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.

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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2014 Average Salary Pay Increase Projections

by Patricia November 25, 2013
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The last couple of years have been financially challenging  for many churches because the recession has affected donations, and in some cases, forced budget cuts. This has 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, [...]

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New Church Staff Evaluation Book

by Patricia October 16, 2013
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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 [...]

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Church Job Descriptions – 7 Questions to Consider

by Patricia September 5, 2013
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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 [...]

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Do your employees like working for your church?

by Patricia August 14, 2013

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 [...]

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

by Patricia August 7, 2013
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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 [...]

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Church Employee Compensation Strategy

by Patricia July 30, 2013
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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 [...]

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Letting a Pastor Go – 6 Things to Consider

by Patricia January 15, 2013
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I was recently speaking to someone who was telling me a very sad story about how their church had to let a pastor go.  The church was experiencing some financial challenges that resulted in a decision to reduce expenses by terminating a pastor. My acquaintance shared with me that the pastor was notified of his [...]

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