Join the team, not the job description

If you’ve got staff who are “church members” first, the next step is not to offer them a job. The next step is to offer them a spot on the staff team.
Again this is an important distinction. Team members do what’s best for the team and the church.
So if you’re a front row forward, and you get caught with the ball on the wing, you don’t say, “uh, I’m not paid the sprint, I’m just a forward.” No! You sprint your chubby little legs off and do the best you can for the good of the team. If your a striker and they need you in defence you don’t moan about it, you get in there and do your job – serve the team.
That’s the distinction right there. What do the members of your staff team see as their job? If their first thought is some role or task… they might not have understood this. If they say “I serve the church and the staff team by…” that’s more what you’d want to hear.
You want a staff team who are all happy to do jobs their not suited to because that’s what the church needs.
That’s team work.
Join the team, not the job.

2 thoughts on “Join the team, not the job description

  1. Dave Bryant says:

    G’day Dave,
    I like the sentiment behind this post. I tend to agree with the idea that a team member is team-focussed not role-focussed, but I wonder if while they need to be primarily team-focussed, they do need to be secondarily role-focussed because presumably they do actually have a role to carry out. For instance, if the front-rower who finds himself on the wing sprinting his chubby legs out, then fails to get to the next scrum I suspect the coach might rightly be a little miffed… Thoughts?

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