Our Staff: Building Our Human Resources
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This item is part of Congregational LEADER Series
Release Date: Monday, September 23, 2002
Format: Paperback, 112 pages 7 x 9 inches
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
Brand: Congregational LEADER Series
Overview of this book
Please note that the many legal and liability issues of employment for which the congregation is responsible should be considered with the aid of qualified professionals, since state and federal laws change over time and may vary according to the size of your church staff. Although this book may help you to identify legal questions that need to be addressed in your congregation, obtain specific advice from local counsel for these issues.
The five chapters of this book focus on mission, ministry, service, discipleship, and leadership. Each chapter ends with a section that will allow you to "Think it out—check it out" and see where your congregation is on target. Reproducible tools that relate to the chapters appear in the back of the book. The following overview highlights the main topics in each chapter.
Chapter 1: Called to Mission
The mission of the church challenges us to participate in the gospel in a changing world.
The mission of the church
Understanding our culture
Staffing for mission in postmodern times
Chapter 2: Called to Ministry
Whether they are clergy or laity, called or hired, all are sent to minister alongside one another and the members of their congregations. This shared ministry requires planning.
Using fair and equitable personnel policies
Planning for shared ministry on your staff
Developing job descriptions
Remuneration and support
Withholding and tax requirements
Chapter 3: Called to Service
Just as the staff carries out responsibilities on behalf of the congregation, the congregation has responsibilities to carry out on behalf of the staff.
Calling or hiring
Employment and the workplace
Corrective action and dismissal
Changes in the staff team
Chapter 4: Called to Discipleship
Staff members are called to discipleship individually and as a team.
Loving one another
Growing in faith
Effectively using gifts
Called to discipleship together
Chapter 5: Called to Leadership
Staff members work with clergy and lay leaders in the congregation and serve as leaders themselves.
The head of staff
Staff leaders and volunteer leaders
This book is for pastors, congregation councils and presidents, committee members and chairs, and staff members. Using this book, pastors can consider needs for new staff members, ways to interact with an existing staff, and necessary safeguards for staff members. Your council can look at strategic planning for staffing, your congregation's organizational structure and where the staff fits in, and your legal and organizational responsibilities to staff members. Committee members and chairs can learn how to better work with the staff of a congregation through leadership development and a shared understanding of authority lines and clear boundaries. Staff members can use this book to challenge themselves to mission, ministry, service, discipleship, and leadership.
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