How to Organize Your Staff
Helping your staff to be successful.
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Successful church staff members possess the following three qualities: competence, godliness, and loyalty. Competence is the ability to do the job well. Godliness is a righteous life. Loyalty is what enables staff to relate as team members.
Staff organization is necessary to help ministers and employees within the local church remain competent, godly, and loyal. It should not bind them or burden the organization.
Peter Drucker, the father of modern church management, says that every soldier has one right: the right to competent command. In other words, if the leader expects competence from the staff, the staff has a right to a competent leader. Someone has to be in charge, and that person needs a clear picture of where the church is going and how to enable staff members to help get there.
Almost all church staffs are divided according to program and support people. Program staff includes pastors and others who plan and implement church ministries, such as worship services, Christian education, and pastoral care. Support staff enables the program staff to get their jobs done by providing secretarial, custodial, and other technical help.
An ongoing debate concerning the organization of program staff is whether to organize by age (children, youth, adults) or by function (music, evangelism, pastoral care, discipleship). On paper, it is a stretch to make everyone fit into one category or the other. In real life, it is impossible. The realistic solution is to allow some overlap.
Once the basic structure for staff organization is in place, three ingredients go a long way toward making it work:
Leith Anderson; Leadership Handbooks of Practical Theology, Volume 3, Leadership and Administration; Staff Organization; pp 180-181.Â Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Book House Company, copyright © 1994.
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