think they could serve effectively. Once this is determined then you go to the next step.
3. Go to Them (don’t recruit them over the phone or catch them in the hall)
Make an appointment to see them. Don’t tell them why you are coming. Just tell them that it is very important and you need to talk to them in person. It is best if you can do it in their home. Being on their turf will give them some comfort during a very important meeting.
Don’t take it lightly
• Take the material they will use. (Curriculum & resources they will be using) Show them the material they will be using. This will give them a better understanding of what you are asking them to do and let them see the material that will help them. • Tell them: “We believe you are the one for the job.” (Because you prayed for them) Explain to them that you don’t have a plan B. If they turn you down you have to start all over again from the beginning. • Cover expectations. It is important that you have standards with expectations. This is a key element to recruiting leaders that will stand the test of time and fulfill the job you expect. Remember we must “inspect what we expect.” • They will want to pray about it. Most times they will want to pray
about the position. Encourage them to pray and lead them to pray while you are there. You want to try to get a commitment from them before you leave. If they won’t commit while you’re there then you go to the next step. • Make a follow-up contact in person. It is imperative that you make the follow-up visit in person. It is too easy to say no over the phone. You must be proactive in the process. •Have a final prayer with them. Whenever they commit have a final prayer and thank the Lord for their commitment and pray for their success.
4. Affirm them through the Year – the final step in “Keeping Them.”
• Send a birthday card. • Visit their group & affirm in front of the group. • Recognize special accomplishments. • Annual “Leaders Appreciation Banquet.” Recently I have been using a new resource to help discover potential leaders in our church. The program is a cloud based ministry profile assessment and inventory tool. Once a church sets up an account they are given a custom website where their members can log in and take five assessments: skills, passion, experience, DISC profiles and spiritual gifts and five inventories: musical talents, teaching experience, ministry experience, languages you speak, and professional licenses you hold. Then a report
is generated with possible ministry opportunities they would be suited for. The church also gets the report and has access to a database with all the results. When I follow this process as outlined here I have had the greatest success in the recruiting of committed and faithful leaders. There is no question that the greatest challenge to the local church is the discovery and deployment of leaders that are team players ready for the great adventure of building a church for God’s glory in the 21st century.
“The Art of Leadership is catching a person at the height of commitment. When a person makes a commitment to Christ put them to work.” Leon Kilbreth
Fred Boone is the Executive Pastor and LIFE Groups Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mount Dora in Mount Dora, FL.
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