Yesterday morning I was scheduled to do the welcome at Grace Community Church. After the first song, I was scheduled to come on stage, welcome people to the service, and we would continue worship. It was that simple. Before the second service, I was in a meeting in another part of the building. All of a sudden I thought to look at the time. The service had started and I was late. I jumped up and started running for the auditorium. I arrived just in time to hear one of our worship leaders covering for my absence. I was mortified. Thankfully, Dustin covered for me.
The incident, however, served a purpose, because I was reminded of an important principle. No one on our team should be irreplaceable.
Is your staff prepared to recover in the event of a no-show? Do you cross train for every position?
Things can happen. People get sick. People leave the team…sometimes quickly. Scattered brained pastors get distracted.
Take a minute to review your organization. Where are the positions that would still be empty if key people aren’t in their place? What changes need to be made in your organization, so you can continue in spite of any absences?