WIlliam Vanderbloemen thinks 2021 will be the year so many churches and organizations see much higher than normal turnover, and why it will happen.
In addition, he shares future staffing trends and how to do succession well.
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INSIGHTS FROM WILLIAM
1. 2021 will be the year of turnover
You might find this hard to believe, but William thinks that 2021 is going to be the year of turnover. And not only will it be the year of turnover, but he thinks you could end up losing some of your most valuable team members. He points to a couple of specific reasons why he thinks this will happen:
- Turnover is a completely normal thing that happens in organizations, but in 2020, almost no turnover has happened because people didn’t want to leave because of COVID.
- The last thing people wanted to do during lockdown was add MORE uncertainty into their lives, so rather than changing jobs to start a new one, they just stayed where they were.
It’s doubtful that either of those trends will continue deep into 2021. So, William wants to make sure that you are prepared to lose at least one of your most valuable team members. It’s much better to be prepared when it happens, so prepare now.
2. A pastor’s role as a priest is becoming more important now than ever before
Traditionally, pastors play three major roles:
All three are important, but now the “priest” role will be more important than ever for leaders, because it’s the only role that can’t really be outsourced online. Any pastor online can teach and lead your people, but you are the only one who can sit down and actually listen to them.
So, how do you start to get people coming back to your local church? William recommends you follow Billy Graham’s example of writing your sermons “with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” But that newspaper needs to be the most local newspaper you can find if you want to reach your community.
3. How to know when it’s time to start a succession
It’s so common for pastors to get “Brett Favre Syndrome” and keep thinking, “I’ve got one more year in me.” But, how do you know when you don’t have another year in you, and it’s time to start a succession?
From the research his team has seen, William sees a real season of growth that starts on a pastor’s 40th birthday but ends at their 55th or 60th birthday. At that point, a slow decline begins.
There are outliers to that data, so he gives other signs you might need to transition: If you’re no longer excited by the day-to-day work of ministry but love preaching, if you’ve started counting down the days, or think you can’t make it another seven years, it might be time to start talking about a five year succession plan.
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