Psalms 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Ephesians 4:3, “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Over the years, I have had the privilege of serving on staff when another new staff member was hired. While serving as an evangelist and pastor, I have hired staff members. How should we, as a staff member, view and treat a new staff member who has recently been hired?
- Realize that the Pastor is the only one who has the power to hire and fire a staff member.
- Realize as the church continues to grow, so will the hiring of new staff.
- Realize the Pastor will only hire someone that he believes God is leading him to hire to fulfill a need or needs in the ministry.
- Realize that before Pastor hires a staff person, he will research the person, their abilities, people skills, and personality to see if they would be a fit.
- Before a person is hired, each person is given a job description and is expected to operate within the stated guidelines.
- Remember a staff person is hired as an extension of the Pastor. This means they are to accomplish his agenda, not anyone else’s. Everything they do represents the Pastor.
- Do not feel threatened. Keep a team spirit and work together in harmony. Everyone serving on staff is important. As we learn to work together, we will always accomplish more.
- Treat each new staff member with respect and give them grace, as they will have an adjusting time.
- As a staff member, recognize and praise the efforts of the new team member.
- Create an atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone who has been asked to serve. Do things to make them feel welcome and a part of the family. Text them, call them, and write them notes of appreciation.
- If a new staff person has a family, also work hard at making their family feel welcomed and loved. Think of individual ways to make this happen, such as remembering their birthdays and anniversaries.
- Learn to accept their personality, realizing God made us all differently.
- If you are moved from your area of service to make room for a new team member, do not take offense. Realize this does not mean you are doing a bad job. It just means Pastor needs your help in a different area.
- Do not become jealous if Pastor gives extra attention. Many times a Pastor will do this at first.