Church Staffing

Build Your Dream Team

Day 21: What to Do Before Firing a Team Member


By: Brian Howard


Does someone on your team need to go? Are you sure?

There is a time when you need to let go of a person on your team.

You may need to release a person from your team because of character, competence, or chemistry.

BUT, before you let any person from your team, you MUST make sure that you have made expectations clear. You are making a mistake to let a person go when you have not carefully considered whether or not you have made expectations explicitly clear.

You can’t hold a person accountable for something that has not been communicated thoroughly well. Many churches have no clear job descriptions, and expectations are fuzzy around what people on the team are even supposed to be doing. A person has a right to know what is expected of them, whether they are succeeding or failing, and what a win looks like in their role. It is unfair to let a person go when YOU have failed to clarify expectations.

Unclear expectations are YOUR fault, not theirs.

If you think someone on your team needs to go, this is the first question to ask.

ALSO, The best way to ensure that you don’t have to let a person on your team go is to hire the right person to begin with. We started Context Staffing to help you find the right leader, and we can help you be sure with your next team hire. We specialize in finding leaders for churches. Our team spends hundreds of hours searching, recruiting, and vetting potential leaders for your church so that you can confidently build your dream team.

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