If you are a fan of professional basketball, in particular the Golden State Warriors, you would know that Mike Brown has been declared “acting” head coach due to recent health issues concerning the contracted head coach, Steve Kerr. During this election cycle, we have also heard regularly that “so and so” is the “acting” Secretary of “such and such.”
Most of the people I know of who are in roles where they have the title “acting” give 110% to their position.
They give wholehearted focus, energy and effort because they know they are under even more scrutiny. They want to do the best and be the best.
I believe most Senior/Lead pastors desire and work toward the very same outcomes, yet very few of us see ourselves as “acting.” Many might even begin to believe we are permanent. We carry out our God-given calling with this erroneous perspective.