Podcast Episode #277
Healthy churches have healthy church staffs, but unresolved staff conflict can harm a church staff and keep a church from realizing her full potential. Today, we discuss how to handle 12 causes of staff conflict.
Some highlights from today’s episode include:
- I have seen too many pastors go into a church and get eaten alive because they had no relational skills.
- Focus on how you can be the best leader with the staff you have been given.
- A pastor should have a major role in selecting incoming church staff.
- Chemistry is often bad when someone is in the wrong role for his/her skill set.
- Regular staff meetings are needed to check the ministry alignment of the church.
- Make certain your church staff is philosophically aligned and that action reflect that alignment.
- Staff should be held accountable for their work ethic.
- I would like to see churches be more consistent in showing appreciation to their pastor and staff.
The 12 reasons for staff conflict which we discuss are:
- Many church staff persons are woefully trained in leadership and relational skills.
- Often the church staff involved did not have a role in selecting their team.
- The chemistry among the staff is bad.
- The priorities among the staff are not aligned.
- There is jealousy and insecurity.
- There is clear insubordination.
- Church staff have formed unhealthy alliances.
- Communication is poor.
- There are work ethic divergences.
- The staff spend time pointing blame at each other.
- Solutions are frustrated or thwarted.
- There is a consistent lack of appreciation.
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