When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Church Congregations
By Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont (Alban Institute)
Laypeople serving on personnel committees need this book. Pastors need this book. Church business administrators whose seminary education failed to teach them the basics of human resource management need this book. Even seasoned church administrators who have MBAs and who have achieved certification in leadership status in the National Association of of Church Business Administration need this book—at least to share with their churches' pastoral teams and personnel committee members.
Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont provide the best resource I have encountered to teach “Human Resources 101 for Churches.” While this subtitle points to its focus on large churches, most of the book will be useful in small churches as well.
Three beginning chapters demonstrate the rationale for churches utilizing established personnel practices.
However, the focus of the book is on practical, how-to steps for implementing the practices. Each focused chapter shares sound models, templates and samples. These are illustrated with frequent, interesting case studies of common scenarios in churches.
Topics include job descriptions, hiring practices, performance evaluations, organizational charts, staff meetings, disciplinary procedures, termination practices and employment files.
The authors even include counsel on how to discuss difficult employment issues with the congregation.
This book offers an immediate resource for most personnel issues that arise in churches. Indeed, I plan to keep this book at the ready and refer to it often.
Review by Karl Fickling, coordinator Intentional Interim Ministry
Baptist General Convention of Texas, Dallas
Reprinted from the August 18, 2008 edition of Baptist Standard
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