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Hiring Quality #3 // Love the Lord

I’ve introduced the topic of choosing a quality ministry staff team, I’ve covered Hiring Quality #1 “Love Your Spouse” and yesterday I wrote about Hiring Quality #2 “Love the Church.” 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!

Third, I want somebody that loves Jesus.  I know that some of you that have been reading all three of these Hiring Qualities may wonder why I put this last.  It’s because I was saving the best, and most important for last.  All the other qualities hinge on this quality.

One of the differences in interviewing candidates to work for a church from any other location of employment is that I can ask personal, spiritual related questions.  And if you ever interview with me you will hear a variety of these questions:

  • Tell me your story of seeking and finding Christ?
  • Tell me how you seek God’s Will for your life?
  • What has God been showing you lately in your reading of God’s Word?
  • Is there somebody that is mentoring you, and helping to lead you spiritually?

All of these questions, and many more, help me to gauge one’s relationship with God.

Why does it matter?  If a person can’t demonstrate in words (and tears) what God has done in their life then they will not be able to lead others down that same path.  Whether you are on my team as an administrative assistant, or a ministry leader you will have to show me in our short interview time together that the things you hold the most dear is your  relationship  with Jesus Christ.

This isn’t the least bit complicated.  Loving Jesus, is the gateway through which you will receive all inspiration, power, and motivation to do your job well.

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.