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Why your staff may hate working at your church

Facebook is usually looked at as a really great place to work.

But recently, current and former Facebook employees are giving reasons why things are not always as they seem.  In fact, working at Facebook may not be a dream come true after all.

As I read through the reasons… these immediately translated in my mind to church staff.  I’ve seen some of these personally in churches, and heard horror stories about others.  See if you can relate to why your staff (or the staff at the church down the street, if that makes you feel more comfortable) may really NOT like working at the church:

1.  There is not a truly functional infrastructure.

So many churches are run by either politics or by the seat of our pants.  This does not provide a sense of security or sensibility to our staff.

2.  People complain to me just because I’m on staff.

The door is broken.  I don’t like the music. Why are the sermons so long?  Why is so and so such a freak?  When are we going to update the children’s wing?

I don’t know… I’m the small groups pastor.

3.  The complete lack of focus on my team.

Most churches are a lot less focused than they let on during Sunday Services.  When leadership is not razor sharp in their focus, the staff can smell that instantly.

4.  Instructions were not clear, everything was a guessing game, and I was immediately set up to fail.

See #3.  I’ve seen this again and again in churches.  Again, leadership has to be on their game.

5.  The leaders imposing a ‘holier than thou’ attitude.

Yes… in some churches this is true.  Just stop it.

6.  We’re looking too hard at Google.

Some churches look too hard at the church that’s growing the most in their community (if it’s not them).  Concentrate on what God is doing at your house, not the one down the street.

7.  The drama.

Is there drama in your church workplace?  Is there good communication?  Are there divas?  Do people suddenly not have a job anymore?  Cut the drama.  It will kill your employees.

Read some more things here.

So… hows the work environment at YOUR church?


6 Responses to “ “Why your staff may hate working at your church”

  1. Chuck says:

    I believe those criticisms translate to our churches.

  2. SuSu says:

    For the most part, we are pretty healthy! Thankful for that!

  3. Matt says:

    Every. Single. One.
    I’m a web/graphic/video/photo/everything else designer at a church and we suffer from all of the above… The only effective change can come from the top down and it’s not going to happen.

  4. Nikki says:

    This is pretty much how it is at my church that I work at. I, as well as many people, are stretched way too thin on too of all this. I work long weeks, answer several dozen emails (mostly nasty) every day, and have only been complimented twice. I’m 16 & this Is my first job. Today my boss told me I was “unproductive” and lacked capability during my “encouragement” meeting. I’m so run dry. It’s a little unsettling but also a bit comforting to know that I am not alone in working at a dysfunctional church.

  5. Sheri says:

    I have been in the work force for many years. By far, the worst environment was working for my church. Nepotism was rampant. Responsibility without authority was the norm. Communication was rare. And the gender and age biases would never be tolerated in the secular world. I will never work where I worship again.

  6. Writer says:

    Oh how I can relate. Our pastor withholds any funding from church ministries, believing the offering is solely for him and his uses. He believes anyone volunteering should figure out how to finance their ministry department without asking the church to cover materials. He believes volunteers should pay for their own materials if they want to volunteer and lead a ministry. Every ministry in our church, from Sunday School and youth dept. to music has been orphaned and languishes while he takes vacations and squanders money to his liking. He’s crossed from unethical into illegal practices, cheating the government, denominational headquarters, and music publishers alike.

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