Great Leaders “Equip” More than “Do.”
One of The Unstuck Group’s foundational beliefs that influences how we help churches get unstuck is the principle that churches should fill leadership roles with equippers, not doers. It’s laid out clearly for us in Ephesians 4.
As staff recruiting in the ministry world continues to evolve and become more competitive and sophisticated, churches and recruiting firms have developed a keen sense of red flags during the recruiting process that help indicate whether a candidate is a good fit for your church or not. Those red flags may be a bit different from church to church, but there are many red flags that are fairly consistent across the board.
Sometimes I get nervous when I see a pastor’s number pop up on my phone a few months after we finish a Staffing & Structure Review. A million scenarios (usually worst case) go through my head. I wonder if someone resigned, got sick, refused a suggested move…
However, when one pastor’s name popped up recently, I started smiling.
Take a second to really consider: are your staff satisfied in their roles?
As we all know, the power of any team is multiplied when its members are unified. But too often, church staff teams are marked by division and poorly managed conflict. I hope you haven’t experienced it, but there’s a good chance you will at some point.
We see this all the time: church staff teams are not built for growth. It’s one of several church staffing/structure issues that consistently reveal themselves when my team and I are serving churches across North America.
We typically recommend that church think ahead, designing a future structure that would support the ministry if it were twice its current size. Sticking with your current structures and leadership capacity will get you the same results you’ve always achieved. It takes new structures and increased leadership capacity to achieve new, expanded results. (more…)
About five years before the announcement, Lead Pastor Bill Schroeder at The Chapel in Sandusky, OH started preparing to pass the baton of leadership. He engaged conversations with trusted business leaders and pastors, read the best-selling books, and started planning with the church’s senior leadership team.
“People at our church just won’t volunteer.”
It’s a response we get often to our research on volunteer involvement. We recently found that the average church engages 45% of adults and students in volunteer roles. Many even engage upwards of 71%! However, for many churches, those numbers sound like an impossible dream.
What is the difference among churches with a high volunteer rate? In many cases, these churches have traded a culture of status for a culture of service.
One of the most common lids to growth in a church is structure. It can free you up to move toward the vision that God has given your church or it can chain you to the past. Either way, it’s your choice. But how do you know if a restructure is in your future? These helpful tips below will help you get going in the right direction.