Your Staff Is Your Key to Success

by kensneed2 on March 26, 2012

You’re the lead pastor of a church where your service is greatly appreciated.  You have a staff of ministers who are committed to God’s work.  You’ve been the leader the church has been looking for.

What’s going to keep you from guiding this flock to reach and disciple more people?

The answer is . . . you!

Your Ministry, Your Staff

Your staff, on the other hand, is your secret to being the success that God wants you to be.  So . . . how is it that you can be your own stumbling block, but your staff is going to be the key to your success?

It’s because when they’re functioning at their best, you, as their leader, get the credit for being the one who inspires and guides and brings out the best in their ministries.

You have experience that moved you into the place you now occupy.  Now is the time to invest your knowledge and experience in your staff to everyone’s advantage.

It’s easy for all of us to get wrapped up in our responsibilities, goals and desires, but this is the time to give to others.  Junior staff members are hired to fulfill specific ministry needs in the church.  The seminary education properly prepared each staff member for everything they’ll face in ministry . . . right!?  (How many times have you said to yourself that a particular incident you were dealing with wasn’t addressed in your educational process?)  And if you have part-time staff who haven’t any training to deal with issues they’ll be facing, you need to be investing in them to help them better serve the congregation.

If you don’t invest in your staff, you’ll be facing the conflicts and upset members that are the outcome of poor choices on their part, or failure to act in the best interest of all.  Lack of preparation and experience are probably the most frequent reasons for poor choices or failure to act in a proactive manner.  So following Jesus’ example of servanthood, take your place as the servant of your staff so they can elevate you to the place of honor in your church’s eyes.

The Example for Getting the Best Staff

Read Jesus’ thoughts and example about serving.  Begin your investment in staff today so you can begin enjoying the dividend of being a respected leader of successful leaders.

 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”Matthew 20:16

 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable:  “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.  If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.  But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests.  For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”Luke 14:7-11

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.  “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.John 13:12-17

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