Staff member insubordination
by Nathaniel Johansen
I'm the lead pastor at a small church of 60-70 people. It is a thriving, growing fellowship of believers. I'm joyful in basically all facets of this ministry, except for one: my Associate Pastor refuses to prove himself faithful with small things. There are multiple examples in our 1.5 years working together (way too many to list off the top of my head) wherein he says he will follow through and simply doesn't. Simple things, such as: asking him to end his bible study at 10:15 on Sunday mornings so that we are ensured to begin worship on time and that our core group will be out of bible study and in the worship center to greet visitors and fellowship prior to a prompt 10:30 start time. I've asked this 4-5 times and he never follows through.
I've asked him to consult me before making purchases on the church debit card (which is just an expense account money is moved over into) so that we make sure not to overdraft this little expense account. He spends money like it's going out of style, with no regard for what I've asked him to do. He has, therefore, overdrafted this little expense account on 3 different occasions only to say, "Sorry about that."
I've asked him to pay close attention during worship (He is the worship pastor as well) to make sure that follows the order I've got listed. All it takes is following along with the bulletin and following my lead for certain parts. He operates in whatever fashion he chooses when it comes to worship order, often times completely ignoring things that I had included for our worship gathering that day.
These types of issues come up once or twice every month. I'm at my breaking point with this guy. And my Leadership Management Team has been little help in supporting me in properly disciplining and/or asking this guy to find a new position somewhere else where he fits better. I've had multiple meetings with him as well as with others along with myself and he always guarantees that the results will be better and literally nothing changes. His word means nothing at this point.
Any suggestions? I'm keeping my eyes fixed on Christ but leading someone that simply refuses to follow is simply not sustainable for me. I appreciate all input!