Six of the Most Common Reasons for Church Staff Conflict

February 23, 2018
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Podcast Episode #409

Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. But there are things you can avoid that can help limit the conflict. Today, we cover six causes of conflict and how to overcome them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Always ask ministry philosophy questions when interviewing with a church.
  • Low work ethic is a common cause of resentment from other staff.
  • Never hire a friend if you’re not willing to fire that friend.
  • When hiring, look for character, chemistry, and competency.
  • Extensive interview processes will help you better determine if a candidate is a good fit for the workplace.

The six common causes of staff conflict we cover are:

  1. Lack of alignment
  2. Resentment toward inherited staff
  3. Resentment toward lack of work ethic
  4. Hiring friends
  5. Tribalism
  6. Failure to connect personally

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