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Most Radical Way to Find Great Staff

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We are truly blessed to have some of the greatest team players in the Kingdom assembled at Cornerstone!

One of the questions I get asked most by other pastors and leaders…

“How do you find such great staff?”

Most are surprised to hear the answer…”I don’ pay them.” Well, that answer really needs clarification. Many of our staff came to work for free. We have developed a culture where we greatly value hearing the voice of God in the decisions we make. We don’t want to make choices based just on wisdom, but rather the heart and voice of God.

This certainly holds true when it’s time to adding someone to our team. Most of the time we pray God “Sends us” the person He wants us to have. Most of the time, the “sent one” shows up!

They generally come saying they know God has called them to be a part of our team. If the team and I concur, I ask them the BIG Question…

“If God has truly called you here, will you come and work for free?”

That’s a tough question. It causes the person to really take stock in their “calling.” I really want them to be convinced this is where God wants them to be, and it’s not just a job! Most have come to work in faith! Now understand, this is not for every job and every positon, but the principle needs to be adhered to, we want people of faith on our team!

Now those that come to work for “free” will only do that for a short, some for a very short time, before we begin their salary. However, the experience weeds out those who just want to work at the big cool church, and those who genuinely have hearts of faith and love!

So…Just a thought. Next time you go to make a staff hire, ask them if they are convinced that’s their place, ask them if they would do it for free!

Better staff hires…GUARANTEED!

Categories: Leadership


  • charles hill

    Great post! Same is true for starting a church! Will they come for free even though I know I can pay a minimal salary like $500-$1,000 a month [which is close to free, I know!] 

    If they say yes to the free, I know I have my guy…I can then offer then the small thank you until the full time position gets better funding!

    Great word my man!

  • Solomons Porch Radio

    Great point! The same would also be the same for those who are called to missions. My wife and I were on missions in Zambia for a 1 1/2 years and financial support was hard to get. I have to agree with you…..we were called to do it, that is what kept us focused.

  • Jamie Brandon Jr

    Wow.  The same could be true on the other side of the table: “Would I move and work for a church without asking about salary?”

    I felt God was calling me away from being the youth pastor at our church.  I don’t know where He is calling.  But, church leadership and I worked out how I could step down.  This blog is helpful in deciding where to go next.


  • Ps_ivo

    So how are people going to live and pay the bills? I get it what you mean but that can also be misinterpreted as the church taking advantage of people in order to get free workers. It’s a fine line…

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