Today’s journey takes us to a place of self-reflection on how we look at our place in church. This topic is important because how we value our place in church, and our place in God’s Kingdom, ultimately affects the joy in our lives. Additionally, when we have a church body that places a significant value on their place in the success of the church, the ultimate mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes much easier. So how do you ignite a church body to place such a high value on their role in the mission? Ever consider becoming Employee Owned?
To help with this reflection consider the different seasons churches go through. We can find a season of unity in the body, a season of lukewarm spirits, and even times of financial distress and disunity. How you see yourself and your role in your church will affect those seasons and the success of your church to achieve the mission. This is the same in the corporate world. If your employees are disgruntled, negative, and place little value on their role in the organization, the overall contribution they will bring to the success of the company will be minimal. However, if you have an employee that believes in the vision of the company, understands that everything they do in their position affects the bottom line, they will have a more integral role in the company’s success. If you go one step further and give your employees a financial stake in the corporation, a true employee owned environment, you will see production and positive results skyrocket.
An employee owned mentality brings a whole new level of ownership and dedication to the ultimate vision. Common traits of an employee owned mentality:
Though God owns the church, we must place that same “employee owned” value on ourselves to ensure that we place the success of God’s vision before all things. Possessing those same traits means we will clean windows, run the bus ministry, clean the bathrooms, plow the snow, pay our tithes and give to offerings when the church is in financial need. You will treat the church as your own. If there’s a piece of garbage on the floor, you’ll pick it up. If you see chipped paint on the wall, you’ll get some paint and fix it.
I challenge you to ignite your church body to unify together and become employee owned. Learn to reach new heights in God’s Kingdom by placing value on your role in your church.
If you desire to implement an “employee owned” church campaign in your church, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to share materials to help launch the spreading of the gospel.