Articles on Staffing

Whether you have a staff of 3, 30 or 300, your staff leads the way in growing the church in your community. Having the “right people on the bus, in the right seats” is important for the health of your staff and church. Are you treating your staff right and helping them grow in their abilities and spiritual walk?

Knowing the Health of Your Staff

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Knowing the Health of Your Staff

Few staff members feel they can be completely forthright with their superiors concerning “tough situations.” This puts church leadership in a jam. How can leaders know how staff are feeling about their pay, work [...]

How to Have Conversations about Church Salaries

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Have Conversations about Church Salaries

Conversations about salaries are difficult, but they seem to be even more difficult in the church. Veteran executive pastor David Fletcher has over 35 years of experience with these types of conversations. In this [...]

The Comprehensive List of Interview Questions for Church Staff

August 5th, 2019|Comments Off on The Comprehensive List of Interview Questions for Church Staff

Great interviews hinge on one key component: great questions. And most great and wise people are always on the lookout for good questions. Have you ever noticed how often the Bible says, “Jesus answered [...]

Questions for Reference Checks

May 15th, 2019|Comments Off on Questions for Reference Checks

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Hey Fletch … Are there any limits to the questions we can ask in a reference call? I ask because I used to work for a para-church organization and was involved [...]

Hiring Questions

May 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Hiring Questions

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Hey Fletch … I have a question about hiring a new staff member. I am the lead pastor at my church and have never been on this side of the hiring [...]

Sabbaticals

April 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Sabbaticals

Friday, April 5, 2019 Hey Fletch … After 60 years of our church’s history, 28 years on the pastoral staff, our leadership has granted a 12-week sabbatical for our Senior Pastor. We have the material [...]

Bullying and Harassment

March 26th, 2019|Comments Off on Bullying and Harassment

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Hey Fletch … An article on XPastor mentions a doctoral dissertation by Dr. Art Hunt, I Never Expected This Would Happen To Me. I would be very grateful if you [...]

Top 10 Questions Employers Wish They Had Asked

March 8th, 2019|Comments Off on Top 10 Questions Employers Wish They Had Asked

Everyone has regrets, but after a bad hire, those “should have asked” questions pile up quickly! While typically an employer thinks ahead of time what questions they want to ask someone in the interview [...]

Free Church Hiring Toolkit

March 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Free Church Hiring Toolkit

Tiffany Henning, the Chief People Person of HR Ministry Solutions, is making available to the XPastor community her Church Hiring Toolkit. This is an excellent 24 page resource. She says "Afraid of strings attached? [...]

45 Minute Meetings. Really???

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on 45 Minute Meetings. Really???

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Hey Fletch … I read the Hey Fletch column on February 12 about the 45 minute meetings. This just won’t work. How am I supposed to do an annual review in [...]

Free E-Book on Smart Succession

February 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Free E-Book on Smart Succession

Dave Travis has a great e-book on Smart Succession. This is available for a free download from this page. Dave successfully steered Leadership Network for many years and now is the Director of Strategic Counsel [...]

Staff Not Responding to Email

February 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Staff Not Responding to Email

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Hey Fletch … I send out emails to our staff and don’t get a response. What should I do? DRF—First, make sure that your emails ask for a response. Keep each [...]

Free Material for Chaplains

January 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Free Material for Chaplains

Friday, January 25, 2019 Hey Fletch … I have a list of free resources for hospital chaplains. Perhaps some of your readers would like this information. Are you interested in seeing the list? DRF—This is [...]

Issues with Assistant for a Blind Pastor

January 24th, 2019|Comments Off on Issues with Assistant for a Blind Pastor

Thursday, January 24, 2019 Hey Fletch … Our church is processing what I learned at the workshop on Smart Money for Church Salaries. We are trying to come to grips with part-time employees not being [...]

Compensation Ideas

January 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Compensation Ideas

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Hey Fletch … I need some help on compensation ideas for staff. Ideas? DRF—That is a huge topic! Here are two ideas for you. Check out the video of the [...]

Resume for a New Job

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Resume for a New Job

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 Hey Fletch … I am currently the executive pastor and will be transitioning away from this church at the end of this month. I wanted to share my resume with you [...]

Volunteer Hours for Emergency Relief

December 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Volunteer Hours for Emergency Relief

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m wondering if our non-exempt staff can put in extra hours during an emergency. Do they have to be paid for this? I found this online as it [...]

Not a Pastor, Can I Lead a Wedding?

December 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Not a Pastor, Can I Lead a Wedding?

Monday, December 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … What does the Bible say about who can perform a wedding? Are they any state or federal laws on it? I’m asking because I’ve been asked to do [...]

Two Jobs Pending

December 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Two Jobs Pending

Saturday, December 8, 2018 Hey Fletch … Believe it or not, there are two churches that have offered me jobs. One is still getting the offer letter together and I have the offer from the [...]

Is the Associate Pastor Title Still Used?

December 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Is the Associate Pastor Title Still Used?

Monday, December 3, 2018 Hey Fletch … At the SoCal Smart Money for Church Salaries workshop, I noticed that the title Associate Pastor did not come up. You mostly mentioned the titles of SP, [...]