The Ongoing Saga of Staff Conflict

Episode #244
July 22, 2016
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Podcast Episode #244


Staff conflict creates division in churches and leads to an unhealthy church. It’s something to deal with head on with wisdom and grace.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The pastor should play a major role in hiring new church staff.
  • Try to give inherited staff a chance when you come on as a new pastor.
  • There seems to be more church staff conflict today than there has been in the past.
  • When the congregation has conflict with one another, that fosters staff conflict as a result.
  • The purpose of church members and staff is to serve, not to be served.
  • Generational divides in the church go much deeper than worship style.
  • Because of looser accountability in churches, staff tend to drift toward either workaholism or laziness.
  • Sometimes we use grace to cover for and allow for bad work habits.
  • If you have conflict on your staff, you need to deal with it in order to become a healthy church.

The eight points of staff conflict we cover on the episode are:

  1. More likely to occur when leader does not choose own staff.
  2. Conflict seems to be happening more frequently.
  3. Resolution groups are not much help.
  4. Common issue: “old school vs. new school”
  5. Another reason: the lazy staff person.
  6. There is an unwillingness of many churches to address staff conflict adequately.
  7. Alternative plan: focus efforts outwardly
  8. Don’t kick the can.

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