New Church Staff Evaluation Book

Working with church leaders has helped me recognize quite a few need help when managing employees and often feel vulnerable when asked to “assess” employee performance. Many are challenged with  trying to manage the day-to-day operations of a ministry and keeping employees focused on those things that are most important to church strategy.

Many church leaders dread the annual performance appraisal process, partially, because it’s a time consuming process but, more commonly, because they don’t have the training or expertise to assess employee performance painlessly. Read the Full Article →

10 Checklists to Help Manage Church Operations

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One of the many responsibilities that church leaders have is managing employee performance. This includes setting expectations and monitoring how work is completed.

Job functions that require multiple steps or programs that are multifaceted can be difficult to make certain that each step or facet is completed on time and as expected. One way to manage these types of jobs is to use work checklists. Read the Full Article →

8 Keys to Effective Church Management

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Effective church management is the appropriate administration of church resources. There is sometimes resistance to labeling church management as a business function, but whenever there are people and money involved, there needs to be structured business practices to ensure resources are managed and used appropriately.

Churches are unique in that they rely on donations from members and have a responsibility to be good stewards with those resources.   Read the Full Article →

Church Job Descriptions – 7 Questions to Consider

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Managing employees is one of countless church leader responsibilities, and employees need to know what managers expect of them so they can successfully perform their job duties.

Successful organizations put systems in place to help manage employees and the job description is part of that system. Employees need to know what is expected of them and who to go to with questions or concerns. Read the Full Article →

3 Ways to Manage Church Conflict

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There is a common phenomenon in the church today. People get offended, conflict arises and people leave the church. Very often there is miscommunication, or no communication, and when there is a gap in information people fill in the blanks. Oftentimes what they fill the gap with is inaccurate or untrue.

I had a pastor recently share about a member who left the church because they didn’t agree with a purchase that was made – a purchase that was approved by the board. Read the Full Article →

Is Your Church Culture One of Trust or Suspicion?

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I don’t know if you listen to Andy Stanley’s leadership podcasts or not but if you don’t it is a great resource for church leaders. Anyone who has ever listened to Andy knows that he is a great communicator and addresses many of the challenges church leaders face every day.

One of his recent podcasts titled, Trust vs Suspicion is a great teaching on how to steer a church employee culture toward trusting that others are doing the right thing and encouraging employees to demonstrate behaviors that warrant trustworthiness. Read the Full Article →

Do your employees like working for your church?

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Churches have a business model that is very different from other organizations. Members fund the operation, volunteers do the labor and employees facilitate the process. This model creates a unique employee experience which merits focus, attention and care.

People who work for a ministry do so because they feel called. This calling gives them the grace to work through the many challenges that come with being a church employee.   Read the Full Article →

Pastor or Boss – Do you Know When to Change Hats?

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Leading a church congregation can be very challenging because of the tender balance between pastoring and leading members toward a shared vision.

Church leaders are sometimes challenged with knowing when to operate in one of two roles – pastor or boss.  I ask leaders the question – Is this a boss issue or a pastor issue? In other words, which hat needs to be worn to deal with this issue – the pastor hat or the boss hat? Read the Full Article →

Church Employee Compensation Strategy

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People who work for churches do so because of a calling and deserve the same compensation as someone working in any other type of organization.  Churches that are large enough to have a paid staff should intentionally consider the pay and benefits their employees receive.

Church boards should develop a compensation strategy that lines up with the overall strategy and mission of the organization. Read the Full Article →

3 Reasons to Explain Church Policy

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As most of you know my husband and I recently moved from St. Louis to Naples in an effort to escape the cold and on a quest to find out what the next season in our lives will bring.  As part of that quest we have been looking for a home church.

There is a church we have visited several times and are getting close to taking the step of joining. Read the Full Article →