Firing

Sometimes a staff member 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?

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Data on Health Benefits for Pastors

December 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Data on Health Benefits for Pastors

Saturday, December 1, 2018 Hey Fletch … I read your column from Monday, October 22, 2018 on “Poll of Church Health Insurance Benefits.” As you have looked into this, were you able to find [...]

Paid Time for Classes

November 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Paid Time for Classes

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … If a church requires its ministry staff to attend a course, such as a discipleship class, after hours, 3 hours a week for 12 weeks, is the church [...]

Smart Money for Church Salaries in 2019?

November 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Smart Money for Church Salaries in 2019?

Friday, November 9, 2018 Hey Fletch … I am new to being an XP and to the XPastor.org website. I’m so glad to have found it. I am very interested in the Smart Money for [...]

Not Reporting All Hours on a Time Card

October 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Not Reporting All Hours on a Time Card

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Hey Fletch … I hope your ongoing national workshop tour with Smart Money for Church Salaries is going well. I have a question for my church. We have a part-time [...]

Pastor Doing Outside Consulting Work

October 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Pastor Doing Outside Consulting Work

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … Do you have any articles that deal with pastors doing freelance work? This might be coaching or consulting that is outside of their formal church work. How does [...]

Hiring an African-American XP

October 6th, 2018|Comments Off on Hiring an African-American XP

Saturday, October 6, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m a Senior Pastor and we are looking for a proficient African-American XP. We don't know where to go to find good candidates. Can you help? DRF—It is [...]

Plan for a New Hire 

September 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Plan for a New Hire 

Monday, September 24, 2018 Hey Fletch … As a Senior Pastor of a new and growing church, I have a staff member leaving. The role is the 10 hour a week, director of the [...]

Questions for a First Interview

September 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Questions for a First Interview

Saturday, September 15, 2018 Hey Fletch … Hey I have a first interview for a position on Friday. Any tips? What kind of preparation should I do? What questions should I ask them? DRF—Before I [...]

Who is Exempt on the Church Staff?

September 8th, 2018|Comments Off on Who is Exempt on the Church Staff?

Saturday, September 8, 2018 Hey Fletch … I am confused about exempt and nonexempt employees. My understanding is that an employee paid an hourly rate is not exempt. Are there exceptions? I’m under the impression [...]

Reviewing the Senior Pastor

September 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on Reviewing the Senior Pastor

Monday, September 3, 2018 Hey Fletch … Can you point me to resources Boards may use for setting up a system to evaluate the Senior Pastor? DRF—The best place to start when considering a review [...]

Senior Pastor Just Resigned

August 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Senior Pastor Just Resigned

Thursday, August 30, 2018 Hey Fletch … I just resigned as Senior Pastor. Unfortunately the situation here has become unworkable. The most caring choice I can make is to move on to give a chance [...]

HR Functions in a Church Database

August 25th, 2018|Comments Off on HR Functions in a Church Database

Saturday, August 25, 2018 Hey Fletch … I have a guy who has asked about HR functions and their integration with software like Church Community Builder. Do you know of processes for reviews, strategic [...]

Need Help on Developing a Salary Matrix

August 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Need Help on Developing a Salary Matrix

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are developing a salary matrix where each tier of employment has ranges from low to max. I have been working on this, but wanted to know if [...]

HR Policies

August 14th, 2018|Comments Off on HR Policies

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Hey Fletch … Do you have toolbox of what are the most essential Human Resources policies to have? DRF—That’s a big question. Unfortunately, there are many policies that a church should [...]

Template for Job Descriptions

August 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Template for Job Descriptions

Monday, August 13, 2018 Hey Fletch … Do you have a resource or a template for writing job descriptions? DRF—In churches there are three types of job descriptions. They can all look fairly similar, but [...]

Pastor Buying a House in an Expensive Location

August 11th, 2018|Comments Off on Pastor Buying a House in an Expensive Location

Saturday, August 11, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m really looking forward to the Smart Money for Church Salaries workshop! Perhaps you’ll cover this there, but can you share insight into how churches in affluent areas [...]