Rebuilt Resources: Chapter 13 Fall in Love

He went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.

—Mark 3:13–15

In chapter 13 of Rebuilt, Fr. Michael and Tom discuss their successes and failures in building a healthy staff culture and hiring the right people.

They use 5 hiring strategies (detailed in the book):

  1. Strategy #1: Hire people of good character.
  2. Strategy #2: Hire people with ability.
  3. Strategy #3: Hire people you like.
  4. Strategy #4: Hire from within.
  5. Strategy #5: Hire people who have fallen in love with your church.

Once you get your staff assembled, how do you invest in them? One way is consistent communication and effective meetings.

Watch Michael and Tom discuss meetings and how they currently run them:

Meetings Video

You Can Do This: Growing a Great Staff

It doesn’t matter what the size of your staff is—full time, part time, stipendiary, or volunteer—they can be a great staff if you get the right people on board, then find the right job for them.

If you have a staff:

  • Challenge everyone to write a job description for themselves. Review it together as a team.
  • Set a weekly one-on-one meeting with each person who reports to you. Use this time to check in personally as well as professionally. Get updates on projects, but also use the time to build relational trust.
  • Begin to gather your staff for learning meetings. Choose a topic that is of mutual interest to all.
  • Pray together.
  • Have fun! Schedule it if you have to.

If you don’t have a staff (and you don’t have any money to hire staff):

  • Make a list of everything you do that someone else could easily do. Make a second list of everything you do that someone else could do with a little training.
  • Take both lists to prayer and begin to ask God to give you the people you need to fill those roles. You don’t want one person doing it all (that just perpetuates the old problem). You’re praying to find a team.