Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Staffing

I will admit that I’m leery to write this article.

Writing about a subject that is so very subjective and far more art than science, in a bullets and numbered lists format, makes me nervous. But I’m trusting that you will grant me grace by adding the heart and nuances of story from your own situation.

The bottom line is that you can’t coach anyone who doesn’t want to be coached.

You can pray, encourage and challenge, but when it comes to attitude, the ball is in their court.

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When a staff member makes the choice to resign, it can feel like a defeat of some kind, like something broke or a mistake was made. But sometimes transitions are a normal part of staff life.

Some transitions are very difficult. The kind when you need to “fire” someone, but those situations are rare and usually represent one of three things.

  1. You didn’t have the honest and tough conversations.
  2. One or more people were not willing to change.
  3. You waited too long to make corrections.

If we set the more extreme cases aside, we can see that transitions on your staff, while not necessarily routine, can be part of a healthy environment. This perspective is far better than keeping a staff member when it’s not working, just because no one is willing to be honest and make the tough decision.

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Nothing hurts the progress of your church more than a staff member sliding into an unhealthy disposition. The greater the influence this person has, the greater the potential for negative impact.

It’s easy for an outsider to armchair quarterback on Monday morning saying, “Yup, I saw that coming.” But the truth is, those of us in the heat of the game don’t always see it coming. If we did, we’d do something about it!

We always hire the best and brightest we can find. No one intentionally picks a loser, right? No one selects a non-contributor with a poor attitude. So what happens? What changes?

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The leaders on your team may be gifted and high capacity people, but no amount of talent can prevent teamwork poison from taking its toll. I’ve been asked many times, “Would you really let someone go for a bad attitude?” My response is always the same, “Would you really pay someone for a bad attitude?!”  Yes I would let them go. I’m not willing to pay anyone for a lousy attitude, I can get that for free!

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