Using Part-time Ministry Leaders in a Revitalization or Replant

Episode #106
August 15, 2019
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When a staff member leaves, most churches automatically search outside the church for a replacement. Today we offer a different perspective on staffing.

Episode Highlights:

  • Raising up leaders from within to serve on staff is typically a healthier approach to staffing.
  • It’s often a lot easier to hire someone that fire someone.
  • When you hire someone from within the church, it takes much less work and time to get them up to speed.
  • Not every ministry position can be split from a single full-time person to multiple part-time people, but it’s worth considering when an position comes open.

The six reasons we discuss are:

  1. The perspective of fresh eyes
  2. Opportunity for new ministry and new ministers
  3. The cost issue
  4. Coming from the missionary perspective
  5. The key issue of training
  6. Creating empathy

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