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Challenges Church Personnel Committees (or Similar Groups) Face – Rainer on Leadership #435

Released Friday, 25th May 2018
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Podcast Episode #435

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Personnel teams at churches have a difficult job because they’re often tasked with oversight of people they don’t see but a few times a week. Today we discuss some of the challenges they face.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • To accurately assess someone’s work performance, you need to have regular oversight of their work.

  • Pastors, make sure you’re in regular communication with your personnel team.

  • All personnel confrontations and decisions should be well documented.

  • Office hours are often the most misunderstood aspect of vocational ministry.

  • Vocational ministry doesn’t have an off switch.

The seven challenges we cover are:

  1. The biggest: not being there every day

  2. Listening to only one side of the story

  3. Being unduly influenced by power groups or individuals

  4. Showing favoritism to a staff person

  5. Failing to document their work and conversations

  6. Not fully understanding vocational ministry

  7. Not fully understanding compensation and benefit issues

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