Investing in the ongoing learning and development of staff members is one of the most effective ways of attracting and retaining talented ministry professionals. Many opportunities exist for charities to deliver low cost and impactful on-the-job learning experiences (e.g., mentorship, train the trainer).
In today’s world of hyper-connected social media, the reality is that if charities don’t regularly engage with staff members about their professional development, someone else will. Millennials in particular often have specific expectations as to how they will be supported in their professional development by their employers. Charities that are proactive in initiating and maintaining this dialogue will be at a distinct advantage when it comes to attracting talented younger staff members.