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Is the Dream More Important than the Job Description?

Why is the dream more important than the job description? What is it that makes people desire to live by a set of standards and expectations that is much more than a checklist of do’s, don’ts and tasks to be accomplished? It is because serving God is a dream to be pursued. To see God at work through someone’s service is a commitment to be celebrated. To see God use someone to accomplish something that he or she could never do without the work of the Holy Spirit is a work to honored. This is why the dream is more important than the description!

My friend and fellow BACE member Ken Braddy published a blog post in June of 2017 that describes the importance of recruiting to a dream and not just to a job description. Perhaps Ken’s words of wisdom will encourage you as they did me. Perhaps it is something that will help you know how to communicate to your group leaders the value of all the leaders they enlist for their groups. Here are Ken’s words from that post:


It’s one of the biggest challenges that a Sunday School or small group leader faces:  how to recruit new leaders into important ministry roles within the group.  Whether you like it or not, recruiting people is a necessary part of group life.  If you are a group leader, you don’t want to be a “Lone Ranger”- that’s not even biblical.  So how can you recruit people to leadership roles the right way?

Instead of using a job description as the primary recruiting tool, may I suggest that you recruit a new leader to a dream? It is much more inspiring than recruiting them to a job description.

How to recruit to a dream, and not to a job description

Let’s take the example of recruiting a person to serve as an adult group’s record keeper.  Every group needs one.  Someone has to mark people absent or present, and then submit those records to the church.  The job description for this role would say exactly that:  pick up the group’s ministry list, mark people absent or present, and turn it back in to the church office.

But what if you took that same position and recruited someone to a dream instead? Here’s how that would look:  Instead of listing out the tasks of the position (marking people absent or present, turning in the ministry list to the church office, etc), why not talk to a potential leader about your dream for what this position can truly accomplish?  You could help a potential leader see your vision for the role by saying things like the following:

  • How would you like to help me make sure that no one falls through the cracks in this group?  No one likes feeling forgotten by others.
  • By becoming our group’s record keeper, you will help us spot people who start to drift away, and we can take action and perhaps keep an entire family engaged in Bible study.
  • If you become our record keeper, by keeping accurate records each week you’ll help me see patterns in people’s attendance so our group members can minister to them.

Can you hear the difference in recruiting to a job description versus recruiting to a dream or vision for that role?  Once a person understands your dream for what the position can do to help the group, then you can pull out the job description you’ve crafted.  People need to know what you expect of them, but not before they buy into the dream you have for the position you’re seeking to fill.

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