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Is Your Church “Swifting” When it Comes to Staffing?

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...
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Get more accomplished at your next church staff meeting…

This invention from Coca Cola could really help the productivity of your next staff meeting. Heck… maybe you could get everyone to just leave them on for the day.  Just think of the type of ministry that could get done! Have fun…
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Don’t Miss the 2014 Large Church Salary, Staffing and Budget Survey

This week Leadership Network launched our “2014 Large Church Salary, Staffing and Budget Survey.” Our bold goal was to email someone in every large church (attendance 1,000 to 50,000+) across North American. The responses from this survey will allow us to report valuable information such as: - What’s the salary range for an executive pastor in a church of 7,000? - How do budgets compare for churches with attendances of 8,000-9,000? - What’s the staff-to-attender ratio in churches over 10,000? - What percent of budget goes to staffing costs in megachurches, and how does that change with size? -...
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Free Report: Staffing for Stewardship

Churches throughout the United States are not only taking the Bible’s teaching on stewardship and generosity more seriously, they are also developing creative new staff roles to help integrate the value of generosity into all aspects of congregational life. All have one thing in common—a renewed focus on generosity is creating blessings for those who give and receive. Leadership Network’s concept paper, Staffing for Stewardship: Innovative churches are exploring new pathways for incorporating stewardship, previously published by Alexis Wilson explores this important topic. Here are some great...
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Welcome to 2014. Time to think about your resignation letter.

Well… that’s not a great way to start off 2014, Todd… thinking about your resignation letter from your church! OK… I get your point. But maybe you should think about it today… the first day back to work in the new year. Whether you’re happy you’re where you are at, or you’re just putting in your time (we’ve both been both places!), there is some value in the exercise of thinking about what you might write in your resignation letter… it helps to to focus on what you’re thankful for today. I wrote a post about this subject over at my...
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51% of pastors got a raise last year. Did you?

A recent national survey of pastors and church staff shows that the majority of senior pastor respondents (51%) received salary increases “in the past year.” This is an increase of 11 percentage points compared to the previous study. Senior pastor average salaries are the highest they’ve been since Christianity Today started tracking compensation data. This year, average pay slightly surpasses rates earned in 2006, the next highest paid year. This survey, conducted and compiled by Christianity Today and reported on in the 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, is based on...
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How to hire pastors who perform like NFL stars…

Tony Parrish, All-Pro nine year NFL Veteran, talks about what makes former NFL players attractive as employees and how churches can learn to find pastors who will perform at a high level like and NFL player. What do YOU think? HT: I4J
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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....
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Would you hire someone at your church with a visible tattoo?

A few weeks ago, the HR Capitalist posted a blog called “The New Rules of Tattoos in the Marketplace“.  This was written for a secular blog, but I wondered what it would be like in the church. Here are the new rules, according to the HR Capitalist: 1. Single Tattoos are no longer taboo – you have the cross, the barbed wire, a pacrim symbol for something, whatever. 2. We only assign max creativity to people with large portions of their upper torso covered. 3. No tattoos is starting to come back in style as “interesting” within some segments of the population. 4. Some...
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When 100% isn’t enough

Is this how you hire your staff? The cartoon is by Josh Mecouch of Formal Sweatpants.
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