8 Tips for Being a Great Manager!


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

mercer report

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.

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

David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, put the findings in context. 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.  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.

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 Manager Make

documentation mistakes

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 →

Example Training Evaluation Form

Sample training evaluation

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 development.

Church employees have different training needs and should be oriented on things like policies and procedures, customer service skills and church computer software. Read the Full Article →

Firing Church Staff – 4 Things to Consider


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 the employee  and their extended family happen to be church members.

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5 Ways to Support to an Employee Who Leaves Employment


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 also believe that if you are faithful with the season you are in, you will be prepared for the next season God has in store for you. Read the Full Article →

Example of Team Leader Skills and Responsibilities

team leaders skills

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 have a direct influence on a team’s ability to accomplish goals. Read the Full Article →

Sample Church Employee Job Description

job description

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 church is tied to helping other people in times of need.

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