The Thing I’m Most Likely to Fire a Staff Member For

While setting up accountability is important for your volunteers and lay leaders, it’s even more important for your staff.

There are very few things I would fire a staff member over, but hurting the sheep is one of them. The people on my staff are given room to make a lot of mistakes. In fact, I welcome mistakes, as long as someone’s not making the same mistake over and over again. But if a staff member hurts the sheep, there’s not much leniency.

Practically speaking, someone is hurting the sheep when he is not fulfilling his role in relation to the sheep. Click To Tweet

Practically speaking, someone is hurting the sheep when he is not fulfilling his role in relation to the sheep. That is, he’s not providing the care he’s supposed to, he’s not where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there to meet with sheep, and/or he’s leading his volunteers poorly. You get the idea. Part of your role is to make sure that none of your under-shepherds hurt the sheep. You simply can’t allow it to happen.

You have the same call on your life that Peter had on his–to take care of Jesus’ sheep. Are you being intentional about it, or are you letting your sheep laze around, get hungry, and wander into danger? I challenge you to start leading, feeding, and protecting your sheep like a renegade. Shepherd well the flock God has given you. After all, one day you will present it to the Good Shepherd as the evidence of your work on this earth.

You have the same call on your life that Peter had on his--to take care of Jesus' sheep. Click To Tweet

– Nelson Searcy and Jennifer Dykes Henson

The above excerpt is from pgs. 127-128 of The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry.

Drawing from Nelson Searcy’s decades of ministry experience, The Renegade Pastor is a relevant, step-by-step resource for church leaders who are ready to step up in surrender to the pursuit of God’s best for his or her life and work.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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