A well-crafted job description helps a person see where he or she is in the big picture and in what ways he or she can support the vision and mission toward Healthy Church.
By Eugene Guzon, Superintendent Asia
There is a story you may have heard about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
Amusing as this anecdote may be, we can relate to the confusion, frustration, and disappointment caused by the three challenges of wrong assumptions, unmet expectations, and unclear directions. We easily forget that people do not know what they do not know. They cannot follow directions they haven’t been given, and they cannot meet expectations that are not shared. A way to avoid some of this is to provide all ministry leaders with clear job descriptions.
The importance of knowing who does what
Well-crafted job descriptions help us reach our goals of healthy church. People are our greatest resource and each one is unique with gifts given by God through the Holy Spirit to enrich the Body. A leader’s challenge is to help people find their best fit, and properly equip them.
Whether fielding people for tasks or considering one’s own ministry involvement, clear job descriptions help all to be better prepared to fulfil the role given to them and help them see how their role fits in the team’s overarching objectives. Sharing job descriptions helps all see how the various ministries work together and complement each other, leading to shared passion and energy as the team continually works toward healthy church.
Clear job descriptions also help ministry leaders and workers evaluate things like personal effectiveness, progress, or areas that need improvement. This opens the door for constructive feedback, instruction, and relevant equipping. When developed, communicated, and used properly, job descriptions can set teams up for success.Read More