download-1Your ministry is only as effective as your teams and your teams are only as effective as it’s individual members.

When it comes to recruiting members for your teams, and especially team leaders, who should you be looking for?

First, let’s answer who you should NOT be looking for?

Don’t ask for volunteers.

It takes more work. However, pray, do your homework, ask your team and then seek out potential team members. You will probably get more people involved by just asking anyone who is willing to “sign up.” Still, be careful what you wish for.

Volunteers are great for things like service projects. However, volunteers are NOT for positions of leadership. Pray and seek out God’s will for each vital position.

Drama Kings & Queens need not apply.

Life and ministry is messy enough without enabling people in positions of influence who like to “stir the pot.” Check out 5 Things Healthy Churches Don’t Do for more on this.

Toxic people!

What does it mean to be “toxic?” Check out 4 Keys to Creating a Healthy Culture that Resists Toxic People  and 7 Kinds of People You Can’t Afford to Keep in Leadership both by Carey Nieuwhof

When it comes to recruiting we are reminded in 1 Timothy 5:22, “Don’t be hasty in the laying on of hands…” In other words, take your time lending people leadership because leadership is influence. 

Next, let’s drill down in 5R – RECRUIT Part 2 on who you should be looking for.


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