Churches with Great DNA…Are GREAT churches!
Churches with poor, or misaligned DNA are struggling churches. The DNA of a church begins and ends with leadership. And the leadership within your church is composed of a Pastor or pastors, staff, or volunteer staff and volunteers. How those leaders act, feel and serve will mold your churches DNA and ultimately its future. So…if you’re a pastor or a key leader, and have input in process and systems. Listen carefully….
Take great care of the Staff!
Here are seven habits that will tear up a staff, and misaligned your DNA for the future…
1- Making rules just for the “Trouble Makers”
Most church staff work hard, are very dedicated and take their calling seriously. However, you may encounter a bad hire, or a troubled staff person and they kinda go off course.
The first temptation is…establish a rule that prohibits the found action. Wrong! That makes the other staff feel penalized and judged.
Make rules for the majority of your staff, deal with the others 1-1.
2- Playing big brother with time
Flexibility = Increased productivity and satisfaction. Don’t be the big brother. Don’t put in a time clock. Let your leaders and staff lead! If you see someone take advantage of the flexible time system…Go back to #1
3- Participating, or allowing slander
This should be a no-brainer, but I see it toooo often. Leaders participating or allowing gossip and slander to enter conversations. Allowing gossip, even a little, is like a little cyanide. It still kills!
4- Not giving the tools needed
They’re aren’t many things more discouraging to a staff person who is ready to work and get down and do some serious Kingdom business, than not having what they need to get it done. I’m not talking about bottomless budgets, or grand bands, but… basic technology, space, resources, volunteers and support.
We can’t give someone a ball, that has no air, and expect them to play and win with it!
5- Not communicating the vision
You have to communicate that same vision, passion and direction to your key leaders and staff, in their context. Whenever a vision is communicated the first question is “What does this mean to me?” So, you need to really know your leaders, the things they value and fear.
Communicate to them where they are. Then and only then will they be able to catch the vision.
6- Demanding deadlines
Poor planning on your part does not necessitate an emergency on the part of others. Now, we all know those occasions do arise, and a good staff will rise to the challenge. But don’t put undue pressure and hard deadlines on people on a constant basis, it will burn them out!
7- Not recognizing their accomplishments
It’s not about you, the leader. Those God has put around you are the ones that really make it happen, so, give the kudos to those. I don’t remember who said it, but I like what they said…
As a leader, “Take all the blame for a mistake, but none of the glory for a victory.”
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