Ephesians 4:11 - 12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
You and I as Pastors and Leaders in the Church are not called, in this verse, to minister. Rather we are called to equip. We are commanded to build up the Church by equipping our church to do the work of ministry in the world. Yet you have been gifted (hopefully) for ministry.
If you were to read “First, Break All The Rules” by Marcus Buckingham, the highly respected book on hiring, you’d be to directed to hire talent above all else. You'd be advised to get the talent and give them a job to do. And there is so much of this I agree with. Like you, I want the most talented people on my team too.
We want talent and we are called to lead by equipping - What do you do with this dilemma? Hire for both! And I’m not suggesting a little of both throughout your team to balance you out. I’m talking about a lot of both in each and every person.
Here’s 3 questions to ask:
- What do you plan to do? This is where you hear their vision and see their potential for leadership. It doesn’t make them a leader but it does show you they can think like one. If they can’t answer this question you can’t bring them on to lead or equip.
- How do you plan to do it? This is where you look for emphasis on equipping. What is the ratio they talk about what they will do versus what they will equip others to do?
- What have you done? This is an Andy Stanley question. Find out if they have an actual track record of building anything. If you find proof of this you will find there to be both ministerial talent and the ability to equip others in a candidate.
Here are some parameters I’m setting up for our own hiring future:
- Hire equippers not ministers.
- Ministers are the people in your church God has given you to build up His Church.
- The more specialized the ministerial talent a person possesses, the greater chance they have to be hired to minister and not equip.
- Hire administers to clear the way for equippers.
Leaders equip ministers. Ministers build up the church. Administers clear the way for Leaders.