Okay people, let’s talk recruiting!
FACT: a church who can’t recruit won’t grow. I can’t underscore how big of a deal this is! A leader’s ability to effectively recruit is one of the biggest determining factors in measuring the success of that leader. Think about it: a leader isn’t a leader unless he is able to convince people to follow. In other words, your leadership chops are defined by your ability to assemble and lead a team toward greatness.
Here’s a foundational lesson that I’ve learned about recruiting: As a leader, you can either recruit from a place of need or recruit from a place of vision. (Recruiting from vision is always better.)
RECRUITING FROM A PLACE OF NEED
Whenever you’re recruiting from a place of need, you’re only recruiting because you have to. You have holes to fill and expectations to meet. Face it, you’re desperate. If you don’t get volunteers, you’re screwed. Recruiting from a place of need is about survival, nothing more nothing less. As a result, you become needy, ingratiating and ineffective.
Here are some phrases you might use on that recruitment phone call if you’re recruiting from a place of need.
Mark my words: whenever you recruit from a place of need, you will become frustrated and ineffective. Nobody wants to give their life to simply fill slots.
RECRUITING FROM A PLACE OF VISION
Whenever you recruit from a place of vision, you recruit because the vision demands it. You intrinsically know that the vitality of your mission requires the best and brightest be assembled to do the work. Recruiting from a place of vision is not about survival, but about winning and becoming the best in the world.
Picture a winning NCAA recruiter who is willing to drive to a small town in Montana to convince a skillful player to join their team for the upcoming season. That’s what it looks like to recruit from vision.
Seriously, think about some of the recruiting lines that Jesus used. His demands where high and He didn’t flinch when He called people to a high commitment of living. The mission demanded it.
Okay, back to you. Here are a few vision-driven phrases if you’re recruiting from a place of vision.
Remember, people are always willing to give their lives to something that has meaning. Whenever you recruit from a place of vision, you will discover an intangible momentum and excitement that comes from assembling a dream team of volunteers to change the world. And, trust me, people will be excited to join you.
Good (convicting) stuff, Dave. I’ll be forwarding this to my staff.
Well said! I love even reading the vision statements. It’s wonderful and beautiful and I completely agree with vision-casting rather than guilting people into joining your team.