Question: how much do we pay people to do these things in our congregations? How much does our society pay people for these things? What kinds of results should we expect when we pay nothing or very little for such tasks?
And next-- mastery. Practice, practice, practice. What are those things about discipleship and being engaged in God's mission that you have to really get down, get into your bones and muscles, your breath and your blood? How do you make room and open the way for more people to get great practice in these things on a regular basis?
That's a purpose that can get me up in the morning even more than Steve Jobs' purpose to "put a ding in the universe." (To me, that sounds a bit arrogant-- though I have to say his company makes beautiful products that work really well!).
And for the rest of your folks whose work requires more cognitive engagement-- those on the congregation's payroll and those who are not-- make sure they don't have to worry about money, but don't use money as a motivator. It won't generate better results-- probably worse ones! Instead, fanatically encourage autonomy and mastery and keep folks connected with the purpose in all of this-- the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand-- how much more Advent can you get!-- and see what happens when you do.