Firing

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Firing 2016-10-12T10:59:17+00:00

Sometimes a staff member just isn’t a good fit for a position, and sometimes the position needs to be eliminated. How do you let a person go and preserve their dignity? When do you give them two months notice, two weeks notice or immediately walk them to the door?

 

Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

August 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Podcast–David Fletcher on Next Generation Leaders

David was featured on the unSeminary podcast. He talked with Rich Birch about a system for training and releasing next generation leaders. If you don't know UnSeminary yet, dive into their website for rich information on [...]

Book Review: Necessary Endings

August 15th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: Necessary Endings

Necessary Endings is a “necessary” read for every church leader, regardless of denominational stripe. While the author and internationally renowned Dr. Henry Cloud intended this volume to promote personal and professional growth, it could have [...]

How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

One question I frequently receive when talking about recruiting and retaining church volunteers is what to do about a volunteer who isn't working out. In other words, how do you “fire” a volunteer? This is obviously [...]

My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

June 20th, 2015|Comments Off on My Top Ten Tips of Advice to a Church Walking Through a Scandal

Sadly, it appears church after church is having to respond to immoral actions of pastors falling from grace. It deeply grieves me and causes me to really hurt for those churches. Young Christians and seekers [...]

How to Deliver Bad News

November 24th, 2014|Comments Off on How to Deliver Bad News

We all love to deliver good news---a successful event, a budget overage, finishing a building project early and under budget, or a ministry initiative that exceeded expectations. But what do you do when you need [...]

The Termination Process

September 23rd, 2013|Comments Off on The Termination Process

Understanding that termination is a difficult process to execute, we as human beings never want to engage in those conversations. But before even approaching the process of termination, I looked through Scripture and found countless [...]

Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

May 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

The caliber of your church staff is crucial to the long-term health of your church. Honing your ability as a leader and your church staff's ability to operate as a high functioning team takes work, [...]

Staff Termination Exit Interview

January 13th, 2013|Comments Off on Staff Termination Exit Interview

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are Exit Interview Questions from Old North Church of Canfield, Ohio that they [...]

Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

December 27th, 2012|Comments Off on Good Fit or Poor Fit: How Can You Tell?

When Goldilocks visited the Three Bears’ house, she tried three different rocking chairs. Papa Bear’s was “too big,” she decided. Then Baby Bear’s broke into a dozen pieces under her weight. “Too small,” she declared [...]

The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on The Cost of Hiring Mistakes

In most churches, the ministry year begins September 1. Kids get promoted to new classrooms, youth programs have new plans and preachers begin a new series. Many people decide to find a church in September. [...]

Strengthening Your Staff

December 17th, 2012|Comments Off on Strengthening Your Staff

As an experienced executive pastor, and as the founder of XPastor, I often have people contact me with questions about ministry. One of the most frequent issues that church leaders bring to me is about [...]

The Chapel’s Budget Cuts—Cutting $750,000 in Staff

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Chapel’s Budget Cuts—Cutting $750,000 in Staff

Due to the failing economy and a decline in attendance numbers, The Chapel in Akron, Ohio needed to make budget cuts. They had to trim $760,000 from their staff budget … which meant laying off [...]

Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

One of the hardest experiences I have ever had as an executive pastor is coming to the reality that our church will have to lay off a staff member. The burden hurts beyond words. It [...]

How to Hold Difficult Conversations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hold Difficult Conversations

Holding a tough conversation is arguably a leader’s most difficult and draining responsibility. Many leaders dread these talks … and understandably so. But strange as it may seem, a tough conversation can be the most [...]

Senator Andrew Weiner and You: What to do With Fallen Employees

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Senator Andrew Weiner and You: What to do With Fallen Employees

You lay down in bed to read a bit before going to sleep when the phone rings. You freeze momentarily as your stomach tightens. A quick glance at the clock reminds you it’s after eleven. [...]

Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Self Through Painful Transitions

For the past two months, I have been coaching several XPs who have been asked to resign their positions. Transition is never easy and usually makes the honor roll for experiencing pain and suffering in [...]

Let’s Prune Some Ministries!

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Let’s Prune Some Ministries!

Executive Pastors get excited about the opportunity to flex their catalyst muscles to launch ministries in the church. But most tend to lose enthusiasm when it comes time to do some pruning. Ministries are living [...]

The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on The Crash: A Journey to Accepting a New Staff Position

On a family trip out west, my family and I were traveling home for Christmas. After four hours of traveling, we heard a loud noise outside the car. We were traveling at seventy miles per [...]