Spivey says that many churches also have a track record of quick breakups… with staff turnover about every 18 months.
Tim says that “swifting” churches are characterized by two things usually:
1. They hire poorly
2. They have power issues
Tim adds: If you are looking for a place to serve, be very cautious in considering a church with high record of turnover. I know of a church that had three senior pastors in the same year. They also blamed each of those three for the transition based on “wanting a new direction.” They are right … they need a new direction. They can start by taking responsibility for either poor hiring or a quick trigger finger in personnel matters — or both.
Have you ever worked for a ‘swifting’ church? Or maybe your on the leadership team of one.
Stop it. It does the Kingdom no good.
If you’re a church… hire well.
If you’re a potential staff member, do your due diligence as well. Talk to a past staff member or two. (Ask permission of course). And ask about the work environment… who the current staff are… and how long they’ve been there.
… because once that break up happens, you probably are ‘never ever ever getting back together’.