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Many young church staff members I know are continually looking for their next place of service. Sometimes that’s because their calling has changed. In more cases, though, it’s because they’re struggling with the church or its leadership.
On the other hand, I’ve also been with young staff members who love their church and prayerfully want to remain there as long as they can. Here are some of the motivating factors that make them want to stay:
Church - Vision - Leadership - Staff - Member
They believe in the church’s vision and leadership. You might hope these would be assumed for any staff member, but that’s not always the case. Young staff members stay where they believe in what they’re doing, know where they’re going, and trust who they’re following.
They actually have a relationship with their senior leader. That leader is not just the Sunday morning preacher who casts vision from a distance in a staff meeting; he’s a genuine friend who knows his staff by name.
Work - Nobody - To—answer - Work - Leaders
They’re accountable for their work, but nobody micromanages them. They know they must—and want to—answer for their work, but they seldom feel stifled in what they do. Leaders give them the freedom to lead their respective teams and ministries.
Within reason, they know they have a “safety net” should they not always succeed. Crossing some lines, of course, would result in their dismissal,...
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