Today, I want to talk to you about the vulnerability of your ministry. Now, this vulnerability matrix will help you assess that vulnerability if you have a leader or staff person leave your church. Let’s take a look.
First, you have the impact to the organization. You have to determine what the impact to your organization is going to be if this person leaves. How important is the role from the day-to-day ministry of the church or Sunday-to-Sunday ministry of the church? Again, this could be a staff or volunteer. Both hold key positions in your church.
Next, you want to determine the risk of vacancy. How likely are they to move on? Potential reasons for risk of vacancy include: life stage, changing jobs, a competitive job market. Honestly, the competitive job market could be inside your church. If someone else has more clarity and a more compelling vision for their ministry than you do, you may lose that person – a key volunteer – to another area.
The other piece is if someone is actually satisfied working in your ministry. Are you developing them in their role? Do they feel appreciated for what they do? Does this role align with their passions, or are they simply filling a spot? If they are just filling a spot, you may be at risk of losing them. So, you want to take a look at your ministry. Really take a look at how you are developing them and pouring into them to determine your rate of vulnerability. This will help you better understand where people are and develop them for the future and give them a compelling reason to serve in your ministry – out of their skills and passions – so that they can decide what you’re doing is really good.
Now that you know the vulnerability matrix, what are you going to do about it?