May 29, 2008 Tony Morgan

The Highly-Skilled-Techies are Few

As churches become more tech-savvy and grow to rely on technology to reach today’s culture with the Gospel, it’ll be interesting to see how ministry competes for the best talent in tech-related fields. To be completely vulnerable, we’re finding a challenge attracting highly-skilled experts (IT, media, web, etc.) to join our team. Part of the problem is because there appears to be a shortage of talent for the demand that exists in today’s technocentric world.

The other reason is because our expectations look different than the “normal” organization. For example, we need someone who…

  • Loves Jesus.
  • Is fully committed to the unique vision and mission for NewSpring’s ministry.
  • Is highly skilled in their field of expertise.
  • Has technical knowledge and understands how that translates in a ministry setting.
  • Is willing to sacrifice financial gain to work for a church.

As an example, our media team is trying to fill a key role. We’ve heard this same story from several folks. They’ve shared that most Christ-followers who are talented with media production aren’t clamoring to join a church staff. Instead they’re heading to Hollywood. Who can blame them? If you could use your specialized gifts, influence today’s culture, have more freedom to create, enjoy less-restrictive deadlines to fine tune your craft and make more money doing it, wouldn’t you go?

I used to think developing leaders would be the ultimate barrier to growth. I’m beginning to think finding highly specialized technicians may be just as big of a challenge. Yes, outsourcing is part of the solution. But, you still need someone on the team who can see the big picture, manage projects and talk whatever language of geek-speak is appropriate to manage those partnerships.

Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38). The truth in that passage is more real now to me than it ever has been.

Am I alone on this one? Are you sensing this same challenge?

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Tony Morgan

Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and
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