Lazy Staff Syndrome

Man in computer room sleepingToday’s guest blog comes to us from Tony Morgan, Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group.

I can’t believe I’m writing this article.

I had always assumed that Christ-followers would always model a healthy work ethic, especially if they’re paid to engage ministry. My assumption is challenged, though, by a growing culture of laziness infecting many of our church staff teams. I know there are some staff cultures that have the opposite problem. Staff are overworked and the Sabbath is a commandment that’s disregarded. Generally, though, I’m finding that laziness is a more pervasive challenge.

Too many church staff teams lack hustle. Then, when they’re pushed to put in the hard work, they complain about how difficult ministry can be. It’s time for a bit of a reality check.

Normal people don’t get Friday and Saturday off from ministry. They work 40 hours or more each week and then they use their weekends and evenings to engage with the church. If more church staff had to follow a similar schedule, I’m convinced we’d have far less ministry programming and events competing for people’s time.

Normal people don’t get flexible schedules to care for children or other family members. They’re on the clock and, if anything, they have to use a limited number of sick days or vacation days to help at home. I can’t tell you how many times I see both husband and wife working outside the home, and the person on church staff is the one who stays home with the sick child. Be grateful you have that flexibility, because normal people do not.

Some of you just need to suck it up. Give your job your best effort. Many people would love to have the job you have.

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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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