Last Thursday our entire staff team gathered at the Greenville campus. I think we have just over 100 folks on our team now. That includes the folks from the Florence, Anderson, Greenville and the Internet campuses.
Our entire staff meets once a month. This time, we had a time of worship, prayer and teaching. Then our team ate barbecue together. It was a lot of fun.
During the teaching, though, Perry shared this challenge:
“If you’re not working your dream job, resign today.”
The day before he shared that with the staff, Perry asked a few of us if he should be that bold with that challenge. We encouraged him to lay it all out on the line. In fact, we decided in advance that we would provide a three-month severance package for any staff member who agreed to resign within 24 hours.
We want staff leaders that are passionate about the mission of NewSpring Church. We believe that what we are doing is critical to the lives of thousands of people. People’s eternities are at stake. There’s an urgency to our mission that requires a team that’s fully engaged in our cause.
- We can’t afford to pay people to be bitter about their job situation.
- We can’t afford to pay people to try to figure out what God wants them to do.
- We can’t afford to pay people to wish they were someplace else doing something different.
As Perry suggested, you can go to Hardee’s and flip burgers (or Carl’s Jr. if you’re on the left coast) and get paid to do that, but we’re not going to pay you to do that at NewSpring.
This was a challenge for NewSpring staff, but I think it’s a challenge for any person in any job. If you’re not doing what you are created to do, you should resign today. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing, you should resign today. If you can’t commit fully to the mission of your organization, you should resign today.
Any way you cut it, life is too short to just work for a paycheck. Figure out what God created you to do, and go do that.