Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup

1. Setting fair pay for church pastors and staffs. Setting compensation packages for pastors and staff is a bit like Goldilocks' experiences with seeking perfect porridge. Churches can't pay too much (too hot!), given the budget constraints they often face and the potential tax penalties on top of it. They also can't pay too little (too cold!) because of the financial burdens that low pay creates for pastors and staff (not to mention the burnout and turnover likely to result).

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2. Boundaries for providing help to your co-workers. "Most research shows that helping others makes us feel happy and energized. But the reality is that lending a hand to coworkers can often be exhausting, draining our cognitive and emotional resources and leaving us too tired and depleted to perform subsequent tasks. So how can you help colleagues while protecting your productivity? (G)ive yourself permission to put off the request for help. You may not want to refuse outright (though that's an option too) but you can agree to assist at a future and more opportune time for you after you've accomplished your own goals" ("Research: Yes, Being Helpful is Tiring," by Klodiana Lanaj, hbr.org).

3. Saving time through better organization. "According to a Wall Street Journal report, office workers waste an average of 40 percent of their workday. Not because they aren't intelligent, but because they were never taught organizing skills to cope with the increasing workloads and demands. … This week's tip is to focus on your organization in one specific area. Where do you feel that you waste the most time? I purposefully have started my mornings very early so that I can spend one to two hours a day before 8:30 a.m. to focus on the biggest tasks on my plate. … I know an executive that swears by time blocking with emails. He only checks email twice a day, and it is the only way he doesn't get sucked into the never-ending flow of messages" ("Get Organized," by FierceInc.com).

4. Notable quote. "A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." —Rosalynn Carter (via Kevin Kruse, Forbes.com).

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