Too often church leaders swing the pendulum in one direction or the other when it comes to expectations.
no expectations – People freely do what is right in their own eyes.
lots of rigid expectations – People constantly feel pressured to conform and measure up.
On the one side, they say . . . Continue reading Church Staff Expectations
As suggested in the previous post, some expectations on church staff can be quite beneficial, particularly those that line up with the basics of life in Him. How leaders communicate those expectations should also line up with those basics. After all, one of God’s expectations on leaders is that they be examples (1 Pet. 5:2-3; 1 Cor. 11:1). . . . Continue reading Communicating Expectations to Church Staff
When our church purpose lines up with what God most expects of us, then it’s reasonable and right to pass on that expectation to staff, whether paid or volunteer. For example, Jesus identified love for God and people as the greatest commandments (Matt. 22:36-40). He said, “All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (v. 40). Certainly, then, any expectations we might place on people who serve in the Church should line up under these commandments. . . . Continue reading Church Staff: Expect Alignment with Church Purpose
Personalities will clash and opinions will vary. We can’t force people to “like” or agree with each other but we can expect them to line up with God’s design for His people to function a certain way. It becomes about obeying Him, not doing what “we” think is right. We’re commanded to act and react toward one another in ways that build up and unify, not tear down and divide. . . . Continue reading Church Staff: Expect Adherence to Body Life Principles
Just prior to ascending back to heaven, Jesus gave a command that extends to believers throughout the ages that has come to be known as the Great Commission. Certainly pursuit of this mission should make the list of church staff expectations. . . . Continue reading Church Staff: Expect Pursuit of God’s Mission
The Book of Philippians is filled with expectations Paul had for that church, whom he considered partners in the Gospel (1:5), to function with Christ-like character and integrity. Whether paid or volunteer, our church staff need to exhibit the same. And so, we come to another staff expectation — the development of Christ-likeness. . . . Continue reading Church Staff: Expect Christ-like Character & Integrity