Three Church Practices Every Ministry's HR Should Implement

Attorney Amy Parrish shares her advice to ministry leaders on the first steps in preparing a successful employee culture. 

1. First, review any available ministry or denominational procedures that are already in place concerning employees as a guide. Some examples include: bylaws, job descriptions, benefits and retirement and a dispute resolution policy. A due diligence is required for all staff and volunteers who work with children.

2. Create an employee handbook and follow it. Make sure all team members agree to follow this handbook and know who they can go to for questions. At a very minimum, have employees sign an ethical conduct policy addressing some of the following:

  • Confidentiality
  • Financial Integrity
  • Sexual Misconduct

3. Encourage employees toward teamwork and conduct periodic evaluations/performance reviews. We recommend, at a minimum, to check in with employees for weekly update/encouragement meetings and conduct yearly performance reviews.

This list does not cover all the steps needed when creating human resource policies. It is best to consult an attorney when implementing policies that affect you and your team.

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