Church Personnel Management

Managing a church staff requires an understanding of what it takes to manage, motivate, develop and reward employees. Performance management is how objectives are met and investing in the professional development of employees ensures attracting and retaining the best and brightest. This section offers articles on the human resource aspect of church management including job descriptions, performance appraisals and tips for managing church employees.

4 Tips For Handling Church Staff Problems

by Patricia September 16, 2014
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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 […]

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4 Employee Documentation Mistakes Manager Make

by Patricia July 24, 2014
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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 […]

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Example Training Evaluation Form

by Patricia July 17, 2014
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Churches that value quality and excellence, understand the importance of training its members, volunteers and employees. Each of these groups of people has different training needs. Church congregants may be required to attend a church membership class or participate in spiritual enrichment classes. Volunteers may be trained on membership, volunteer orientation and volunteer job specific skill […]

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Firing Church Staff – 4 Things to Consider

by Patricia June 18, 2014
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One of the most difficult aspects of managing church employees is the inevitable reality that there will come a time when an employee needs to be terminated. As Christians, we should be even more sensitive to how losing a job can impact an employee and their family. This is coupled with the political fallout if […]

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5 Ways to Support to an Employee Who Leaves Employment

by Patricia June 11, 2014
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When we hire employees, we like to think that they will stay with the church for decades. The reality is most people don’t stay with one job that long. I believe that there are many seasons in someone’s professional life and some people experience long seasons in a job but others have shorter seasons. I […]

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Example of Team Leader Skills and Responsibilities

by Patricia June 3, 2014
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Many organizations use internal work teams to plan, organize and achieve strategic business goals. These teams are how work gets done and are an important part of the formula for success. Most teams have a designated leader who helps facilitate the team process. The team leader is a very important role in a team environment, and successful team leaders […]

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Sample Church Employee Job Description

by Patricia May 21, 2014
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Church employees often wear many hats and juggle countless responsibilities. Creating church staff  job descriptions is one way to help keep employees focused on the most important tasks that support global ministry goals and objectives. Working for a church is very different than working for a business in that much of what gets done in […]

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Employee Wellness – Are You Paying Attention?

by Patricia February 19, 2014
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Health care has changed drastically over the last couple of decades.  It used to be that healthcare’s mission was to help people get well after they encountered an illness or injury.   That focus is much different today and has shifted to wellness education and prevention. I worked in the healthcare industry for years, and […]

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Do Your Employees Call in Sick, When They’re Not?

by Patricia February 12, 2014
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A recent World-at Work article, reported an increase in the number of incidents of employees who go to work when they don’t feel good, but turn around and call in sick when they feel well.     According to this article, 32% of workers who called in sick were not sick at all. This number is […]

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Employee Self Appraisal

by Patricia January 2, 2014
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Employee self appraisals can serve as a very powerful tool for managers.  If done correctly, this tool can reveal employee perceptions of the workplace, how it is managed and things that could be done to improve the worker experience. As managers, it is important to solicit this kind of feedback and be open to learn from […]

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