Yesterday I started the post with the sentence, “NOTHING trumps experience.

Well, I lied. It’s not completely true. There’s something else that’s as important if not more important. When it comes to getting a great job in ministry, it’s not really what you know, it’s WHO you know.

I know this to be true in my life. I’ve worked at four different churches and three of the jobs came about (or were secured) because of a relationship. The absolute best staff I have hired are people I found through a relationship. Most of the really great job connections I watch happen between friends/peers are through relational connections. I even saw this play out last night. I was talking to a friend who is interviewing at a church out of state. I was excited to hear about the lead and I asked him what church he was talking to. Once he told me I responded, “I know that church! Actually, I know the NextGen Pastor there, I’ll call him tomorrow.”

So, whether you’re brand new in ministry or you’ve been around for a while, you need to network. You need to get out there and meet people. This isn’t going to happen through linked in. I promise. It only takes getting to know 2-3 people who will introduce you to dozens more.

This is another reason why I’d point you back to Gateway’s Leadership Development Program. As an LDP, you will learn a lot and get the right kind of experience. However, as an LDP you will get exposure to a lot of really great relationships. We frequently have amazing leaders come through and hang out in our ministries. As an LDP, you’d make some incredible connections simply because you’re around. Lastly, I have so many churches reach out asking if I know anyone for a great position. My answer is usually, “not right now, but I’ll keep my eyes open.” I hate giving that answer. I’d rather say, “Yes! I’ve got an LDP who is a little young, but they’re going places and they’d be a great person to hire and develop.”

So, as you think about what’s next for you, think again about spending a year with me as an LDP. Click here for more information and to apply.