Jerry Hurley joined the staff at Life Church in 1998, when it was a single campus and running about 600 people. He’s been on the senior leadership team as it’s grown to over 80,000 attenders and 29 locations today.
Jerry shares his top insights on scale, leaving the corporate world and recruiting staff and volunteers. Plus, he tells the story of how he challenged Craig Groeschel to make a change that Craig calls one of the most important in his early ministry.
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3 Insights from This Episode
1. Strong systems and a small mindset grow organizations.
Over the years, Jerry Hurley has excelled at keeping an incredibly large church from maxing out on growth. Here are his two key things to keep in mind when considering the potential of your organization:
2. God’s interested in who we are, not what we do.
If you feel God calling you toward something, there’s no reason to fight it or fear what could be on the other side of that big decision. Delaying the call only causes you to miss out on the blessings God wants to give you now.
Sometimes obeying the call doesn’t even mean moving into new territory. It could simply be that God’s wanting you to do more for Him with the platform you already have. Not everyone called into ministry is called into it full-time. He’s way more interested in who you are than what you do.
3. Great volunteers want invited to the table.
There are so many people who want to volunteer their time to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Often in only requires an invitation to the table and thoughtful preparation for their arrival. Jerry lists his approach to maintaining a full and productive volunteer community that provides efficiency for the team:
Have meaningful things for them to do.
Connect what they do to eternal life change.
Make sure they realize that they are making a difference.
Lead them the same way you lead your team.
Trust them to do as many things as you possibly can allow them to do.
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