When you are selecting people for leadership roles in the church one of the most important things to pay attention to is what they are already doing naturally.
We were sitting around the table with the leadership of a successful organization. We were chatting with Misse, an executive assistant known for her high level organizational skills. “Misse”, we asked her, “can you pinpoint a time in your life when you were first recognized as being an organized person?”
Her answer was immediate. “When I was a toddler, I would creep to the family’s food cupboard, take out all of the canned goods, and then place them back in the cupboard, organized by color.”
As a toddler! You see, you are hard-wired to do something – maybe a few things – extraordinarily well. And, if you examine your life, you will see that you have always been doing these things. So, as we hire people or match them with volunteer opportunities, we will match what we need in the position to a person who naturally does these things.
If you need something done, find someone who is already and naturally doing that thing and select them!