Pastors and lay leaders know that hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff are among the most challenging - and often most poorly handled - tasks facing congregations. Clergy leaders of multi-staff teams must play a dual role in order for their congregations to thrive. They need to be skilled with the tools of human resource management, while at the same time articulating a compelling vision for staff and the congregation. They must be visionary like Moses and detail-oriented like Aaron. Long-time Alban consultants Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont have combined the best of corporate human resource tools and applied them to a congregational context. This is a comprehensive resource for leaders who supervise, motivate, and coordinate staff teams. Both instruction manual and toolkit, this book provides guidance on hiring, job descriptions, delegation, supervision, performance evaluation, staff team design, staff meetings, difficult staff behavior, and personnel records. While written primarily for larger congregations, this is a book of resources for clergy leading staff. Any congregation with multiple staff members will find value in the principles and practices identified herein.
Reviewed by Sandra Herron