If we want to develop job descriptions that reflect the basics of life in Christ, we must consider God’s Heart for the Church to be Christ-like. God is concerned with more than the ministry tasks for which the person is responsible.
When the prophet Samuel was identifying God’s choice for king over Israel, God said, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).
Heart character affects HOW we carry out responsibilities.
Job Descriptions with Christ-like Qualities Expected:
Consequently, under Qualifications in the job description, we must get beyond spiritual gifts, skills, experience, education, and the like to also include character traits. While there might be some qualities relative to the specific position, you also want people who will serve with integrity and truth. God said, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy'” (1 Pet. 1:15-16).
Christ-like Qualities Exercised in Developing Job Descriptions:
Just as we want to expect Christ-like qualities in the person to whom the ministry description is given, so we need to develop the description with the right heart.
1) Integrity: Make sure the job description gives an honest portrayal of the person’s responsibilities. Eliminate surprises which can lead to frustration and discouragement.
2) Consideration and Respect: Add time commitment requirements to the job description and allow the person to stick to it guilt-free. Also include “Length of Service” whether that be one year, two, or five. This provides both you and the person a suitable termination point if needed. You can always renew the commitment at the end of that time.
Here is what has been included in the job description template so far:
Length of Service:
Time Commitment Requirements: