch.tv; I had spent 13 years 6 months and 7 days in the prison systemâ€¦ I was actually a warden in both the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems.Â My other professional experience includes but was not limited to:Â Real Estate Investment, Correctional Consultant, Assistant to Company President, Political Consultant, Lobbyist, Small-Business Owner, College Professorâ€¦
If you were a pastor, do you still preach? If you were a pastor, do you miss preaching regularly?
How would you define the role of Campus Pastor?
Being a Campus Pastor provides the unique opportunity to cast vision, pastor, shepherd, lead, provide fiscal accountability, counsel, train, developâ€¦. without the responsibility of teaching/preaching each and every weekend. Although as a Campus Pastor, I will teach several times a year.Â I personally feel that I have the best of both worlds; my campus receives the teaching from our Senior Pastor Craig who is a truly gifted leader and phenomenal communicator. Additionally, I get to be the â€œSenior Pastorâ€ for my campus.
With your focus being on the role of a Campus Pastor and not preparing a weekly sermon, what do you get to do that you think a lot of pastors/preachers miss out on? What are the advantages of your role?
Again, I have the best of both worlds; my campus receives the teaching from our Senior Pastor Craig who is a truly gifted leader and phenomenal communicator. Additionally, I get to be the â€œSenior Pastorâ€ for my campus.Â I think other pastors might miss out on the fact that they donâ€™t have the freedom to just lead; without the absence of the time and commitment necessary for adequate weekly sermon preparation.Â If teaching is an individualâ€™s primary spiritual gift, then the role of Campus Pastor in the LifeChurch.tv system could pose a challenge to adequately express that gift.
What are the unique challenges for a Campus Pastor at a multi-site role?
Balancing centrally driven directives/initiatives vs. individual campus autonomy; as well as developing a unique overall campus culture.
What is your communication like with your main campus or central support system?
Consistent communication via e-mail, conference calls, video conferencing, face-to-face meetings and consistent communication with Regional Campus Pastor, who serves as Supervisor/Advocate/Liaison between the Campus Teams and the central organization.
This is from DJ Chuang of Leadership Network: Do you have a backup plan? If technology fails you are you the one to preach that day? What is your backup plan?
Our back-up plan includes receiving a copy of our Senior Pastorâ€™s sermon notes mid-week prior to the weekend experience.Â If satellite is down or there is a technical difficulty prior to our first Saturday night experience; then I will have to teach the messageâ€¦
As a result of our Satellite being moved less than 1 degree during a serious wind storms;Â I personally had to preach a last minute message from Craigâ€™s sermon notesâ€¦ only one-time so far (Praise The Lord).Â We record the Saturday night service and implement a multi-layered redundancy plan for the remainder of the weekend. (Satellite, DVD, DVR, Back-up Hard Drive)
Anything that you’d like to say, add, point out, etc.?
It is more difficult than one would think to effectively lead a campus/congregation with minimal weekly stage time.