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September 28, 2015

10 Signs You Shouldn’t Be a Campus Pastor

By Daniel Im


The Campus Pastor role is arguably the hottest job on the market, yet it is one of the most complex and challenging ones to fill.

This is due to the fact that every multisite church does things differently. So, depending on where a church lands on the following questions, ministry will look completely different:

  • How centralized/decentralized will our model be?
  • What constitutes central support?
  • Is the campus pastor role full-time?
  • How fast does the campus need to be self-supporting? Do they have to be?
  • Are we going to use video preaching or ask the campus pastor to preach live? What about a mix?
  • How far away will the campus be?

Do you have what it takes to be a campus pastor?

This is a difficult question to answer, since there is no universal job description for a campus pastor. So the way that a church answers the list of questions above directly affects the shape of the role.

After consulting with a multitude of multisite churches, reading and pilfering through who knows how many books, articles and campus pastor job descriptions, being on staff in three multisite churches, and being in the role in two of them, I feel like I have a good grasp of the broad boundaries, or the riverbanks, of being a campus pastor. So the point of this post is to help you figure out whether or not you fit within the broad boundaries of campus pastoring.

If you agree too much with this list, perhaps campus pastoring is NOT for you.

Read my next two posts, on my personal blog, where I explain these 10 points and help you figure out whether or not campus pastoring is for you.


Daniel Im

Daniel Im (@danielsangi) is the Senior Associate Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church, a multiplying multisite church focused on reaching 1% of Edmonton for Christ. His latest book is You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love. He is also the author of No Silver Bullets and co-author of Planting Missional Churches. He co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, as well as the IMbetween Podcast. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. Because of their love for the local church, after pioneering and leading the church multiplication initiative for LifeWay, Daniel and his wife, Christina, moved back to Canada with their three children. For more information, visit danielim.com and follow him on social media @danielsangi.


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