Where did the idea of search committees come from?
I understand in some instances it works; however it shouldn’t be the norm.
The closest thing to a search committee I see in the New Testament is Acts 6:3 where it says;
“Seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom”.
We pour over resumes’ until we find the qualifications we’re looking for and hope the person we choose is of good character and will catch our heart, vision, and culture once they arrive.
What would our church’s look like if we were to create an environment where we prayerfully evaluate those who’ve been entrusted to us, recognize their gifting, call out those gifts, encourage them, equip them, and release them? Giving them permission to operate in their gift?
We are called to be world changers. Our leaders must be equippers not just the best doers. (more on this next time)
Leaders must equip. We are given a ministry for the purpose of stewardship until we pass it on to the one we have raised up. We need to build leaders who go to their leaders and say “ I’ve worked myself out of a job. What else do you have for me?”
Is your organization a safe place for leaders to tell you they’ve worked themselves out of a job? Are you prayerfully recognizing, calling out, equipping, and releasing the gifting entrusted to you? It’s a slower process but grows deep roots.
As always would love to hear your thoughts.