Leaders, Think About This Alternative to Hiring Full-Time Employees

There are viable alternatives to hiring full-time employees for certain positions. (Unsplash)

As churches and ministries grow, most pastors and leaders are convinced they need to hire more full-time employees. Perhaps it's the security of having the team around all the time, or maybe it's a loyalty issue, or perhaps it's the mistaken idea that to understand the DNA of an organization you have to be there full time.

Whatever it is, thinking only in terms of full-time employees hurts the organization and can actually hold it back.

The truth is, you can often get far more qualified people by thinking about freelancers or consultants than you can hiring full time. Freelancers and consultants have that job for a reason—they're good enough and have risen to such a professional level that multiple organizations want them, so they have the opportunity to impact more than one team.

Plus, in many positions, you don't really need a full-time employee as much as you think. For instance, do you really need a full-time person in areas like:

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Graphic design.

Video production.

Video post-production.


Donor development.

Audio production.


I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

Pastors and leaders, start thinking more in terms of how temporary or part-time employees could bring an entirely new level of expertise to your situation. Why pay full-time benefits and salaries for what could be a short-term need?

Freelancers or consultants just might be your answer.

Phil Cooke has produced TV and film programming in more than 60 countries around the world, and in the process, been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter and been threatened with prison in Africa. And during that time—through his company, Cooke Media Group, in Los Angeles, California—he's helped some of the largest Christian and nonprofit organizations in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.

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