Tuesday, March 15, 2011

When Layoffs Loom

Letting church staff go safely, legally—and with grace.

By John R. Throop

The local church may be a community of faith, but it is also a local employer. Like all employers, churches hire people to fill staff positions. They also face the tough, and sometimes risky, decisions to lay off people.

More congregations than ever in recent memory face difficult decisions involving downsizing. A fall-off in stewardship and severe declines in investment fund values because of the sharp drop in the stock market this past year have taken tolls on many churches.

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Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!

Pat