Yesterday, I wrote about the three changes every pastor needs to go through when a church moves through a growth barrier. Although there are many interpretations of what these barriers are in our book, Effective Staffing for Vital Churches, we dealt with the broad barriers of 100, 200, 500, and 1000 and beyond. Passing through each of these barriers causes enormous strain on the mindset and culture of the church itself as well as its leaders.
As churches grow, staff members become more essential. Churches approaching the barrier of 100 in worship need to be thinking staff. In fact, most of the church plants we deal with begin with a few staff, including a worship leader and someone to work with children. By the time a church reaches the 1000 barrier, staff are as important if not more important collectively than the lead pastor because of the number of relationships they have.
Most churches do not understand or appreciate the importance of staff to their church’s health, both spiritually and physically. Our book sets out the reasons why growing a church depends on the number and quality of staff, not in doing ministry, but by multiplying themselves by mentoring and equipping laypeople to do the ministry God intended for them to do.
We make the case for the keystone of all staffing to be equipping and sending people out into the local mission field to be backyard missionaries to their community. You can read more about staffing in our book, Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: Finding and Keeping the Right People.
Question: How have you addressed staffing for the number you usually have in worship? Share your experiences in the Comments section below.