What was Jesus looking for as he walked along the See of Galilee? ese weresimple, hard working ﬁshermen. What did he expect? Why does Jesus chooseto look for his disciples from among this group of ﬁshermen working along the Sea of Galilee? is is not where you would look for people of socialprivilege and inﬂuence. ere doesn’t seem to be anything special about theseindividuals. What was Jesus looking for? What did Jesus see in the twelvedisciples he called upon to help him fulﬁll his mission?
Reﬂecting on your agency’s mission statement what would you deﬁne as thekey principles of the mission?Deﬁne two or three key characteristics you might look for in a candidate that would be congruent with the agency mission?e process of ﬁlling an open position is most productive when approachedas an opportunity for team building. How might you involve others in theinitial, assessment phase of the hiring process? How is this team approachreﬂected in the agency mission?
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,and my hope is in you all day long.Psalm 25:4-5
Individuals who come to your agency seeking employment understandthe importance of making a good ﬁrst impression. In a similar manner itis essential to consider the ﬁrst impression your agency communicates topotential employees? Do we create an honest ﬁrst impression in the advertis-ing and recruitment process? How well do we communicate our mission and what we stand for? Communicating what the agency needs and expects in thearea of mission eﬀectiveness prevents the ineﬃciencies that result from hiring a mission misﬁt.
Today, there is an inescapable duty to make ourselves the neighbor of every individual, without exception, and to take positive steps to help a neighbor whom we encounter, whether that neighbor be an elderly person abandonedby everyone, a foreign worker who suﬀers the injustice of being despised, a refugee, an illegitimate child wrongly suﬀering for a sin of which the child isinnocent, or a starving human being who awakens our conscience by calling to mind the words of Christ: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers or sisters, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
(Gaudium et Spes; Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World , Vatican Council II)