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Crosspoint Church  |  Pleasanton, CA  |  Baptist: SBC  |  0-75 attendance

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Worship Pastor
First Assembly of God  |  Clanton, AL  |  Assemblies of God  |  125-250 attendance

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First Baptist Church  |  Columbia, TN  |  Baptist: SBC |  1,000-1,500 attendance


God designed and intends His church to grow. I cannot stress this enough: church leaders are not responsible for church growth; that’s God’s job – our responsibility is to be faithful to minister to the people God sends to us. While most churches provide meaningful ministry to their community, many churches operate with a staff structure that hinders growth instead of encourages it.

Here are the first steps to create a healthy and intentional church staffing plan:

  1. Believe that God wants to grow your church. The entirety of the New Testament is testimony of our commission to make disciples (see especially the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4 and Ephesians 4:11-13). Again, growth is God’s job, but we do our part to follow and facilitate that which God desires to accomplish.
  2. Focus on the 5 key areas of ministry. Start small but start with a full team. Even if your key areas are staffed by volunteers, make sure you have a point person to provide leadership for each one. Conventional wisdom recommends one full time staff member (or full time equivalent) for every 100 people, but you can begin with a few part-time staff members then increase compensation as budget allows. With rare exception, these are listed in order of staffing priority: 1. Worship/Music; 2. Children's ministries; 3. Student ministry; 4. Adult discipleship; 5. Operations
  3. Hire for function; coach for form. First, look for someone with a passion for the ministry area you need to staff. Second, dig into their character – teaching a skill takes far less time than crafting character (you might want to consider creating a longer-term discipleship plan to develop future church staff members). To give you a place to start, check out our free “Must Have Character Traits and Competencies for Church Staff Members” guide.
  4. Provide clear expectations and outcomes. Put it in writing, even if you’re recruited an unpaid volunteer to provide leadership for one of these key areas of ministry. You’ll find countless resources online to help you craft a job description (we’re big fans of Life Church’s Open Network) but you’ll need at a minimum to communicate the specifics of a staff member’s responsibility, the scope of their authority, and who holds them accountable.
  5. Continually inspire and equip. Give your staff every opportunity to be successful by providing resources, time away for conferences, and funding for continuing education. Spend most of your time investing in the leaders of your five key ministry areas.

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