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Recruiting and Keeping Teachers

Recruiting is a ministry of discernment. It is the holy act of helping others discover their gifts and discern God's will.
—Roberta Hestenes

Some years ago I was responsible for recruiting someone to oversee a pastoral care program involving over two hundred adults. It was a big job, and I was looking for a couple who could commit a great deal of time and energy to the program.

I prayed about this problem literally for months, wondering who would be willing and able to take on such a challenge. Eventually I sensed the Lord pointing me to Bill and Terri, a couple in their late thirties. I stopped them in the hall at church one Wednesday evening and said, "I have a new opportunity for ministry in mind for you. Would you be willing to meet and discuss it?"

The following week, they and I sat down together in my living room, and I laid out my proposal. I spelled out the importance of the program to the life of the church and told them all the reasons I felt they were the right couple for this ...

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