I mentioned here that I once surveyed my board, to get a better handle on their view of the rabbi's job description.
In that survey, I submitted sixteen scenarios, taken from eight different areas of rabbinic work, and asked them to answer (a) whether these were items for the rabbi to handle, and (b) how high a priority these should be for the rabbi, on a scale of 1 to 10.
I found the results very useful, and not entirely what I had expected. (To honor confidentiality, I will not discuss the actual results here. Sorry.)
In retrospect, I would do two things differently:
1) Poll the whole shul as well;
2) Change the ranking to 1-5 instead of 1-10; I find that people do better with 1-5.
Here are the scenarios:
Offering religious guidance on when to recite certain prayers or blessings
Handling kashrut questions
Addressing ideas for making the shul davening more inspirational
Helping plan and organize ritual celebrations
Implementing programs for communal and individual study
Making sure the library is an up-to-date, well-stocked resource
Advising on ways to relate to a lesbian daughter
Providing marital counseling
Making sure members know the shul is “there for them” and responsive to them
Providing short-term assistance in a financial crisis
Drafting a flyer publicizing a shul event
Recruiting people for a shul program
Writing a column on a Jewish theme for the local newspaper
Serving as the Jewish representative on the board of the local hospice
Adjusting the heat or A/C for the morning minyan
Making sure the synagogue building is open for a program
Take the survey; I'd love to see what you - and your shul board - do with it...