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How to Do Staffing Well

By August 18, 2015 No Comments

By Warren Bird

In order for your church to grow, staff and lay leaders alike must be convinced of the tremendous difference between a doer and a developer of leaders. The difference is night and day:
ineffective staff operate from the perspective, “Our role is to take care of people and to do ministry.”
effective staff focus on, “Our role is to transform people.”

book cover - bill easumThis comparison comes from Effective Staffing for Vital Churches: The Essential Guide to Finding and Keeping the Right People by Bill Easum and Bill Tenny-Brittian. Rick Warren says, “I read everything Bill Easum writes…. He understands the local church as well as anyone I know.” I agree. I too have benefited tremendously from many of Bill Easum’s previous books.

If you want your staff and lay leaders to understand how to shift to a healthier, more biblical staffing paradigm, this book will show them how. Here are some sample quotes:

– “Discipleship is leadership development, and leadership development is discipleship.”

– “Developing leaders isn’t just one church program; it’s the central ministry of the church.”

Bill Easum – “When a full-blown leadership culture emerges in a church, no one is allowed to lead without having an apprentice.”

– “The transition from being a solo pastor who believes that if something is going to get done, the pastor has to do it, to getting ministry done through other people is the single most difficult transition in the life of a leader.”

May this book help you and your staff both understand the transitions needed, and then take the steps to get there.

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Warren Bird

Author Warren Bird

Warren Bird, Ph.D. has been named a Leadership Network Senior Fellow in light of his exemplary service 2006-2018 as Director of Research and Intellectual Capital Development at Leadership Network. He serves as full-time VP of Research for ECFA.org (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability). An ordained minister with background as both a pastor and seminary professor, Warren is an award-winning author or co-author of 31 books for ministry leaders including Hero Maker with Dave Ferguson, How to Break Church Growth Barriers with Carl George, and Next: Pastoral Succession that Works with William Vanderbloemen. Other recent titles are Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work with Jim Tomberlin, and Wisdom from Lyle E. Schaller. Some of Warren’s recent online reports include "Leadership Network/Generis Multisite Church Scorecard," and "The Heartbeat of Rising Influence Churches." See also research reports at leadnet.org/megachurchleadnet.org/salary and leadnet.org/portable. He is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading researchers of megachurches, multisite churches, large church compensation and high-visibility pastoral succession. He also oversees the world's only active, sortable list of global megachurches. Follow him on Twitter @warrenbird.  Click here to subscribe to Leadership Network Advance to get updates from Leadership Network.

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