By Rick Ezell
Pastor, when a new staff hire arrives at the church office, you show the new staff person the office and church facility, complete the necessary paperwork for taxes, insurance, and retirement, and let them know about all the peculiar procedures of the new church. While this orientation is needed, the most important orientation may be missed.
Hiring staff is a lot like dating someone two or three times before marrying them. The dating stage of getting to know each other is done in the first few weeks and months the new staff person is on the field. Granted much of this will have been talked about in the interview process, but time spent orientating the new staff to your preferred style, values, and vision will avoid misunderstand and miscommunication and the potential for conflict later on.
Consider the following four suggestions as you set them up for success...
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!