Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Church Staff

Dear Pastors,
We deeply appreciate our staff here at Grace. They do amazing things to help this church fulfill our vision and mission. Call it the bricks of the foundation, the spokes in the wheel or whatever, many church pastors could not do what we do without a great church staff. Most churches cannot pay their staff a huge salary. That is the reality of most churches. So how can we show our overworked and underpaid staff that even though we cannot pay them what they are worth (teachers, nurses are also underpaid) we still think they are doing great work? Answer- treat them well. Now, that sounds like how we should always treat church staff. For goodness sake, we are a church right? Well, let me tell you, I hear lots of stories of churches working their staff the day before Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, the day before and after Christmas. I understand that in some instances parts of the staff are greatly needed on certain days. Without our music staff Christmas eve would be missing something. And of course, our buildings need to be cleaned as well. So I guess what I am saying is treat your staff how you would like to be treated. I know some pastors have been treated poorly in some situations, but that does not mean that your staff should suffer. When you begin to think about your staff and their family situations, please remember that they would like to enjoy the holidays too and just because they work at a church doesn't mean they should work right up to the last minute. Your church will be a much happier and healthier place if your staff knows you care and that they are valuable in fulfilling the mission and vision of your church. Go in peace and go with God.

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