Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Staffing

This has been a crazy year, especially when it comes to leading and managing staff changes.

Very few churches have a staff that looks the same today as it did early in March of 2020. How are you feeling about your team?

Remember, every time you change just one staff member; you change your culture unless you place intentional effort into cultivating and sustaining the culture you want.

Redesigning staff structure when you weren’t planning on it has brought both positive and negative outcomes in many churches.

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Stress is high these days.

You and your team may not have experienced one major thing in particular. Still, the cumulative effect of many small and unfamiliar stresses over a sustained period of time may be very real for you.

Or you may have experienced one or two significant problems, disappointments, or setbacks that sent your stress levels through the roof.

Either way, it’s very clear that stress is high these days and that impacts the morale of your team.

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A little poison goes a long way.

The leaders on your team may be gifted and high capacity people, but no amount of talent can prevent teamwork toxin 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?!” 

I never delight in someone being released from a team, but yes, without a change, I would let them go. I’m not willing to pay anyone for a lousy attitude. That kind of attitude is available for free.

(This principle is not limited to paid staff.)

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Hiring a staff member can be stressful.

It’s a big decision, and you never know for certain how it will work out.

Smart leaders will do everything possible to make a wise choice when hiring, not the fast choice.

When it comes to hiring, fast seems expedient, but more often than not, it’s expensive in the end.

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