6 Benefits of a Clergy Sabbatical

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Church leaders have great responsibilities and the many challenges that come with working in the ministry can take its toll on clergy.

It is common for churches to offer sabbaticals for clergy to provide a time for refreshing, recharging and continuing education.

When pastors are allowed to take an extended break from ministry they can refocus and recharge their passion and call to lead the congregation. Read the Full Article →

4 Considerations When Creating A Dress Code Policy

Proper office dress codes are kind of a drag because no one really wants to be told what they have to wear to work. In addition, no manager really wants to confront an employee who doesn’t comply with the policy.

As a grade-schooler I learned the discipline of having a dress code policy because I went to a private school that required students to wear uniforms.

The positive aspect of wearing a uniform is that it takes the thinking out of what to wear in the morning. The downside is uniforms are usually boring and get old really quick.

The reason many schools have uniforms is to enforce a consistent look for all the kids. Read the Full Article →

6 Tips For Preparing to Interview a Job Candidate

Managing the human resource function of a church is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other business setting. A church is only as strong as the people it employs, and weak employees can affect the ability of the church to fulfill its mission.

Managing the human resource function of a church is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other business setting.

A church is only as strong as the people it employs, and weak employees can affect the ability of the church to fulfill its mission.

As Jim Collins states in Good to Great:

Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, the right people in the right seats and then figure out where to drive.”

Employing the right people requires a great strategy to recruit, screen, interview, orient and train new employees.  Read the Full Article →

Are Church Employees Eligible for Unemployment Benefits?

I was recently asked if church employees get unemployment benefits. It is an interesting question because a lot of people don’t realize that “ Churches and religious organizations are not liable for FUTA tax“.

I was recently asked if church employees get unemployment benefits.

It is an interesting question because a lot of people don’t realize that “ Churches and religious organizations are not liable for FUTA
tax“.

Let’s start by explaining what unemployment benefits are and who is eligible for them.

Unemployment benefits are available to workers who lose their job involuntarily because of reasons out of their control and meet basic state law eligibility requirements. Read the Full Article →

8 Questions to Consider Before Promoting that Employee to Supervisor

All too often managers identify a great performing employee and assume they would also be great at supervising others. While this may be the case for those employees who are interested in advancing up the ladder, it may not always be a good fit.

I was recently speaking to a friend who shared that he had been offered a promotion into a supervisory role but turned it down.  He went on to explain that he loved what he did as an IT programmer, and wasn’t interested in the management aspect of the job.

Money was not an incentive for him because enjoying his work was more important than money. Read the Full Article →

8 Tips for Being a Great Manager!

Being in a management position requires an aptitude for dealing with the many diverse aspects of interacting with employees and a great manager cares about the employee on a personal level as well as the employee’s ability to accomplish key responsibilities.

Anyone who has ever been in a management position, understands the challenges that come with managing employees.

Managers have the responsibility of helping employees develop job skills and holding employees accountable for completing job responsibilities.

Being in a management position requires an aptitude for dealing with the many diverse aspects of interacting with employees and a great manager cares about the employee on a personal level as well as the employee’s ability to accomplish key responsibilities. Read the Full Article →

2015 Average Salary Pay Increase Projections

According to SHRM, employees can expect a median base salary increase of 3.0% in 2015. World at Work Salary Budget Survey is also predicting salary budget increases of 3.0% for US employers.

The last couple of years have been financially challenging  for many churches because of the toll the recession has had on donations. This has unfortunately, resulted in salary freezes or minimal pay increases for church employees. These 2015 average salary pay increase projections will help you plan!

The good news is, church donations are on the upswing again and according to a Barna study, giving is up again. Read the Full Article →

Hiring Process for Church Employees

Managing church employees is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other setting. A church is only as strong as the people who do the work and weak employees can affect the customer experience and the ability to meet objectives.

Managing church employees is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other setting.  A church is only as strong as the people who do the work and weak employees can affect the customer experience and the ability to meet objectives.  Having a strong church staff requires:

Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, the right people in the right seats and then figure out where to drive.”  Jim Collins –  Good to Great

Getting the right people on the bus involves a great recruitment strategy that includes screening, interviewing, orientation and training.  Read the Full Article →

4 Tips For Handling Church Staff Problems

The funny thing about working on staff at a church is that most people have the perception that you sit around all day reading the bible and listening to praise and worship music. Anyone who has ever worked for a church knows how far that is from the truth.

The funny thing about working on staff at a church is that most people have the perception that you sit around all day reading the bible and listening to praise and worship music.  Anyone who has ever worked for a church knows how far that is from the truth.

In fact, I think most church employees would say their responsibilities are even greater because of the limited resources for paid employees and the dependency on volunteer labor.

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4 Employee Documentation Mistakes Managers Make

The whole point of documentation is to have the pertinent information available to justify performance appraisal scores or disciplinary action. It is important to focus on making notes on every employee conversation that involves performance or compliance with policies and procedures – both good and bad.

Managing church employees can be a very rewarding experience because influencing and participating in an employee’s professional development is just fun!

However, there are those difficult times when an employee just isn’t the right fit and needs to move on. These are very stressful times that result in lost sleep for the involved manager.

What adds to the difficulty is the sudden realization that the proper documentation of the months of issues is missing. Read the Full Article →