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Staffing & the Big Picture

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As communicated in the Staffing Ministry section of the site, staffing includes a number of elements beginning with the need to know where you are headed. After completing a ministry assessment, you will be able to more accurately determine who to recruit to best accomplish these objectives. Placement of people into ministry takes on a greater purpose than merely filling positions. This big picture perspective gives you all the more reason to adequately train and support the people you recruit as you know their contribution matters and it is working toward the common good.

To most effectively work within this big picture, staffing must be seen as ministry and not mere administration. This kind of focus provides some safeguards in staffing.
  1. In staffing you can get so consumed with filling positions and scheduling workers that you actually forget why you are doing it.

The Big Picture in Staffing begins with the church’s purpose because it is about working in cooperation and alignment with God.

  1. If not careful, staffing can turn into managing or controlling people so that you actually treat them more like tools to be manipulated than people.

The Big Picture in Staffing demands the exercise of Body Life principles because people are important.

  1. Sometimes attention can become more on what people do and how they serve than who they are and their need to also be served.

The Big Picture in Staffing is best fulfilled through shepherding because helping people grow into Christ-likeness is going to make them more effective in serving.

  1. In the busyness of all there is to do in staffing, it is so easy to simply plow forward in our own efforts according to what we think is right.

The Big Picture in Staffing requires much prayer because the objective is to follow God’s purposes and design for the Body which requires His heart and His choices.

In upcoming posts we will look at each of these four aspects of the big picture in staffing. You can subscribe to be notified by e-mail of new posts.

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4 Replies to “Staffing & the Big Picture”

  1. Sorry, but as I read this piece, it comes across as being more secular humanism than “church” oriented. After all, aren’t ministries fundamentally built around spiritual gifts than plugging people “round people into square holes”? And the last I read, “administration” is a spiritual gift. Who’s doing the selecting and appointing – the pastor or the church elders?

    • The Big Picture is God’s design and purposes for the Body as described in Scripture (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12) part of which does deal with finding the right fit in ministry based on spiritual gifting. And so, what we do in staffing needs to line up with God’s design and purposes. The objective of this article is that we keep God’s big picture in mind so we avoid the way staffing can easily drift to a secular approach or mere administration … merely seeking to be efficient in the accomplishment of this task, merely seeking to fill positions.

      Those with the spiritual gift of administration are often those who get involved in staffing in the church and they should, by God’s wisdom and power, seek to efficiently accomplish this task but as ministry for the right reasons. They could be pastors, church elders, or other ministry leaders within a church who oversee various ministries.

      Some people who do staffing do not have the gift of administration but rather have a personality that lends itself to administrative types of tasks. Others are able to do the work because of training they have received. Whether by spiritual gifting, personality, or training, to be effective in terms of God’s economy, staffing must be seen as ministry and must line up with God’s big picture design for the Body which is far from secular humanism. As the remainder of the articles in this series are posted, that will become even clearer.

      • Appreciate the clarification and inclusion of “spiritual gifts” specific to certain ministries and appointments of persons to them. Also, just because someone in the church “thinks” they are driven to participate in a specific ministry “mentally” does not mean they are an appropriate fit. Why? Mostly because many who are “emotionally bruised” from personal traumas “feel” they are called into the “helps” roles but may indeed be a poor fit because of their past personal experience(s) and may have personal prejudices against other

        • How true, Winston, that we must guard against using our “feelings” as “the” measuring rod. God may use our life experiences to help us serve others as God “comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Cor. 1:3-4). But, I would agree that our spiritual gifts are the starting point to knowing God’s intent for where we should serve as we walk with Him.

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