Tag Archive - promotion

1

How to get a Promotion at your Church Staff Job

I’ve met a lot of young ministry staff members who have expressed interest in having more responsibility, more authority, and more influence in the churches they’re leading in. They think they’re ready for a promotion. If they don’t get the promotion that they think they deserve, it can become a catalyst to them leaving their church and trying to take their next step in leadership somewhere else.

But here’s the deal…some are ready…and some aren’t

While this list isn’t exhaustive, if you can tackle these 6 behaviors you’ll be well on your way to your next promotion!

Show Up Early

In an age where everyone gets a participation trophy and people think they deserve a raise or a promotion for simply doing the basic minimum at their job, showing up early is a simple but powerful tool in your arsenal. If you show up early and ready to roll you will stand out and be noticed.  Work ethic matters more than you think it does. Every employer is looking for team members that are personally motivated and ready to tackle the day ahead. These kinds of people stand out. Do you?

Do What You Said You Would Do

This one may seem blatantly obvious, but I’m pointing it out because it just isn’t anymore. If you want to get a promotion one day, then learn the art of follow through today. Develop the reputation of coming through and delivering on what you said you would deliver on, when you said it would be delivered. People who talk more than they get results don’t get promoted.

Approach Your Day with a Good Attitude

You can’t play a good game with a bad attitude. Your attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference in the way you approach your work and the way you affect the team you’re on. People who have bad attitudes rarely get promoted. Make the choice to have a better attitude today and you’ll take a step towards getting that promotion tomorrow.

Bring Solutions Instead of Problems

Your supervisor isn’t looking for you to bring them more problems. They have enough. If you bring them enough problems frequently enough they’ll quickly start asking themselves and you, “Why did I hire you if I have to do your job as well as my own?” Instead, when you run into a problem you need help with, identify the problem but then provide 3 viable solutions that your supervisor can offer input on. This will communicate that you are solution oriented, value their input, and you’ll begin to learn how your supervisor thinks and wants problems solved.

Master the Standard

You’re not going to be promoted if you can’t deliver the “industry average.” If the average growing church in America runs around 20% kids and 10% students but the kids or student ministry you are leading is lagging behind that, it’s going to be tough to warrant a promotion. Especially if the demographic of the community you’re in has plenty of kids, students and families in it. You can find “industry standard” metrics provided FREE by the Unstuck Group by following this link. Start by getting to average then grow from there. Remember, average performers rarely get promoted.

Learn to Develop Other People

One of the first things that I personally look for in ministry staff members who I’m looking to promote (after they master the standard), is their ability to develop other people. Do people want to follow them? Have they actually led people somewhere or do they just try to keep them happy? Do they just delegate tasks or do they actually empower them with authority? Are the people around them actually “getting better?” Have they demonstrated the ability to lead and coach difficult people? If you learn to actually develop other people you’re going to be well on your way to getting that promotion you’re after.


Posted in Leadership

2

arizona cardinal anquan boldin video promo

On Sunday, April 25th Cornerstone will be interviewing Anquan Boldin, an amazing NFL wide reciever who plays for the Arizona Cardinals, in all of our weekend services. We get that for many people telling their friends about Jesus can be difficult, so this is one way we’ve decided to come along side of our church and help them. We promise that if you invite your friends to hear this interview on April 25th, your friends will hear about how Christ has changed Anquan and they will have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel! To promote this moment, our Creative Arts Team has just finished producing a video that is going to go in the Harkins Theatres along the 202 corridor to be shown before every movie that people go and see in the weeks leading up to the 25th. Once again I find myself in awe of our Creative Arts Team. These guys are amazing. You can check out the trailer here.


Posted in Creative Arts, Spiritual Formation

5

Why we killed our church bulletin

No one will ever confuse me with an avid magazine reader…in fact I’m not sure if I’ve ever met one of those before. The only magazines you’ll catch me reading are Bass Pro Shops or Gator Country and perhaps the occasional issue of ESPN or Sports Illustrated. All of that changed about year ago. A little before that moment our Creative Arts Team started a conversation about doing away with our weekly bulletin in order to refocus their time and resources towards producing a magazine that would take it’s place. At first it seemed a bit fantastical. I mean how many local churches are producing a magazine that is worth reading? But the designers and entire Creative Arts Team believed deeply in this endeavor. So after a few presentations and winning the hearts of the decision makers, (it doesn’t hurt when the organization has a built in culture of risk) we were all in. Below are some of the nuts and bolts that it takes to make this happen and some of the major wins that we’ve experienced.

Continue Reading…


Posted in Creative Arts

0

The boring world of church announcements

People zone out when it comes to announcements in church. The reality is, unless you’re a stand up comedian, your church announcements are boring and usually become nothing more than the half-time show in the worship service. What makes it worse is that there is no other avenue where the average person in America actually assimilates information by sitting down and listening to someone verbally rattling off bullet point information in a never ending series of announcements. In a day when people are addicted to sound bites, 140 character limited communication, and customized news sources and information the old school church announcements need to be put out of their misery. Understanding this, a couple of years ago we decided that instead of fighting reality we would start using the media tools that were available to us. We began prerecording announcements via video through out the week and showing those in our services, similar to the ads that you would see prior to a movie. The payoff has been worth the investment. Here are the top 6 wins we experienced by moving to video announcements:

Continue Reading…


Posted in Creative Arts