Oh my folks I have a great quote for you. I am listening to a message Ed Stetzer gave at this year’s Baptistapalooza (Baptist Convention, a friend told me to check it out) and he said the following:
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- I am a huge proponent of companies spending marketing money on employees. It’s simple. Astonish employees and they will, in turn, astonish customers.
- Giving every full-time employee a $600 (retail value) iPhone is an astonishing act that will only help to feed the already vibrant evangelical corporate culture within Apple.
- At Starbucks, we would also spend marketing money on employees. We knew if we could get Baristas jazzed, they would get customers jazzed.
- I applaud Apple for taking a strong financial stance in showing how much they appreciate employees by giving them a super-spendy iPhone. That says a lot!
- If I’m ever a lead pastor, I hope I place a high value on paying my staff well (our pastor here does).
- Lead Pastors, you need to see your staff as your primary investment outside of your family. These are the men and women that are walking out the Gospel every day under your helm.
- If you’re not jazzed, don’t expect your staff to be jazzed. I’m not saying you have to be spaz personality, but you need to be excitement. People respond to passion and excitement far more than kicking their tails and “whipping them into shape”.
- You need to look at your staff for who they are as a person and for how they are uniquely wired AS MUCH as you look at the product of what they do. I mean don’t just look at your music guy as the guy you need to get through 4 songs and prep some creative stuff here and there, see him WHOLISTICALLY as an asset to the Kingdom. Know what’s going on in his life. Know his wife. Know his kid’s and his dog’s names. (now if you’re the pastor of a church with a very large staff, obviously I’m not saying know everyone that well, but definitely your inner circle.
- If you create an environment where you are celebrating what God is doing through your staff, people will stay. People will not want to leave, they will want to stay and walk this thing out long term.
- Your staff needs to know that you are their biggest fan, that you support them and are willing to go to bat to give them the tools they need to succeed at what you asked them to do.
- Astonish your staff, model the goodness and abundance of God, and they will model the same all the way down to the last person through the door on Sunday, the last person given food and clothing throughout the week, etc.
So Pam Sanza (our worship pastor Frank’s wife and by far the smarter and hipper of the two)) is one notch behind me as a machead. I’ve wanted this iPhone since it was announced… but have been unable to raise needed capital. She must have sold drugs or something, she is first in line at our local AT&T store. Keep in mind, this is a small town so it’s not some beautiful Apple store or anything like that, but there are already people in line waiting (and this before 10:00 a.m.)!!
Our worship and arts pastor, Frank, has a real great eye for video stuff. I mean shooting it, editing it, understanding the shots, etc. Actually he’s probably better at that than he is in his music role (which I am sure he’d agree). I think it’s an area that God could and will use him in more and more as time goes on. Now I can’t get into specifics (or else we’d have to break your knees) but I know he and his team have their sights set on a couple of ambitious things in the future, and I think they can make a great splash.
I had the privilege this morning of speaking at another church here in town called Joshua’s Crossing. They are a cool church plant, maybe 3 years old-ish, and they are doing some really cool things over there. One of my personal core values and a heartbeat of our church is working with and supporting other churches, so when they called and asked me to speak I was very happy to do so.
I was reading some Barna research (I’m a research geek) this afternoon and came across this quote from the 12 Most Significant Religious Findings from 2006 Surveys:
Although large majorities of the public claim to be “deeply spiritual” and say that their religious faith is “very important” in their life, only 15% of those who regularly attend a Christian church ranked their relationship with God as the top priority in their life. As alarming as that finding was, its significance was magnified by research showing that on average pastors believe that 70% of the adults in their congregation consider their relationship with God to be their highest priority in life.
I’m calling on you and I to do some research. To spend some time doing some cultural research, to pull demographics, to do surveys, to talk and actually listen to people in your community. To see what their needs are, to see where they stand on certain issues. To stop the great disconnect between what we think might be going on and what we think other people are thinking and actually find out.
Paul did this, why shouldn’t we? He knew the culture inside and out, and was able to speak to it. Perhaps we need to put our pride away and engage the culture on their terms instead of running away and complaining about how they don’t conform to our terms.
I’m just wrestling with this and throw it out for discussion. Thoughts?
My friend Scott spoke a few weeks ago about what people think of Christians (including what he thinks!). You can get to it from his blog here.