Why Staff Issues Are Among the Most Painful Church Issues

September 11, 2018
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Podcast Episode #466

Church staffing can be tricky in today’s churches. On this episode we discuss reasons church staffing issues can hurt a church and how to deal with them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Bad hiring is endemic in churches, and we end up with staff conflict as a result.
  • People who work in the church often gravitate to two extremes: being a workaholic or being a lazy bum.
  • Most church staff issues are the result of some staffers being a poor fit. Those issues tend to work themselves out because people will leave the staff, but not always.
  • Church personnel teams often don’t know about staff issues in the church because they don’t see the staff day to day.

The reasons staff issues can be such a problem are:

  1. Bad hiring practices
  2. Lack of accountability and poor work ethic among some staff
  3. Power groups formed around staff
  4. Inherited staff/pastor
  5. Personnel and similar groups that don’t have full awareness
  6. The Sunday-only personal versus the five-day-a-week persona
  7. Disloyal staff/pastor
  8. Leadership responsibility without authority

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