Human Resources Archives - Church Executive


On priorities and compassion in times of crisis: Craig Groeschel

No matter the crisis, whether COVID-19 or something more local to our community, our first priority must be how we minister to people. Having current and real information is key to making necessary decisions in the moment. Answer the question, based on what we know, what is right, now? Don’t let all the other energy […]

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Navigating difficult transitions with church staff — and creative alternatives for the future of your team

By Matt Mashburn & Melissa Mashburn We’re heading into a time where the future of staffing and team development will look very different. As church leaders, we will inevitably be facing some tough decisions around staffing in the near future. That might mean downsizing staff in some cases. We’ve outlined eight principles for navigating difficult […]

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Tech-Driven Church: a new hope

A new hope By Joel Guthrie In this series, we’ve talked about the past and about the current state of technology in the church. In this third and final installment, let’s talk about the future. I’ve worked with some of the world’s largest tech companies, and one thing is apparent: change is coming, and faster […]

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Criminal background checks — not a silver bullet!

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Given the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements and the ongoing media headlines, many church leaders have awakened to the risk of child sexual abuse and are seeking guidance about what to do. Others are taking this opportunity to evaluate existing safety efforts to measure preparedness. Typically, the criminal background check […]

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5 scenarios where it’s hard to set boundaries — but necessary

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders Working at a church naturally lends itself to murky boundaries. By design, there’s weekend work as well as certain activities that happen in the evenings. Due to the nature of this work, your likelihood of working — or feeling like you’re working—during every waking hour increases. But it doesn’t need to […]

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If you are late starting to save for retirement … consider these steps

By Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter, CFP® Everyone is familiar with the advice that most financial planners share about saving for retirement — the best time to start planning and saving for retirement is in your 20s. For any number of reasons, far too many people do not get started that early. Retirement can seem […]

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Intuitive. Proactive. Peaceful.

MATT KAUTZKY / DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES / BLACKHAWK CHURCH / MIDDLETON, WI  Spanning more than 130,000 square feet, Blackhawk Church transitioned from a (scraps of) paper-based facilities management system to an intuitive platform — all with zero downtime. The platform’s implementation has even fostered the pursuit of a guiding principle for the church: providing a […]

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Transitioning from one church leader to the next

There are so many churches in America that have a long, proud history. Some houses of worship have been attended by generations of the same family, as much a part of a community’s history as the ancestors of the people living in it. Like all members of a community, churches grow and evolve, with members […]

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Building a church directory team

By Donna Hammond So, you’ve been assigned the job of “directory administrator.” It can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. But, you don’t have to go it alone. To make this project fun and uniting — not isolating — organize a directory team. There are just a few […]

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Advancements in volunteer screening

Proven strategies to keep your people safe — from recognizing red flags to re-screening practices, cost considerations, and navigating potentially sensitive conversations Many churches fall victim to an “it-can’t-happen-here” mentality. In actuality, what makes churches especially prone to ill-intentioned volunteers? Norton: The nature and admirable traits of most clergy is one of compassion and trust. […]

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