Most ministries begin with volunteers in primary leadership positions.
More times than not, growth happens and the church or organization submits to hiring and/or assigning a paid staffer as the point person. Depending on the need, he or she is hired part-time or full-time. Regardless, sole leadership now falls on them.
It’s at this point, where the first string needs to be established.
Typically, a “first string” is considered the best players on any given team. They’re put on the field immediately after the coin toss. Common sense and a wealth of statistics would state that these are the players that will give a team the best chance of getting an early lead.
What makes a first string the best? Is it natural talent or well-practice ability? Sure, these are important traits. However, in the ministry game, consistency and integrity prove to be far more valuable. Today, we’re going to focus on consistency.
We all have those occasional helpers that assist with car-pooling, donate items or put some time into a special event or fund-raiser. Don’t get me wrong, the people who accomplish the odd ministry job are essential to the greater plan of the church! I do not discount their service in the slightest.
However, these folks are not typically your first string people. A ministry’s first string needs to be made up of people who truly want to be there.
More than likely, these are the people who were keeping the ministry afloat before you got there. A first string doesn’t show up just to put in some Christian-service time. A first string doesn’t show up because they felt some guilt-ridden obligation, when the senior pastor made a plea from the pulpit.
The people making up a first string can’t wait to show up for anything and everything! Meetings, functions, events; they often show up when you do. Perhaps, even before you arrive and are waiting in the parking lot for the doors to open. This is the kind of consistent dedication that will keep a ministry thriving for years.
Tomorrow, we’ll explore the importance of First String Integrity. Follow or subscribe to make sure you don’t miss out!
How has your ministry benefited from consistent first string volunteers?