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 →
Feedback is an important key to learning. And, managers learn from employees who can be honest about the work environment.
One way to learn this valuable information is by simply asking the question.
Many organizations use employee self appraisals as a tool to gather feedback information for managers.
While a little scary to administer, this tool can reveal employee perceptions about the workplace, how it is managed and provide suggestions that could be used to improve the worker experience. 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 →
Change. This six letter word can either create panic or elicit excitement. And both responses depend on how the change is presented, communicated and validated. Change in the church can be a difficult thing to sell.
Members get comfortable, employees settle into routine and leadership often settles for the status quo.
However, change is necessary for a church that is growing, thriving and making a difference in its community. 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 →
Any organization that provides health care as an employee benefit has felt the sting of rising health care costs.
Depending on the size of the organization, and the census of employees, those annual increases can be very high.
In 2016, the average annual premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance were a staggering $6,435 for single coverage and $18,142 for family coverage.
And, in 2017 it is projected that employer premiums will increase an average of 6% more to insure their employees. Read the Full Article →
Most of us have gone to work when we didn’t feel good. But what do you do when employees call in sick when they aren’t?.
A CareerBuilder survey found that 35% of workers who called in sick were not sick at all.
The reason for this varies, but many employees call in sick because they simply don’t feel like going to work or they have personal business to attend to. Read the Full Article →