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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The Second Push

This is the time of year when you are doing the recruiting "Second Push". The first push has already taken place. You've identified the roles that need to be filled for the coming ministry season, and you've done your best to find "the right people for the right places".

But now comes the time for the "Second Push". This is the time when you realize that some of your initial placements aren't going to work out. Some of the people have been placed in roles that are not a fit for their personality and gifting. Maybe you need to ask them "How is it going?" and "Is there something else you'd like to do, or are you ready to press on in this assignment?"

Also the "Second Push" is when you realize that there were some blind spots in your leadership structure. Now you see that there are roles needed that you had not foreseen. So now it's time to do the second round of recruiting.

As you recruit, keep 3 major things in mind:

1) No one is looking to just fill your NEED
In general, people don't jump at the opportunity to fill a need. Your need does not constitute their emergency. "Need-based recruiting" might as well be called "guilt-based recruiting". You tell people how desperate you are, and hope that they will want to help. This may fill a few immediate needs on a short term basis. But it seldom brings people joy and they will soon slip away from your team. Soon the guilt wears off and, as weariness sets in, they head for the escape hatch.

Principle: People want to be part of the vision
In recruiting, find how you can inspire people to activate their God-given desire for significance. Everyone wants to know that their life is making a difference. Everyone wants to be part of something great. Everyone wants to feel valued. And God has gifted every single Christian, with a talent for ministry. The trick is finding their gifting and providing opportunities to release that gifting for maximum Kingdom impact. Continually show people how their piece of the ministry puzzle is contributing to the vision being accomplished.

2) No one is looking for MORE stuff to do
Everybody is busy. Nobody jumps at the opportunity to add another responsibility to their already busy schedule. And to make matters worse, we often force ministry leaders to sit through mindless meetings. They sit around watching us fumble through, revealing how unprepared we were for their contribution. Then we ask them to show up for events where they feel their skills aren't even being utilized.

Principle: Make every minute count
If you don't have seriously valuable content and a pressing reason to hold a meeting: then don't. And when people show up to serve, clearly define their responsibility. Each volunteer needs to know that their absence will leave a gaping hole in the mission's accomplishment. The reason that people often drop the ball is because their role doesn't seem important. They figure that anybody could do the mindless work they're being asked to do. Streamline each leader's ministry so that they clearly understand their roles and responsibilities. And whatever you do: don't waste their time!

3) No one is looking to follow a STRESSED-OUT leader
One time I met with a staff member to talk about the image he had been projecting. It seemed that he would often mention (to anyone who would listen) how much work he was being asked to do. In meetings and conversations he would often take a deep breath and give a little "sign". When people asked him about anything, he was always sure to share how stressful his job was and how little time he had for anything new. And then he wondered why people weren't flocking to join his ministry areas.

Principle: Be a leader that people want to follow
Our conversation was very simple. I said, "People follow leaders whom they want to be like...and right now, nobody wants to be like you." Fortunately, this was a smart and humble guy. He quickly recognized the negative pattern that had slipped into his conversational habits. He became very conscious of the importance of his words and attitudes. And the result? His new positive attitude became an attractional force to his ministry.

And one more thought. Continually search for individuals with a "leader's heart". These are the people who "get it". They have an aptitude for leadership. They have a positive attitude and demonstrate the fruit of the spirit. Given the right circumstances, they could probably do your job better than you do. These people are a special gift from God. Don't give them piddly little tasks. Give them positions of leadership and authority. Pour into their personal and spiritual development. And especially with these "high caliber" volunteers, implement #1, #2 and #3.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Early morning Labor Day

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ground Hog Road

Friday, July 02, 2010

Ride out to West Blockton

On Wire Road
The West Blockton Coke Field Historic site
The baseball field where we played when I was in elementary school.Some goats along the way.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stella for sale

2008 Stella - Vespa Scooter

Only 1352 miles, beautiful condition, classic 2 stroke engine, all steel body

$2300 obo

Monday, December 01, 2008

what's up with the blog?

I've had a number of people asking why this is blog has been inactive for so many months. Well, it really has to do with a matter of function/purpose.

When I was at Faith Church, the blog was a fantastic leadership tool. People read it and followed up. I felt like it was an opportunity to teach and minister primarily to the people at our church. Occasionally I would share personal and family updates. But mostly it was a church ministry function.

Which leads to the main reasons this page has been fairly inactive:

1) Since having been called to Tuscaloosa First Wesleyan I found that most of our people here are much less "blog addicted". It began to feel like a labor to keep something like this up-to-date, when it seemed that few people within our local church followed the page regularly. In fact, the people who have requested me to start writing again...are people who are outside of Tuscaloosa.

2) The other primary reason has to do with FACEBOOK. So many of the people who regularly followed my blog are now on Facebook. And for those of you who follow Tracy's writings, you know that she does a fantastic job of keeping everybody up to date on the happenings of the Gorveatte family (with pictures!).

So there you have it. I plan to keep this website and hang on to the title "JOEL...GET TO THE POINT". And from time to time we'll use this page to serve a particular purpose (so be sure to check in occasionally). But for the time being...we'll see you on Facebook!

Have a fantastic day.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

happened naturally

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.

~ Lao Tse

Read back the through the above statement a few times and let the power of this truth sink in.

Leadership is not drawing attention to yourself. It is about moving the mission forward in ways that feel natural to the rhythm of life and organizational flow.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

artist's angst

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

purpose power

George Washington Carver said: “No individual has any right to come into the word and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”

When you look at men and women throughout history. Those who excelled. When you read in the Bible of great leaders of faith… you see that they were men and women with a purpose.

Noah was able to build the ark, in spite of the criticism and ridicule of his neighbors...because he had a purpose.

Abraham was willing to leave his family and friends to go to a new land…because he had a purpose

Joseph was able to endure persecution and imprisonment…because he had a purpose

Moses was able to leave the palace and the riches of Egypt to lead the children of Israel…because he had a purpose.

David was able to face down the giant Goliath (while others ran and hid in their tents)… because he had a purpose.

Daniel stood firm when being thrown into a lion’s den…because he had a purpose.

John the Baptist was able to say, “I must decrease so that Christ may increase”…because he had a purpose.

Stephen proclaimed the message of God (even while being put to death)…because he had a purpose

Paul was able to withstand persecution and hardship…because he had a purpose

JESUS himself, in his love for mankind allowed himself to be placed on a cross, in our place...because he had a purpose.

And WHAT IS that purpose? Take a few minutes today and read (Matthew 22:37-39) and (Matthew 28:18-20).

Thursday, May 22, 2008


An elderly gent was invited to an old friends' home for dinner one evening. He was impressed by the way his buddy preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms such as: Honey, My Love, Darling, Sweetheart, Pumpkin, etc. The couple had been married almost 70 years and clearly, they were still very much in love.

While the wife was in the kitchen, the man leaned over and said to his host, 'I think it's wonderful that, after all these years, you still call your wife those loving pet names'.

The old man hung his head. 'I have to tell you the truth,' he said, 'Her name slipped my mind about 10 years ago and I'm scared to death to ask her what it is!'

So here's The Point

Be sure to express your love and appreciation to someone today. And if you can remember their's even better!