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What Every Church Should Know

So you just had the final committee meeting, the motion carried, and now you are bringing your new staff member “home” in a cardboard box with some holes in the top. If you want your staff member to have a long and happy life and not run away the first time someone forgets to shut the back door, you will want to do some things to give your new ministry leader a happy home.

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1. Remember you called/hired him to lead, so let him lead.

Sure, there were some holes in your church responsibilities that needed to be done by some qualified individual, but if you truly are bringing in new blood for the sake of shaking things up a bit, don’t bog him down with housekeeping items.

2. Allow him to pursue his passions.

Ministry leaders are a different breed. They are not motivated by the same things that motivate many other types of pets. While pay increases and promotions are nice and even welcomed, the ministry leader attains gratification through a totally different set of factors. If you hired a ministry leader, you probably did it because he was passionate about a particular area of ministry and you wanted to add that passion to your ministry team. Don’t discourage pursuit of that passion so your new ministry leader can do other things no one wants to do.

3. Support your new ministry leader.

Everyone knows once you get your new leader established in his new home that he will need food and water. But he will also need your companionship. Many times ministry leaders are hired so the church can wipe their hands clean of a particular area of ministry and say, “that’s why we hired (insert leader’s name).” But the truth is, your ministry leader does not want to do it alone. If you have a great idea for a new ministry opportunity, do not throw it in his cage and walk away. Work with your ministry leader to make it happen together. Ministry leaders are very social creatures and really desire your companionship. While most are very loyal and hard-working, they would rather work “with” you than “for” you.

4. Give him time to rest and recoup.

If you’ve had your new ministry leader more than a few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that wheel in the cage moves a lot faster and longer on Sundays than it does the other six days of the week. This is no accident. This is how God made your ministry leader and he wouldn’t have it any other way. But what he needs from you is time to rest and recoup. He won’t get the same “nourishment” from weekly church services that you do, so it’s important to let him have his own time to read, rest, listen to sermons, etc. It’s also nice if your staff member has a budget to be able to purchase books and resources to help this process. In fact, if your ministry leader is leading two or more services on Sunday and doing other ministries during the week, he will leave the service many times exhausted, and NOT refreshed and nourished.

5. Don’t assume he’s not working.

Many people rush right into getting their new ministry leaders without really doing their homework. They don’t quite understand their quirky habits or the way they go about doing things. Often times so much of the work that these loyal friends do is behind the scenes, and because of that, many people assume that their “dormant” little friend is not doing his job. Just remember that many of the tasks that no one wants to do have been picked up and done by your new staff member and if he does them efficiently, you may never realize he’s doing anything at all because there is no squeaky wheel to grease. One of the major jobs of your ministry leader is counseling. He may spend hours a week behind closed doors discussing things with others that no one can or should know about. Unfortunately, sometimes the only time people take notice of their ministry leader is when there is an accident in the floor to clean up. But if you look closely, many times you will find lots of little things your staff member is doing to keep your church headed in the right direction.

6. Provide for his basic needs and the needs of his family.

Many people believe that, despite a fine pedigree and years of training, ministry leaders are happy with less “food and water” than other types of pets. Since they are so loyal and hard-working, the assumption is made that we should ration their food to save money. While most ministry leaders are very loyal and very hard working, they do have needs and do like to be rewarded. As we discussed above (#2) that they are not always motivated by the same treats and rewards as other pets. However, they do have needs, passions, and interests outside of ministry and like to be able to pursue those as well. Also, it sends a positive message to your leader’s family when they feel like they are being cared for adequately.

Taken From: Jason B. Huffman



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