If as a church, you firmly believe in the need to do all you do by God’s power and not in your own strength, then it should be reflected in the job description. Job descriptions should never give the impression that you are relying on that person’s skills, strength, wisdom, etc. to make an eternal difference. We all need to be pulling on God’s power. We need to take Jesus’ words in John 15:5 seriously — “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
One way we communicate this is by adding our final section to the Job Description Template — Personal Growth Expectations:
Length of Service:
Time Commitment Requirements:
Personal Growth Expectations:
How easily we can get so consumed in ministry that we neglect our own walk with God. How will they abide in Him and thus produce fruitful ministry if they aren’t spending time with God in prayer, getting into the Word, taking time to reflect, meditate upon, and pull on His grace, etc.
Set the expectation within the job description that this is something for which they will be held accountable. Provide some specifics of how that might happen and how you will help them stay connected. Perhaps it will include spiritual retreats or get aways, conferences that have nothing to do with skill development, meeting for prayer, time etched into their schedule for personal time with the Lord, etc.