Having served as a pastor for the last 20+ years I’ve realized that more than anything else, church is about people. Yes there is theology, organization, worship, etc etc – but this is really a “people” endeavor. While I am no expert (far from it) on people, I have noticed two different approaches that can be taken when it comes to people. You can look for a “product” or look for “potential”.
I have seen too many really good people be written off because someone was expecting a “product”. They make comments like, “he is so annoying, she is so high maintenance, he is so set in his ways, she is so inconsiderate” etc etc. Those things may be true about that person in that moment in time, and to be fair there are some who don’t desire to grow, change or mature. However, I’ve found in more cases than not that it’s either a case of poor self awareness (meaning they DON’T KNOW they’re annoying, high-maintenance etc) or a case of not knowing how to grow. Both of these issues can be addressed and people can be helped.