COMMENTARY | Carmen Halsey
Every church should be mindful that the recruitment of leaders is necessary. New leaders can bring new ideas, offer different perspectives and bring a fresh burst of energy, giving respite to an existing team. But the key phrase is can bring. Before you bring in new leaders, it’s crucial to know who and for what you are recruiting.
Your ministry’s leadership needs could include, but are not limited to:
1. Managers, capable of caring for the existing programs and maintaining a high level of performance
2. Visionaries, able to forecast future needs and develop present plans to meet them
3. Interns, willing to learn and desiring to hold positions in the future, but with little to no experience at present time
4. Seasoned leaders, possessing a transferrable skill set and core knowledge requiring minimal support or oversight
A common mistake is to promote an individual from within to an area of leadership assuming they will be effective. But just because someone performed well with one set of responsibilities does not guarantee desired performance in another. This error often repeats itself in an organization, costing precious resources like time, money, relationships and – most crucial but often unnoted – loss of self-esteem by the individual. We have a responsibility to individuals and to the organization to identify the right person for a particular leadership role.
Excerpted from the Spring 2014 issue of Resource magazine, online at http://resource.IBSA.org. Carmen Halsey is IBSA’s director of missions mobilization and Illinois WMU. A nurse by profession, she also has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and has served in numerous leadership roles in her field and in church life.