Okay, this one has been formenting in my twisted little mind for a long time. When churches look for new staff, I wish they’d avoid asking the following:
“Looking for someone who can grow our 50 member church to 5,000 within three years.”
“Must show proven track record of growing youth ministry larger than 2,000 teens.”
I understand that nobody wants to be “growing” in the wrong direction. If we church leaders say we care nothing about numbers, we lie. Still, sometimes I get the sense after reading a post like the ones above that the church is really looking for Jesus. After all, isn’t God the One who grows the church?
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:6-9 TNIV)
“Although your title will be Worship Pastor, you should also be prepared to lead the youth, fill in for the pastor, and assist in the Spiritual Formation of the Church”
What da heezy?! This reminds me of the double dipping George Constanza was guilty of perpetrating on an episode of Seinfeld. If you hire a man or woman to be your Worship Pastor, let him/her do THAT! Stop being cheap and running your precious human resources into the ground. I know that new church plants/launches might have one or two people trying to fill multiple ministry roles but most of the times when I’ve seen something similar to what I wrote, the churches were well established.