Thursday, August 17, 2006


If you've ever read "Good to Great" (Jim Collins), you're familiar with what I'm going to say next.

It's time to get the right people on the bus.

I mean, so far, it's awesome being here in Atlanta and learning from the North Point team. But there are 200-some folks working here and just one of me. And in some small way, each one of those jobs needs to be replicated in Jacksonville. We need really sharp people to lead in production, kids & preschool, youth ministry, groups, administration, care, communications, host teams, resources, and more. Other partnership have started with 50-100 volunteers in place. That's a lot of folks to recruit, inspire, train, and manage.

There are some key staff positions that we need to fill in the weeks ahead. Very high on my list are the areas related to family ministry—preschool, kids, middle school, and high school. If you have good leads, tell them to shoot me a resume at rich {dot} barrett {at} northpoint {dot} org.

We'll also need someone on staff to help with administration and coordinating groups. And we'll need lots and lots of volunteers.

Which brings me back to Jim Collins. Whether paid or volunteer, the most important key is to make sure we have the right people. People who clearly understand our mission and direction, and are intensely passionate about leading people into growing relationships with Christ. As you talk about this church with others, keep an eye out for the "right people." We need them!

It takes a team to fulfill a dream. -Rich Warren


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a tremendous faith God is bringing the right people to the bus at this time in Jacksonville for NP-Jax. I am praying all the amazing people who are working hard on the new endeavor are praying fervishly for the people who might carry the church into the next generation. I fully support the guidelines you laid out Rich for the right people: those who understand our mission and direction and who are wildly running after Christ and others.
Let's search for the individuals God will provide for us in a way that is putting God and others above all else.
Thanks for all you're doing up there in Atlanta right now, we cannot wait to have you in Jacksonville and work in partnership alongside you and your family in person.

August 20, 2006 7:47:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous brian kunkler said...

It does my heart good to see you quoting Jim Collins... Man, to be able to choose the 'bus' passengers so early in the game is a blessing! I pray you guys are able to get the right folks on board at the right time. Rich, I'll have a few awesome people for you in the next year or two from our 'intern' base if you can wait... Looking forward to seeing how the Jacksonville mov'mt rolls along! Peace, Brian Kunkler.

August 21, 2006 11:25:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Been reading about your church and it sounds really interesting. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences online. I'll be following...

As a semi-successful professional, I've found that churches are a lot of talk when it comes to "finding the right people" to lead a endeavor like this, but really don't give it the time it needs. I'm curious to know what your group is really doing to find the right people and to hear how things are coming together. Please post an update soon!

Also, what do you do with these people once you find them? How do take these "right people" and become the "right team"?

Here's my premise for this entire post: I find it fascinating how little church leaders know about the people working right next to them. When church leadership asks their people to invest in others within their sphere of influence and grow together as a family, are they willing to do it themselves? Does their schedule reflect what their mouths say? I have always thought that leading by example was a great idea. I'm ready for feedback!

I'm throwing this out there because I'm ready to see a church full of health and vitality. I'm tired of watching churches not reach the potential they are capable of.

Maybe this is a good time to ask how Jesus chose his motley crew?

October 17, 2006 10:38:00 AM EDT  

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