Every church is only as healthy as its leadership, and the healthier the church, the better the chances it will maintain sound financial management. Do you know how to assess the health of your leadership team? Do you have signs of trouble? Review these eight factors of healthy church leadership below and consider where your team is strong and where there may be weaknesses:
1. Strong chain of command
Employees should know to whom they should go for decision-making insights and to observe the church’s hierarchy. This can be reinforced by emphasizing the importance of department heads and their roles during staff meetings. Keep everyone well informed by communicating the chain of command consistently and updating staff on any changes. If someone tries to work outside this structure, they should be reminded of the proper channels and encouraged to follow through appropriately.
2. Open door policy
Your church should have a policy or process by which staff can appropriately express concerns. Do your employees readily share opinions through the forums available to them, and does management act on employees’ recommendations? These forums could include anonymous surveys, roundtables, and staff meetings. This allows for organizational growth because employees are the “boots on the ground” and therefore the best source for identifying improvements and making suggestions. When suggestions aren’t implemented, be sure to communicate the reasons why so that employees don’t get discouraged and stop providing input.