Rogue Staff Members

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In this 5 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Shawn Lovejoy, Lead Pastor at Mountain Lake Community Church in Cumming, GA, talks about what to do when a staff member isn't working out. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role

Shawn gave 4 key things that we owe our team before we move or release them: 
  • Grace
  • Honesty
  • Proper placement in line with their gifts
  • Prayer

What do you think of that list? Is there something you'd add or take away? Why?
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Shawn said that no one who is struggling at work should be surprised by the conversation when you discuss their performance with them. How good are you at being honest with your staff on a daily basis? How do you evaluate performance? How do you give feedback?
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Shawn also challenged us to pray for our team more than we criticize them. Take a moment right now to pray for your team. Ask for God's wisdom as you determine their effectiveness and any changes you might need to make.

Shawn also outlined 7 steps when you have to release someone: 
  • 1. Don't procrastinate.  
  • 2. Go to them privately. 
  • 3. Affirm them.  
  • 4. Be honest with them.  
  • 5. Be generous. 
  • 6. Acknowledge your pain to them.
  • 7. Choose to please the right audience.

As you look over that list, which steps are easy for you? Which steps are difficult? Why?
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Shawn suggested that when you let someone go, you be generous and give them at least 3 months severance. What's your opinion on this issue? Why?
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In his conclusion, Shawn challenged us to be courageous and to do the right thing that will honor God. Often, letting a staff member go can have serious consequences. Take a moment to read Galatians 1:10. How can you please God in your staffing decisions and keep the needs of your ministry ahead of the needs of any particular individual?

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