Like the cry sounded forth in recent years in the world due to food, fuel, and financial shortages, so do churches sound the alarm due to labor shortages. Many churches are failing to reach peak quality and effectiveness because they lack capable lay leadership and ministry workers.
Before pointing the finger at the busy, cluttered lives of so many Christians, perhaps church leaders should first examine the effectiveness of their staffing ministry.
Objective for Staffing in the Church:
Elements of Staffing Ministry:
- Assessment: In light of your church purposes, what ministry should be happening?
- Ministry Profiling: Who are the workers needed to accomplish the ministry? Take into consideration spiritual gifting, heart passions, personality temperament, experience, and walk with God.
- Recruitment: How will you contact the people whose ministry profile fits the task to see if they are available and willing to serve?
- Placement: How will you go about placing the right person into the right ministry at the right time?
- Training: What resources and encouragement will you provide prospective and current workers to help them be effective?
Benefits of Developing an Effective Staffing Ministry:
1. Joy and satisfaction of fulfilling God's plan
- brings glory to Him
- needs are being met as people function as a body
2. Relief and peace of mind knowing all is well
- guilt-free because you are not misusing or abusing people in ministry
- less stress because the ministry is moving forward according to God's plan and design and He will produce the growth, not you
- less anxiety over future recruiting needs as you are becoming more confident in God's ways and the people are becoming more accepting and working more in cooperation
Profile of who should be involved in church staffing ministry:
For an overall staff administrator/coordinator, look for someone with the gifts of administration and possibly exhortation who is also people-oriented. Someone with the gifts of administration and pastor would be a wonderful blend.
For the assessment, ministry profiling, or placement parts only, someone with the gifts of discernment or knowledge may do well. An analytical personality would be ideal.
For handling recruitment only, someone with the gift of exhortation would handle the interviewing process well. A diplomatic, people-oriented personality would be best.
For training only, the gift of exhortation would be good. Look for a practical, people-oriented personality.