By Tony Morgan
A lot of churches start with the who’s and then try to figure out the what’s.
They hire for the positions they think they’re supposed to have, and then write job descriptions (sometimes), give assignments and create work for those people to do.
I’d say this whole approach lacks wisdom and, in the worst cases, misuses Kingdom resources. Why would you hire people and then come up with things for them to do? Isn’t that backwards?
In my opinion, it’s better to start with the what’s and then find the who’s. And clearly defining the what’s without a bias for the way things have always been done is harder than it sounds. You have to ask yourself tough questions that may mean some positions are no longer necessary, or some you’ve never even considered should be added.
Your staff positions should support the growth engines of your church: both spiritual and numeric growth.
Some questions to ask yourself (if you dare):