Senior Pastor. Associate Pastor. Christian Educator. Minister of Music.
This is the classic model of a traditional church program staff for a congregation of between 250 and 600 members. Or at least it used to be.
Traditional congregations are staffing in creative ways in the 21st Century Church and one of the exciting opportunities is the crafting of the church staff. This is something we don’t learn in seminary, probably because church staffing is so contextual.
Usually staff issues involve (soul-sucking) activities like putting out staff fires, managing people, and finding somebody – anybody – with a pulse and no misconduct history to fill in a necessary position. Again, we didn’t learn how to finesse all this in seminary.
And working with a team should be a joy, not a burden. Creating a fabulous staff and working on a common mission is one of the most fun parts of professional ministry. I have adored working with atypical staffers – hired not because of their degrees or even their experience (or lack of it) but because they had the right gifts needed for a certain time.
Not only because we cannot financially afford to staff churches the way we staffed them 10-20 years ago, but we cannot theologically afford it either. Working with a fresh kind of staff is crucial for the future church.
Image is a mosaic of staffers from an imaginary church. Imagine who does what.