August 26, 2011 Tony Morgan

6 Trends in Staffing

In a recent Church Executive article, William Vanderbloemen offered six trends he’s seeing in church staffing. They include:

  1. Spending more money on fewer people
  2. Hiring “coaches” who focus on leadership development
  3. Focusing on communications including social media
  4. Hiring from both inside and outside the organization
  5. Staffing for fundraising development
  6. Preparing for the future with a succession plan

William elaborates on all of these trends in the full article.

Which of these trends are you noticing in your experience? Are there any other trends you’d add to the list? Join the conversation by adding your comment.

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world. Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.
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Comments (4)

  1. We are certainly seeing the value of investing in and developing our existing staff. We still look to hire from within the church the vast majority of our appointments in the last few years have been people already in the church. It is an easier transition for them and the church as a whole as they have been serving in the church in some area for some time so are already known by the church. It does mean that we have to be deliberate to ensure staff get a wider experience of other churches and not just our local church. We also have appointed a number of part time staff, which does have its challenges, but one way of gaining specialist focus in various areas of the church.

  2. A trend I’ve noticed (and experienced)… Staff not being locked into a specific position, but being flexible to transition as a church transitions and grows.

  3. Spending less money on fewer staff members.

    Hiring volunteers to fill paid staff positions.

    Hiring young people at a cut rate and employing them for a short period of time.

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