The NFL draft has just taken place and each team seemed to have a certain philosophy that guided their draft picks. Some strictly went for the best talent on their board regardless of position, others went for heart and work ethic, others picked for positional needs even if injuries or character flaws were evident.
How do we in student ministry go about selecting volunteer leaders?
How do we in leadership go about choosing the right people for the staff positions?
In building your dream team of volunteers or staff, here are 4 criteria continually return to during the process. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, building and maintaining your dream team is an essential component in a leader’s gift ability.
Character: Non-negotiable Foundation of Building your Team.
The first thing you should be looking for in your team is their walk with Christ and their desire to grow in enjoying and understanding Him more. This will be important in the long run. When crisis comes I want to know that there is a confidence and a stability that comes with strong character and integrity. I would rather “draft” someone who has strong character than some one who has higher competence. This is the rock and foundation of any quality team.
Bill Hybels said,
I used to think that if I discovered a potential team member who was terrifically competent but a little shaky in regard to character, I could go with the competence and address the character defects over time. But time and past experience has changed my view. Let’s face it, every adult interviewing for a key role has already spent 25, 30 or 35 years in a process of character formation. Not much is going to change after that. So I look for character that has already been positively formed.
Competence: Show up Every Day & Come Ready to Work with Excellence.
- Show up Every Day & Come Ready to Work
- Keep Learning, Growing, and Improving
- Follow Through with Excellence
- Accomplish More than Expected
- Inspire and Motivate Others
Chemistry: How do you React when Combined with Them?
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal. Dave DeBusschere.
Culture: Finding people who will flourish on our Team and not feel like an Outsider
You have now found the perfect candidate….or have you? Each organization and ministry takes on a life and begins to develop a culture. You may not notice it immediately, but as you lead your people and develop your vision a culture emerges. What do you value? What are core issues to your ministry? As you begin the yearly process in student ministry of finding volunteers this last criteria helps identify which candidates will flourish within your system and which ones you may need to let go who are deteriorating our culture from within. If they feel like an outsider they will like a drag in the line preventing it from ever being taut.
If you don’t have your dream team, don’t simply look for warm bodies and don’t get depressed, continue to seek the Holy Spirit and keep the bard high!
Would you keep these criteria in this order or would you add another part to it?
What words would you use to describe the culture of your ministry or organization?
If you were looking for a person to join your team, what characteristics would they need to flourish in your culture?