Wisdom in Staff Adjustments

2012 The Nines Conference


In this 5-minute session, Shawn Lovejoy, founder and CEO of CourageToLead.com, talks about what pastors owe their staff, what pastors should consider before firing a staff member, and how to approach laying off a church employee. In addition to his current role with CourageToLead, he previously served as Founding and Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Georgia. 


Which of Shawn’s points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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Letting go of staff members is never a fun process. Use wisdom and discernment as you assess your team members. Extend grace to them, but also exercise honesty and boldness when something goes awry. Spend the next few minutes in prayer for your staff—especially those you’re considering laying off.  


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