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Are You Spiritually Unemployed?

by Rick Robinson

During the Great Depression unemployment jumped from 3.3 percent in the 1920’s to 15.9 percent in 1931. By 1933, 24.9 percent of Americans who wanted to work could not find a job. This unemployment rate hit before a food stamp program and unemployment insurance existed. Most wives did not work outside the home, so if the husband lost his job, all income for that household stopped. This left many Americans homeless, hungry, and desperate. It wasn’t until the United States entered into World War II the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in 1942.I wonder how these percentages would stack up when it comes to workers in the church? I am not simply talking about that building you worship in; I am speaking of the population of believers. How many people that call themselves believers are serving Christ? Are you spiritually unemployed? That is, do you serve Christ on a regular basis? Perhaps you are spiritually under-employed, serving Christ now and then. Many people look for a church that will provide services and opportunities for the family, maybe even being a big enough church to hide in undetected, without being asked to serve.What if all those benefits were only available like unemployment benefits in America are distributed? What if every week you were asked, “Did you serve Christ this week?” and “Did you look for opportunity to serve Christ this week?” Would you still qualify for the benefits of your local church? Of course, this is not how it works, but I’m just asking. Think about your commitment to Christ, not just from the aspect of the local church organization. Have you become a hearer of the word only?

James 1:23-25
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.

Are you attending church as though it were a sort of spiritual welfare program that gives you a form of religion and a shallow relationship with Jesus Christ? God has a perfect plan for your life, and place for you to serve Him. He has given all believers at least one spiritual gift to enable them to rely more upon Him in the task they are called to do.

Romans 12:1-8
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

1 Corinthians 12:7
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

It could be you need more preparation for where God wants to take you in the future. That does not mean we should not serve until we feel we are ready. We must continue to learn more and stretch our faith, but we must also let God determine when we are ready for what. Serving in a capacity now to be a blessing to others, does not mean that is our spiritual career path. 

2 Timothy 2:15Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   

Think about what could be accomplished if we found a decline in spiritual unemployment. Just as World War II saw a decline in unemployment in America, so will the spiritual war that is taking place find spiritual unemployment dropping in the church, when we accept the call to serve. 

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.

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Basic Principles in Recruiting Workers

By Rick Robinson

Strong leadership is essential for church growth. I have seen far too many churches, where a pulse and a Bible can get you a volunteer position. If you don’t have a Bible they will get you one, but the pulse is not negotiable. If this is somewhat how you have been recruiting workers, you are building a foundation for disaster. When you are working on your church growth strategies, do not be afraid to expect commitment and to set a standard of expectation for leadership. Remember these simple instructions from Paul to pastors about leadership.

2 Timothy 2:1-2

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.

Titus 2:1-3

You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.

Building your leadership may start slow, but God will grow your church when you are being obedient to the instructions outlined in His word. You cannot expect God to bless something He has not established. When building your leadership, keep in mind this simple church growth principle; churches tend to grow in homogeneous units. That is, churches attract people that are most like the leadership you have in place. When you put weak leadership in front of the congregation, it communicates something contrary to God’s word. You send a message of how easy it is to become a leader, and there is a low standard of expectation. This will attract people who do not like commitment, and it will repel people who believe God has a standard of expectation to become a leader. If you want to attract qualified leaders, set this standard in place and watch how God begins bringing qualified leaders into your church. If you don’t have anyone qualified, then do not go back to the “pulse and a Bible” standard. God will begin sending the workers He wants you to have so you can get things done, but you must have a high level of commitment also.

I want to give you five simple things that are needed for enlistment of workers into any ministry area in your church.


  • Workers should be given a job description. Workers must understand what is expected of them. Don’t be afraid of frightening potential workers off with the word “commitment”. Workers without commitment will only cause more work for you, and give poor testimony of what a leader in your church is.
  • Workers must be provided with appropriate training.Some workers God brings into the church will know exactly what to do. God has their heart and has given them experience. Don’t assume they know what to do in your church. When I became a deacon in my home church, (Idlewild Baptist Church) I had been ordained as a deacon for almost thirty years and had been an ordained minister for almost twenty years. I still was asked to take training classes to be involved. That excited me, because I was thrilled to be a part of a church with a high standard for leadership. I don’t want to go into spiritual combat with deacon brothers that only have a pulse and a Bible.
  • Workers should be given a name of someone to go to for support. Even if getting started means you are the only one to come to for help, people need to know what to do when they have questions or need help. Don’t throw them to the wolves.
  • Workers should be given a date the responsibility will end. Workers burn out when they feel they have an eternal job. When the last feelings they had of ministry work is how bad they felt when they quit; you will find it difficult to recruit them in the future. I always recruit workers from January to December. If someone in November, I still re-enlist him or her for the next year starting in January. This can protect you in the event that if you have a worker misplaced; that is they cannot do the job effectively, it is easier to replace them at the end of the year without hard feelings. You can then place them where God has called them to serve.
  • Workers must have an understanding why the role is important. No ministry can be successful when it is viewed as busy work, or non-essential. If it is important enough to ask people to commit to, then we should be responsible enough to tell them why.

Follow these basic church growth ideas as principles in recruiting your workers, and see how God begins bringing the work force into your church.

Matthew 9:37

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.


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Rev. Rick Robinson is a church growth consultant helping churches of all sizes with church growth strategies and evangelism ideas.

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