Recruiting in Progress

15 10 2009

double-worship-team-buttonRight now at Lifeway I am in the middle of the largest recruiting process I’ve ever undertaken in my 9 years of Worship Leading. As many of you may or may not know, in February 2010, Lifeway will be a big 2 years old. If you’ve ever been a part of a church start up (from scratch) you’ll know that the few people you have do everything. Everyone MUST work or the job just won’t get done and more importantly people won’t get reached. So, what generally happens is you begin to start building teams based on necessity, a need will pop up and wah-la so does a team to fill the need. After a while you have a bunch of teams but you begin to lose continuity amongst them and thus the need for organization. At Lifeway we are at that place.

Earlier this summer I was able to take a two week vacation. The first week was spent with my wife (no kids) on the white sands/ blue water beach in Mexico on a much needed honeymoon that we never took 10 years ago when we got married. The second week pretty much spent by myself. During this time I was able to get away from everything and really evaluate my ministry and my leadership. This was a great time and it’s where I stumbled upon the recruiting process that I’m currently using. Some of you may have read his material before but I have listened to and read several of Jason Hately’s publications on leading worship as well as his recruiting process. Jason is the Pastor of Worship Arts at The Journey Church in NY and serves under his Lead Pastor, Nelson Searcy. It doesn’t take a long time listening or reading things by them and you will quickly realize that they live and die by “systems”, a philosophy I am quickly coming to live by myself. When you think about it, God designed everything according to systems… the solar system, the eco system, the central nervous system and the list goes on. Everything we do, whether you realize it or not, is done by some sort of system. As I began this article I said I am in the middle of recruiting right now and it is going very well. I am following the How To Double Your Worship Team system by Jason Hatley. We began the recruiting process 4 weeks ago with 23 people currently serving on the Worship Arts Team (W.A.T.) (who have been recruited over the last two years). In the last 4 weeks we’ve had and additional 22 people sign up for auditions and interviews which are coming up next week on Oct. 25. Of those 22 people 3 are currently serving somewhere and would like to join another team and 19 are not currently serving anywhere. These are great results! I could share more but there’s way too much. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want to know more and I would HIGHLY encourage anyone in a leadership position to get you hands on Jason Hatley’s material.