It takes many hands to run a ministry and managing church employees can be every bit as challenging as managing people in any other business setting. This means it is extremely important to hire right – the first time. When it comes time to hire that new employee, take the necessary time to prepare to interview a job candidate. This simple step can mean the difference between hiring right or dealing with the fallout of a bad hire. Read the Full Article →
Churches that have the resources to hire employees strive to have engaged employees by providing a great place to work. One of the key indicators of engaged employee is competitive compensation. To keep salaries competitive, you will need to determine the annual average cost of living raise.
Churches use personnel committees to help determine appropriate and fair compensation for church staff. Read the Full Article →
Employees go to work with the intention of doing a good job. Knowing what the specifics of their job is helps them to do just that. Ministries create systems to help manage employees and the church 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 →
Being responsible for the oversight of a church congregation can be very challenging because of the tender balance between pastoring and pursuing a shared vision.
Church leaders are sometimes challenged with knowing when to operate in one of two roles – pastor or boss.
When asked how to respond to different management issues, I ask leaders the question – Is this a boss issue or a pastor issue? Read the Full Article →
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 termination by the staff accountant and had no conversations with the senior pastor (his boss) . Read the Full Article →
We can all agree that there are not enough hours in the day and often wonder how the day gets by without being able to accomplishing more.
Time management is a skill that is difficult to master but can be done with a little planning, focus and sometimes technology can help.
As church leaders and employees we know that our salary is paid through the tithes of others – making it even more important to manage the precious time that we have. Read the Full Article →
Churches are established to help people – and it takes people to do that work.
The challenge for churches is that the majority of the workforce is in the form of free labor.
These necessary laborers are what we refer to as volunteers.
Managing volunteer labor creates a dynamic that is unique to churches and the nonprofit world.
The term human resources represents the people who make up the workforce (paid or volunteer) of an organization. Read the Full Article →
Working for a ministry can be challenging because of the many hats church employees wear and the limited resources available to help fulfill the church mission. The good news is there are encouraging Bible verses for church leadership and those who are called into full-time ministry.
I pray that these scriptures are an encouragement to you today!
- I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
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. In this podcast he talks about how trust impacts a church culture.
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. Read the Full Article →
Congratulations! Your church is growing and now it is time to hire some help.
It’s easy to say “let’s hire someone” but there are many things that need to be done behind the scenes to make sure you are ready for your new employee.
You want your new hire to start off on the right foot so take some time to think through the details to help ensure a smooth transition. Read the Full Article →