Making the Church a Wonderful Place to Work

What if you could create the perfect work atmostphere at your church?  One that made your staff really happy and really successful?  An atmosphere that promoted teamwork, taking risk, and enabling leadership?  What if…? I think much of what your staff thinks about you (personally) and your church (corporately), they’ll learn in the first few months.  It’s important for the senior leader to set the tone and make a great first impression.  In fact, if you don’t get off to a great start in the first few months, the chances of having a well-rounded, long-term staff member are...
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Title vs. Influence

Tony Myles writes:  I once worked in a job where I feared for my job… everyday. And I wasn’t alone. It wasn’t because of the economy, and it wasn’t because we were all bad employees. It was because our boss was insecure and came across like a lion to everyone. He was someone who only cared about the idea of success than in creating the environment for it. I’ve been in the exact opposite situation, though. I’ve served in church staff teams where we were so inspired by the character and direction of our main leader that we climbed over ourselves to be a part of what...
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What are ‘rapidly growing churches’ talking about?

My colleague Tim Nations, who is heading up Leadership Network’s “Rapid Growth Churches” Leadership Community shares some insights from the fourth group of quickly growing churches that convened recently in Dallas. Here are the concerns these churches are talking about.  Tim writes: Each church came into the room with a unique set of questions, challenges, and opportunities.  However, the following three shared issues emerged that teams spent time working on together: Staffing and StructureEvery team realized that staffing and structure were key issues to ongoing, sustainable...
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How to get your people to do extraordinary things…

David Kelly, the founder if IDEO has this to say about motivating those you work with: “If you want the people you work with to do extraordinary things, you really have to understand what they value. I’m trying to get people to remain confident in their creative ability. In order for them to have that kind of creativity, you have to be very transparent. Understand them and involve them in the decisions being made…The worst thing you can do to a creative person is have commands come down from the top so they don’t see their role and don’t see the trade...
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Reasons Churches Won’t Hire You

Consultant Charlie Balmer shares over at LifeHacker the reasons that he doesn’t hire people when they come in for an interview.  Charlie writes: When you first walk in to my office, I am expecting you to be one of the 99%+ people who I know I won’t hire in the first 5 minutes. I am hoping I will be proven wrong, because I really want to hire you and be done interviewing. Unfortunately, most people looking for jobs don’t deserve them. Here are some of the reasons: 1.  You send me a stupidly long resume 2.  You can’t tell me why you like your current job 3.  You have no career...
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When Raises Aren’t Possible

The economy is still in a hard place; and so are some churches.  So what do you do when you have valuable staff, but you’re not able to show your appreciation with a raise in salary? Liz Ryan has worked in corporate HR for over 20 years.  Recently, Matt Branaugh from Managing Your Church sat down with her and asked: What is one immediate thing many churches can do to reward staff, absent of a pay raise or a new health benefit, but might overlook? Here is her response: “We tend to think of churches or nonprofit organizations and assume they have a special burden because they don’t...
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Worship Leader Openings

Here are two brand new Worship Leader ministry openings added yesterday at ChurchJobs.tv: JOB OPENINGS Worship Arts Pastor River City Church / Missoula, Montana River City Church is one of the newest churches in Missoula, MT. Missoula (pop. 100,000) is nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of western Montana and is the home of the University of Montana, and has a growing population of college students and young families. River City Church is currently adding to its core team in preparation for a relaunch in 2012. We are looking for motivated individuals to join us in reaching Missoula in a...
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Staff Spouses: What should we expect?

Nelson Searcy gives his perspective on staff spouses: The key to avoiding issues with spouses (like so much else on a church staff) is 100% crystal clear communication from the beginning. In other words, no matter what you expect from the spouses of your staff, they need to know that before they’re hired. Read more here… What is your church’s policy on staff...
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Paula White Causes Protest

Some members of an Orlando area mega-church spent their Christmas protesting the possible appointment of a new pastor. Churchgoers at New Destiny Christian Center are concerned over the possibility of Paula White replacing the church’s late pastor, Zachary Tims. Last week, the group passed around petitions and asked board members to resign. They claim the church’s board has ulterior motives. The petitioners said Tims’ ex-wife, Riva Tims, should be the pastor. “The majority of the congregation does not want Paula White. We want our mother back, and our mother is pastor Riva...
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Our Staff Rarely Leave

Kevin East thinks that employees will, of course, come and go… but when they leave your church or organization, it’s much better that they be ‘launched’ than ‘leave’.  Here is how Kevin suggests you put yourself in the position to properly ‘launch employees’ when the time is right…          
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