It sounds right, and it may work in certain big church situations when you’re able to hire people in from the outside, so you’re not trying to put a square peg in a round hole. But what happens when, like Apollo 13, all you have are square pegs and round holes?
“Get the right people on the bus” doesn’t work as easily in a small church. Since we don’t have the ability to hire in from the outside, we have to figure out how to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission using the parts on the table and the people already on the bus.
There are no “right” or “wrong” people, just our people, our resources, our options, and our bus.
But that’s okay; we’re in good company. Look at Jesus’ twelve disciples, for example. Although Jesus chose his followers, he worked with people who would not have been the obvious choice for anyone else. This is not unlike the context we work in within the small church.
People Are Not Resources
In a business model, the people on the bus are the human resources (HR) that the leadership uses to get the job done. But, applying the “right people” principle to the church is where we run into a problem.
In the church, the people are not a means to an end; they are not the tools we use to create a needed product or service. In a church, the people are not resources, they’re the result. They’re not on the bus to help you get you to your destination; they are the destination.
People worshipping Jesus and sharing His love with others are what the church exists for. There is no other destination.
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