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Before Your Church Hires That Next Full Time Staff Person . . .

Church Staff Team. . . consider both 11 for 44 Ministry Volunteers and 22 for 44 Ministry Mobilizers. Who are these staff persons?

  • 11 for 44 Ministry Volunteers are people who volunteer to enter into a covenant relationship with the congregation to fulfill a specific staff role for a defined period of time. Typically these would be one to three year covenants. These people serve 11 hours per week for 44 weeks per year. Their time commitment includes the Sunday/weekend hours specifically related to their staff role. They have a staff title and a position description, a negotiated covenant that establishes their goals, and coaching from the pastor or another staff person for the excellent fulfillment of their ministry responsibilities. Most often these will start out as one year commitments that can be renewed. One staff supervisor can easily oversee six 11 for 44 Ministry Mobilizers. Or, they can be supervised by a 22 for 44 Ministry Mobilizer as described next.
  • 22 for 44 Ministry Mobilizers are people who are paid staff and enter into a covenant relationship with the congregation to fulfill a specific staff role for a defined period of time. Typically these would be one to three year covenants. These people serve 22 hours per week for 44 weeks per year. Their time commitment includes the Sunday/weekend hours specifically related to their staff role. They have a staff title and a position description, a negotiated covenant that establishes their goals, and coaching from the pastor or another staff person for the excellent fulfillment of their ministry responsibilities. Most often these will start out as one year commitments that can be renewed. One staff supervisor can easily oversee three or more 22 for 44 Ministry Mobilizers.

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Excellence Eludes Pastors Not Passionate About Vision

Excellence LeapingEarly in my ministry I served on the national missions staff of my denomination. These were wonderful years. I served with a group of highly committed staff with a deep passion for helping leaders, congregations and local and regional denominational organizations reach their full Kingdom potential. It was hard work. I traveled nationally at a time I had two preschool children.

About the time I adjusted to the travel, and my wife and I figured out how to have high quality family life in the midst of my schedule, I was called to a regional denominational position in my wife’s home state. In many ways we saw this as a reward after four years of a challenging schedule. We were now in a state where much travel could occur within a day without having to stay overnight.

What went wrong is that we realized the depth of passion and the striving for excellence we experienced in a national missions agency did not exist in this state. What we considered mediocre at the national missions agency was seen as excellence in this regional denomination.

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10 Not So Good Reasons for Your Congregation to Affiliate With a Denomination

Networking People 02You may have read my serious post responding to a real question from a real congregation where I provided 10 reasons for a non-denominational congregation to affiliate with a denomination. See it HERE.

Now read my not-so-serious post on 10 reasons to affiliate. Any similarity with real life in your denomination is purely accidental or hilarious or sad. Help us all have fun with this by leaving a comment with other not-so-serious reasons.

If any or many of these really are your denomination, I am sorry for poking fun at something that may be painful for you. Perhaps we need to start a 12-step group if you or your congregation is co-dependent on a denomination with any of these characteristics.

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Pastors Leave Congregations, But God’s Vision Never Leaves

Empty PulpitThe idea of congregations expecting the next pastor to bring them vision implies some very important things about the ongoing understanding and practice of vision within congregations.

First, it implies vision comes from the pastor. Second, it implies the last pastor did not have a vision for the congregation. Third, it implies vision comes and goes with pastors, and is not always present. How do you feel about these understandings?

For me these understandings are problematic in several ways. Most important is the point covered in previous posts that vision is from God and not from pastors. If this is true, then a second point is obvious. If vision is from God and is not present for a congregation, then is God’s vision for a congregation temporal and comes and goes? If so, is a third point valid? That is, God does not always have a vision for some or even all congregations.

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Some Days in Some Situations it is Best to Just Let the Bible Speak

BibleIt is enough!

"For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'" Matthew 25:35-36 NASB

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:2 NASB

"So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." Deuteronomy 10:19 NASB

"'The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself;" Leviticus 19:34a NASB