Staffing When You Can't Afford to Staff

by Dan Hotchkiss. Congregational Consulting Group, June 2021.


This article considers practical ways to have “ volunteer staff” in your congregation.


practical ideas such as clear job descriptions; supervisors and roles; creative leadership and accountability

Recommended Audience

leaders seeking to increase capacity with a tight budget



Practical Applications

  • Consider options when you don't have the budget to hire paid staff.
  • Empower volunteers to be accountable for work in the congregation by reading ideas in this article.

About the Contributor

Kara Faris

Kara Faris is the Center’s director of resource grants and resource consulting, as well as a resource consultant to congregations. She previously served for eight years as the Center’s education director.

Before working at the Center, Kara served First Friends Meeting of Indianapolis as associate pastor. With a degree in marketing from Butler University’s College of Business Administration and a master of divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Kara brings a blend of pragmatism, intuition and passion for lifelong learning to the Center. Kara has authored Including Laity in Education Events Empowers Congregations and co-authored the book Divergent Church.

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