For Kingdom leaders, personnel decisions can be the most time-consuming and challenging of all the decisions you make. The complexity of these decisions is due to the many considerations involved: What’s best for the strategic mission?, What’s best for the person / their family?, What’s the best timing for this decision?, What are the short-term and long-term implications for both the person and the mission?, etc. It may seem like you never have all the information you want or need when you have to make the final decision.
Below are some guiding principles and ideas on how to make wise personnel hiring decisions.
Keys for hiring the right people
- Know, believe and be convinced that the Lord will provide all the resources you need to accomplish all that He is asking you to do – including any personnel needs that you may have.
- Have a clearly defined role – job description that you are seeking to fill. Even for entry level positions it will help in recruiting if you have a well-thought through job description (in writing) that you can show to potential candidates with details of their responsibilities and opportunities / benefits.
- For Kingdom leaders, our recruiting must include the candidate’s personal calling and the alignment of their calling to our ministry – mission. Because of the nature of Kingdom work and the sacrifices asked (i.e. a pay scale often not commensurate with marketplace pay), we want to recruit and hire those who the Lord is calling to join us. This is not just a job that people are being asked to do. Rather, it is a God-given mission and we are asking people to ‘leave their nets’ and join us in its fulfillment. It will cost them much to engage with us, but Jesus promises to provide for those who serve Him. Mark 10:29-30
- If they join us just to meet a need, because of the adventure of mission, to co-labor with their friends or some other reason than being called by God, they will soon find reasons to doubt their acceptance of the role. The costs they will be asked to pay or future challenging and difficult experiences (failures) they may experience will quickly lead to second-guessing their decision to join with us. This coupled with the enemy sowing seeds of doubt in their hearts and minds will lead them to quit.
- Having a clear sense of God’s calling will help us persevere in the difficult times, knowing that the Lord has led us here and He will never forsake us or abandon us. Rather, He will strengthen us and see us through as we take refuge in Him.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV