Plugging in to
individuals who have been successful in
the marketplace are reluctant to
consider a second half opportunity
within their church. Their image of
plugging in at church includes becoming
a pastor, serving on a board, or
becoming an elder - jobs that don't use
the skills, passions and gifts of most
The reality is
that churches desperately need
marketplace skills in order to grow.
Some churches actively involve business
and professional leaders in their
development plans. Others will need you
to take more initiative and define a
role for yourself. Here are some steps
you can take to begin to plug your
skills into your church.
what you bring to the table. The Guide
to Personal Service (GPS) tool can help
you understand yourself better.
2. Come up with
some initial ideas about where you might
fit in. In many cases, this might be a
new ministry that the church has not yet
considered. Lloyd Reeb, a successful
commercial real estate developer and
Halftimer, helps his church plan and
develop their campus. List 5 to 10 needs
or growth opportunities that your church
may have that you would enjoy leading.
3. Find another
successful business or professional who
is actively playing a leadership role
and ask him or her to tell you their
experience and frustrations when they
initially began to look for a role that
4. If there is a
director of lay leadership or other
similar staff person, set up a meeting
with them and review your interests and
skills. Ask this staff person to come
back to you with two or three roles
which they feel would address the
greatest needs of the church using your
5. Meet with
your Senior Pastor. Share your
personality profile and your ideas with
your pastor. Solicit the support of your
Pastor in brainstorming how this might
look in the church and how you and the
church might support each other.
6. Talk to
others who share your passion. You
probably already know others in your
church who have a similar background to
your own. Bounce your ideas off of them.
Find out who might also be passionate
about the direction you feel the Lord is
taking you. Find ways to partner with
these people (both marketplace partners
and church staff) in your endeavor.
7. Go for it!
Oftentimes, getting something new
started at a church requires the same
entrepreneurial spirit required to start
or grow a business. Once you are
comfortable that your church is open to
what you have proposed, begin to move
forward as if you are developing a new
business. You may have to start with
very few resources and grow as the Lord
blesses the project. Getting plugged
into your church in a meaningful way
isn't always easy, so you may have to be
that when you stand before God you won't
be given credit for the things you tried
but quit after you met with opposition .
. . so press on to what you feel God has
called you to accomplish.