Staffing Week – What Do I Do When Someone Resigns for “Good” Reasons?

Since we are looking at Staffing this week, I want to deal with one of the most asked questions about how to transition when someone resigns for “good” reasons. (like focusing on their family)

Staff changes can be one of the more challenging aspects of leading a growing church.

Here’s what I would recommend when dealing with a “good” resignation:

1) Get them to write a letter to their key volunteers explaining why they are leaving – have them write it to their volunteers but give it to you to share. This is a letter you can share with everyone involved in their specific area. For example, if they were in the  children’s area you would share with parents, volunteers, etc.

2) You also need to get a formal letter of resignation from them for your employment files – this can be short and sweet as you won’t be sharing it.

3) You really only need to share their transition with those impacted by the decision (parents, children’s volunteers, etc) – they will want to know why they are leaving so share their letter. They will also want to know what you plan to do to fill the position – so cast vision for the future. This could be an email or a letter.

4) As for the entire church, there’s no need to announce it in a big way – you could put a ‘staff note’ in the newsletter or e-newsletter announcing the transition with a brief quote from their letter to volunteers and a sentence or two of vision from you.

That’s a quick overview – hope it helps!


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Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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