I have the privilege to talk to scores of young leaders. Many of them are just starting out in ministry and jumping onto the staff of a church. They come in with tons of energy and ambition and a desire to serve. I’ve been asked, “What does it take to be a great staff member?”
If you are on staff or a core volunteer at a church, your pastor needs you to be…
1. A Momentum-Increaser
This is about attitude and energy. Don’t make your leader be the only one pulling up the energy and attitude level for the rest of the team. Bring energy everywhere you go. Communicate with your attitude and your actions that you are “in” and that you stand “with” your leadership.
2. A Values-Champion
If your church has core values or staff values, then make sure you have them memorized. No one should live out the values more than you do. Champion these values at every opportunity. Find ways to work the values into conversation as you talk to church members or new staff.
If your church doesn’t have staff values, click here to download an ebook that’s a free guide to establishing your church staff values.
3. A Silo-Destroyer
A “silo” is when a department of the church exists on its own. This can tear a church down more quickly than just about anything else. Silos have their own mission and vision, instead of working in concert with the overall church mission. Leaders of silos tend to hoard rather than share; they have a scarcity mindset instead of one of generosity.
Be the staff member who sniffs out silos and works against them. You can constantly pull people around you toward the overall church mission and vision.
4. A Straight-Talker
Don’t be the person who talks about others, refuses to tackle conflict, or puts down your team. This can destroy a team and make it miserable to come to work. It takes people who are intentional about staying positive and being honest with each other.
Make a commitment to avoid triangle conversations. When you are talking to one person about another person on the team, this undercuts your influence and the effectiveness of your team. Instead, tackle conflict quickly and directly—even if it is uncomfortable.
5. A Generous Giver
Your church likely doesn’t need your money. Ten percent of one person’s salary probably won’t make a big difference. But I believe those who are most bought in, most invested with their hearts—are those who are financially committed. Matthew said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” I believe that principle holds true.It’s hard to ask the congregation to be invested if the staff and core volunteers aren’t.
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