I remember the days when I was on church staff and if you’re anything like me it wasn’t uncommon to periodically find myself feeling overwhelmed, and perhaps even a bit discouraged. Not because I didn’t like what I was doing but because some of my projects and/or workload seemed like I was making absolutely no progress.
Through my short four years as a staff member at a megachurch, I learned very quickly through bumps and bruises that the only way to get folks to follow you in what you’ve been called to do in any ministry is to possess one key ingredient.
To be a successful cat herder – or, I mean, to be a successful ministry team staff member, is to be strategic with your time and where you focus your energies. One of the best ways to do that is to make a list of goals for the year. Have you made a list of goals you want to achieve in the office this year? I encourage you to do so.
You may be asking, “where do I start, how do I make a list of goals?” A good way to start is by examining what are some of the ministry goals and plans for this year.
Here’s what I’ve seen: The distance between creating an idea to implementing said idea can be as wide as the Grand Canyon. Sometimes leadership gets so excited about an idea, they think, “why not take the new strategy or new event announced today, and implement it by this weekend?” Below, I’m going to address leaders directly – but first, I have a few ideas for staff in this position.
There seems to be this stigma that you shouldn’t deny a request by a pastor or director. Unfortunately, that’s not realistic. Remember the verse that says God is no respecter of persons? The same is true for us. We must treat ALL people with the same level of respect, kindness and love. No exceptions.
No joke, when I heard Lesley Baker was joining the staff at ACS Technologies, the first word that popped into my head was: “Score!” Lesley was a longtime ACS Technologies client – a super-user, really – and a popular speaker at our annual Ideas to Impact Conference. Now, she’s an Implementation Specialist, and we’re delighted… Continue Reading »