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Thom Rainer had a great post this week on why people get fired.  Take heed… one of these could be your downfall (and soon): 1.  Failure to keep current in your field // I quite frankly don’t see this that much in the church world.  Most people are at least interested enough in their ministry area to keep connected and current.  But if you don’t, you’ll get passed (and possibly fired) quickly 2.  Poor relational skills // This on the other hand, I’ve seen quite often.  Many church staffs as a whole don’t communicate well together, and sometimes you’ll have one person that is just really bad at communicating.  Fight the temptation to shut your office door all the time.  Work hard at communication. 3.  Moral failure // If you’re a baker or a garbage truck driver and you cheat on your wife, you probably won’t lose your job.  If you’re a pastor, you most certainly will.  I’m constantly amazed at the number of pastors who not only sacrifice their families but their careers for 20 seconds of pleasure 4.  Failure to carry out assignments // If you don’t get your work done, termination will (and should) be close. 5.  Failure to take initiative // This is touchy and different in every situation.  But as a staff member, you need to take initiative.  I’m not sure that all that many people are fired for not stepping out and doing more… but it’s like we’ve always told our kids:  “Initiative is the highest form of obedience”. 6.  Negative talk // So easy to do in a church setting.  Let’s face it… there’s always something to complain about… and plenty of willing ears to listen.  But that negative talk comes a cost… usually the person you report to.  And it can and may get you fired. 7. Laziness // I’ve seen a few of these in my day as well.  If you’re lazy, you simply need to move on. 8.  Attitude of entitlement // I’ve seen this firsthand as well.  It will cost your your job.  Employers (and the church is no exception) love to reward and give freely.  But when they’re asked or expected, it’s another story.  It will get you fired. 9.  Failure to demonstrate productivity // This goes hand in hand with #7. 10.  Self-centered attitude. // You have to work as a team.  This is especially valuable in church work.  Sometimes I see this and #2 combined in an individual, but not always.  If you’re always thinking about yourself, you may find that you soon have much more time on your hands to think about yourself (and how you’re going to make a living now that you’ve been fired). What areas do you struggle with? And for those of you who’ve had to fire staff recently…  was it because of one of these things, or something differently? I’d love to hear your input… You can read more of Thom’s thoughts here… Todd

Agree or Disagree?
“The mature worshiper is easily edified.” When hearing lackluster (even if biblical) preaching, immatureworshipers will typically not listen to the message because they wish the messenger was more exciting. Conversely, mature worshipers eagerly receive the truth as it is proclaimed, even if it sounds like the preacher is reading a phone book.
Found here… Agree or disagree? If I got up and read from Lamentations like Ben Stine for 50 minutes, is it right for me to think that you should be edified? I certainly hope not. (OK… hearing Ben Stine read Lamentations could actually be interesting). And if you agree with the quote… why is all the burden on the worshipper?  I could be really into Jesus and worship, but if you’re reading from a phonebook, my mind is bound to wander. How immature is THAT?

Are you happy in your church job?  Well… a new study says that if you fake your happiness when you’re at work, it can actually make things much worse. According to, few people consider being 100 percent honest when asked how it’s going at work. But overcompensating on a bad day can not only make your secretly bad mood worse, it can hurt your task focus. Here’s the scoop… essentially, people who smile and act happy when they are having a bad day are actually more withdrawn from their work than people that are honest about their day.  And… it’s worse for women than for men, according to the study. According to the article, those who created smiles by thinking positive thoughts, or engaged in “deep acting,” seemed to actually cheer up, and their work output increased. So, I guess attitude has a lot to do with it. How do you act when you’re having a bad day?  Or when you hate your job?  Do you cop the fake smile, or actually think positive thoughts that help you stay engaged in the actual work you have to do. Seems like a fine line to me many times… but it could be important in how much work you really get done… even on a bad time or during a bad season. via Faking Happiness Can Make Your Bad Mood Worse. Your thoughts?