Early in 2010, I started trying to profile different coworkers at Christ Community Church. I started off with Steve Walters and then wrote about Micah Yost. I was then going to write about Dusty White, but then I found out he was going to work at another church (Coram Deo). I turned my attention to Andre Sims, but he was leaving as well. And then I was going to write about Jay Castillo, but he headed off to Fuller Seminary before I could write about him.
I can’t recall when it was last year, but Lead Pastor Mark Ashton said at one point that the average length of stay for a staff person, at a megachurch*, is 2.5 years. However, he added that the average length of stay for a staff person at Christ Community Church is 5 years.
*To qualify as a megachurch, you have to have 2,000 in weekly attendance. Christ Community Church averages 3,000, and 5,000 people consider it their home church.
I was thinking about the length of stay for a CCC staff person because I’ve been on staff for five years now.* So much has changed since I first started working there.
*I consider April 2005 as when I started at CCC. I may have been considered a paid consultant, but I was quickly working full-time and was there on a daily basis. February 2006 is when I was officially considered staff.
Five years later, and I’ve been on staff at CCC longer than 75% of the staff. It sounds funny, but it’s easy for me to comprehend.
I got use to staff turnover when I was a missionary. It almost seemed like a turnstile with fellow missionaries. It was hard to develop friendships because you’d get to know someone, and then they were called overseas or back home to work.
There were always those pillars, though, at the missions organization that had been around forever. So while a lot of people were coming and going from the mission field, you had a core group that was almost “the tie that binds”.
When someone on staff leaves CCC, it usually doesn’t phase me. More often than not, the person is being called to something that’s a better fit, or will benefit a number of people. Knowing that adds perspective to things and is why I’m usually not sad when they leave. Another factor could be I’m numb to the transitions.
- Right now, there are over 60 individuals on staff at CCC. (64 by my unofficial count.)
- Nearly 60 people have been hired for staff positions since I became an official CCC staff.
- Of those 60 since I was hired, nearly a third no longer work at CCC.
Staff turnover is a part of most companies. It’s a part of ministries, and especially at megachurches. While you may think that’s high, think about those that have been on staff for awhile at CCC. People like Wendell Nelson, Nancy Davies, Nancy Fager, Virg Ediger, Steve Yost, Steve Walters and others. That’s an amazing group of staff there, a pool of wisdom, talent and spiritual maturity.
What excites me is we have a great group of “veterans” along with a new staff group. It’s not coincidence this staff team is working together, at this point in time, as CCC pursues the Double Your Impact vision for the next few years.
There will always be staff coming and going. And me? Right now, I don’t have plans to go anywhere.