Church Staffing Ministry: Overview
Are You Recruiting the Right Person in the Right Ministry?
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.
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Objective for Staffing in the Church:
Effective staffing ministry must line up with God's design and purpose for the church.
Is it merely about filling positions? Or, is your church staffing ministry about getting the right person for the right ministry so you can most effectively accomplish God's work His way?
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
2. Relief and peace of mind knowing all is well
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.
The Staffing Ministry Manual briefly expounds on some of this content and also provides a three page assessment to evaluate your staffing ministry practices in light of the above.
Also Read: Get Church Staffing Right