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Hiring Quality #2 // Love the Church

I’ve introduced the topic of choosing a quality ministry staff team, and yesterday I covered Hiring Quality #1 “Love Your Spouse.” Interviewing, reading resumes, checking references, and discussing a candidates strengths and weaknesses are all a part of the process.  However, there are three things that I’m looking for in every person that has the potential to join my ministry team!

Second, I want somebody that loves the church.  I want to be careful here, because many that I interview have a pollyanna view of the church.  They think that working for a church, in any context, will set them free from all the workplace problems they’ve ever had.  I do indeed work with a quality team of individuals and some amazing leaders…but we are also all human and from time to time act like human beings.  I’m not looking for somebody that loves the idea of working for a church, but am looking for somebody that truly loves the local church.

How can I find this out?  It always starts with the “Where are you currently serving?” question.  Whether it’s been at the church I’m interviewing for, or at a previous church; if you truly love the church then you will be serving the people  therein.  I’m also looking for warning signs.  Do they have terrible things to say about the past churches you’ve worked in?  Are they harboring resentment and bitterness about a past church experience?  Do they show respect towards previous pastors they’ve worked for?

This is much like Hiring Quality #1, in that I’m looking for someone that can articulate why they love their church (and the greater worldwide church as a whole.)  If you are going to serve on my ministry staff team, leading volunteers, inspiring leaders, and working with other ministry teams within the church; I NEED to know that you are concerned with the greater good of the Body of Christ.  I NEED to know that you are committed to the future of the church that you will be serving in.  I NEED to know that you will always defend, protect, and support the local church that signs your paychecks.

It’s simple really, if you don’t love this church…you will NOT be on my ministry team.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.