Developing Talent: Re-Imagining HR

At one time, Dee Ann Turner thought that she might work in full-time ministry for a church or mission agency; instead, she’s worked for the Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain for 25 years, most recently as Vice President of Talent. Umm, Chick-fil-A fast food? What’s that got to do with working for the church? And…

How to Create a Thriving Ministry Culture

Sarita Hartz has over 10 years of experience on the mission field and in the nonprofit sector. She founded her own nonprofit, got totally burned out, fell apart, spent three years working on her own healing and recovery, and now works at sharing what she’s learned to support other international workers and nonprofit organizations. “I finally…

Boundary Training that Moves Beyond Sexual-Misconduct Problems

In the context of Christian ministry, boundary training is often presented as training to prevent sexual misconduct. In my denomination for example, all new pastors take a Relationships with Integrity seminar, with a refresher course every six years. Given the seriousness of professional sexual misconduct and abuse, such training is essential. At the same time,…

7 Ways to Keep Sabbath When You Work on Sunday

Working for the church or other Christian organization often means working on Sundays. That might be most obvious for pastors responsible for Sunday morning worship, but that’s also the case for many others as well. Think of denominational staff and those involved in parachurch ministries who travel to speak at different churches on Sunday mornings.…

Humanizing Human Resources: Re-Imagining HR

“Anybody can put together a policy manual,” says Director of Staff Services Lee Scott. “What’s more important is knowing who your staff are, what they love, and what they need.” Lee Scott had no experience in human resources prior to being hired by the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). “I’m a farm kid from western PA,”…