Human Resources For the Church: Applying Corporate Practices In a Spiritual Setting

 
9781554523542: Human Resources For the Church: Applying Corporate Practices In a Spiritual Setting
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The management side of the recruitment, care, and development of church staff is not part of pastoral curriculum in most seminaries. Business leaders moving into church management as executive pastors are often lacking experience in dealing with Christian employees in a fully Christian setting. Human Resources For the Church fills in the blanks for both pastors and lay leaders, covering just about every aspect of managing people for the Kingdom. It provides local administrators -- senior pastors, executive pastors, directors, and others who have supervisory responsibilities in the church -- with practical advice on a complete spectrum of employee management. The author uses his extensive senior Human Resources experience in industry and government, his years of senior involvement in church management, as well as his love for, and belief in, the local church to address the employer-employee relationship between a church and its varied staff. He systematically deals with issues arising from the time a decision is made pursue additional staff resources right through to when an employment relationship ends. This is a must read book for anyone managing people in the Lord's work. The book's Contents: Section I: The Big Picture 1. Implementing Change in Your Church 2. Setting Direction Through Church Vision, Strategy and Action Plans 3. How to Communicate Your Vision and Next Year's Initiatives 4. How Your Leadership Style Impacts Your Church 5. Cultivate an "Open" Workplace 6. Build Godly Staff/Congregation Relationships 7. Resolving Issues Through Third Parties 8. From 20/80 to 100/100 9. What Congregations Need to Know About HR Matters Section II: Day-to-Day 10. Making the Case for HR Policies 11. Identifying the Need for Staff Resources 12. Examining the "Lean Staff" Phenomenon 13. Does Your Church Need an Executive Pastor? 14. Who Needs Jobs Descriptions? 15. Harry's Available! Should You Create a Job for Him? 16. Interviewing Potential Church Staff 17. Making the Right Staff Selections 18. The Special Case of the Pastoral Search 19. Will Succession Planning Work for You? 20. Compensating Your Church Staff 21. What About Employee Benefits? 22. Orienting Your New Staff 23. Developing and Retaining Your Staff 24. Performance Management 25. Motivating Staff to Excel 26. Dealing with Difficult Employees 27. The Many Sides of Absenteeism 28. How to End an Employment Relationship 29. Service Providers and Your Church 30. Hiring Temporary Help and Resources Section III: The Church Board 31. HR and Your Church Board 32. How to Manage a Micromanaging Board 33. Before You Dig, Build Your Building Committee Section IV: Meeting the Unique Needs of Your Staff 34. to 41. Your Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, Worship Leader, Seniors' Pastor, Executive Pastor, Maintenance & Building Supervisor, and Senior Office Administrator Section V: Personal Considerations 42. How to Improve Personal Effectiveness 43. A Pastor's Guide to Prioritizing 44. The Art of Delegating 45. Interruptions: Barriers to Effectiveness 46. How Not to Blow Your Budget 47. How to Handle Holiday Stress Q & A Section and Index. Leaders are called to lead people -- otherwise they could be called product managers or at best project managers. Christian leaders are called to lead five major categories of people: i. Themselves, employing self-discipline, being submissive to a higher power, and recognizing they too are under the authority of others such as a board, ii. Their families, in a God-prescribed manner, ii. Their staff, iv. Directly or indirectly, those who subscribe to, participate in, volunteer for, or benefit from, the various programs and ministries they oversee, and v. Through guidance and advice, their Board of Directors. To varying degrees, this book helps with all of these.

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Ken B. Godevenos, CHRP, CCP, is President of Accord Resolution Services Inc., a management and church consulting firm headquartered in Toronto. He has a B.A., B.Ed., and MBA from the University of Toronto. Following careers in the public and private sectors with large utility, government and communications corporations, undertaking various senior roles in Human Resources management, Godevenos currently consults clients, including church and charitable organizations, in all aspects of Human Resources and Strategic Planning. He has served as president, executive member, and/or board member of associations and local churches. An active church lay leader, Godevenos is also: President of SCA International working with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples for the Kingdom; senior faculty member of WorldatWork, a global Human Resources training association; regular conference speaker that takes him to various parts of the world, most recently Africa. He and his wife Chrysogon reside in Toronto, have three married children, and five grandchildren. One church leader says of Godevenos' work, ". . . I was impressed with the thoroughness." Another says, "I really enjoy your material. Thank you for sharing your insight."

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"I enjoy your material very much . . . extremely helpful for us as our parish continues to grow and evolve." --C.F., Trustee, St. Paul's Lutheran Church & School, Eastport, New York

"I have visited (your) website and have read your articles. They were fantastic! HR is so important in every organization, and it is too bad that it gets overlooked so often by churches." --E.A., church worker, St. Catherines, Ontario

"I'm an attorney. Our firm does management-side labor and employment law . . . I would like to use your material . . . I think you've done an excellent job of addressing the (issues)." --D.S.C., P.C., Omaha, Nebraska

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