I'm not talking about that MDiv diploma on display.
Or the ten years experience on your resume.
I'm talking about what it REALLY takes to be a good staff member.
Are you agreeable?
Are you sympathetic?
Are you loving?
Are you compassionate?
Are you humble?
Those are the admonitions from I Peter 3 for all of us.
But wait. It gets better.
There is to be no retaliation.
No sharp-tongued sarcasm.
(If 'sharp-tongued sarcasm' was a spiritual gift, I'm pretty sure I score highly. Probably much higher than you.)
What should we do instead?
One word: Bless.
Bless? Yes, Bless. That's your job (and mine)... to bless.
Here's what Peter says will happen when you bless. Two things, actually:
1. You'll BE a blessing.
2. You'll GET a blessing.
Here are the power-packed words from I Peter 3:8 (from the Message... because it's early and the first day in the office for most of us):
"Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing."
It's a four day work week (three for those that regularly take Friday off). What would happen in your ministry if you made it your goal to be more agreeable, more sympathetic, more loving, more compassionate, and more humble?
What if you diverted all of your sharp-tongued criticism to your cat? (it's ok... he's already judging you).
Join me on the journey this week. As we bless others, we, in turn, will be blessed.
It will ultimately help you lead your church well.
Todd has invested over 30 years in serving churches, having served as a worship pastor for over 15 years, a church elder for more than a decade, and in various ministry leadership roles in both the business and non-profit sectors. As the original founder and developer of ChurchStaffing.com, Todd fundamentally changed the way thousands of churches search for pastors and staff on the internet. Most recently, Todd’s work with Leadership Network has provided him exposure to the innovative trends in today’s church and inside knowledge of how healthy churches operate and uses it to help churches find a healthy, long-term fit for their next team member. Todd is a graduate of Cedarville University, and lives in Bryan, OH with his wife, Dawn.