I found this statement the other day regarding the philosophy of serving on a church staff:
In an effort to facilitate the ministry of the entire church, we have called upon a few members to work in a full-time (paid) capacity. Whether making church bulletins, counseling members, or planning children’s ministry curriculum, the staff enhances the collective ministry of CHBC.
Staff members each fill specific roles. The Pastoral staff members, made up of our Pastors, Pastoral Assistants, and the Children’s Ministry workers, help the elders to shepherd the congregation. The Administrative staff oversees church finances, facilities, and IX Marks Ministries. This group together provides an administrative backbone for the body of believers now covenanted together at CHBC. (statement taken from Capitol Hill Baptist Church website)
I found this statement very interesting because whenever churches have a vacancy on their staff, they go to the outside to fill it. What about looking within your congregation for your next pastor or assistant pastor? If this were the norm rather than the exception, then most of the internet sites that cater to people looking for ministry positions would be non-existent. Why do churches look outside of their own membership instead of either looking within or better yet, praying to ask God to raise up someone within the body to meet the need that is at hand?
Looking forward to seeing your answers/comments/questions on this topic.