Every church, no matter how small, needs a multiple staff. No church can expect sustained growth if only one pastor does all the work. Jesus practiced a multiple-staff approach with the apostles. Paul used it with his team of missionaries. Yet later a one pastor, one church syndrome set in. Fortunately, that unbiblical pattern is beginning to change.
Any discussion of adding staff members brings up the question of finances. With an all-too-tight budget, how can a church even consider adding another staff member? Since some churches are doing it, others can too. Churches with a healthy growth pattern take an enlightened step of faith. Their experience shows that a capable staff member will result in more families that tithe. In two years the additional income will underwrite his salary and an expanded program. So, church leaders trust the Lord and challenge their people to provide the finances for the initial salary.
But just hiring another person may not make a static church into a growing one. There may be other problems than just a lack of adequate professionals. A church may lack lay leaders who are involved in evangelism and discipleship. Or it may suffer from too few Sunday school teachers. Or it could be disunity within the fellowship. Then frustrations multiply and financial difficulties follow.
Almost any church, whether growing or not, can add growth-producing staff people without placing itself in financial jeopardy. The secret is to use volunteers who are responsible for certain aspects of the church program. Many church leaders will be pleasantly surprised when they try this. The number of productive hours donated by volunteers with a recognized commission, personal office, expense account, and significant responsibility ...1
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