Why You Should Consider Not Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff

Episode #258
September 9, 2016
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Podcast Episode #258

Reflecting on a post by Sam Rainer, we discuss the parameters of when office hours are needed—and not needed—for church staff.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Does your staff have a good work ethic? Do you trust them? Are they accountable?
  • At least a modest number of office hours is a good thing for church staff.
  • The world of ministry is not an 8-5 job.
  • Ministry does not happen on a set schedule.
  • Many pastors never feel like they are “off duty.”
  • A church staff is there to do ministry, not just to serve the pastor.
  • If I don’t trust someone on my leadership team, I don’t want them on my team.
  • Most church revitalizations come from churches who love their community enough to be in their community more and more.

The seven reasons for not requiring office hours that we discuss are:

  1. The church bubble is often the church building.
  2. Ministry does not happen on a set schedule.
  3. The pastor is selfish.
  4. People are more accessible because of technology.
  5. Trust.
  6. Fewer walk-ins.
  7. Creating a culture of going.

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