Firing A Volunteer

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about blogging on for a while. Yesterday I had to ask…

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about blogging on for a while. Yesterday I had to ask one of my tech team members to step down and stop serving – so now this topic is fresh in my mind. This isn’t the first time I’ve done this. In my 12 years as a church staff member I’ve had to ask others to step down before, but it doesn’t get any easier. It’s something that I felt God was leading me to, but it’s tough to not feel like “the bad guy”.

What it boils down to is protecting the spirit, health and unity of my tech team and seeing the need for someone to grow and have a change of heart and mind before they can serve in a healthy way (for them and for the whole team). You would think with all the excitement at my church surrounding the new worship center and renovations that all would be fine and dandy, but life happens. Ministry is people and sometimes as a leader, you have to make tough calls to properly minister to the individual, as well as be a good shepherd of the team as whole.

If you haven’t read it already, I encourage you to read “The Heart of the Artist” by Rory Noland – it’s a classic that I refer to and give out often. I’m going to give a copy to the tech team member and ask him to read it before he returns. I hope to meet with him and discuss the book in the future. How have you handled situations like this in your ministry? What steps did you have the person take before returning to serve?

The craziness of the church-wide renovation continues. I spent most of this week disassembling and storing equipment in our old worship center. I’m writing this after another 16 hour day on Thursday. Today (Friday) is rest day! If you’re interested, you can see more pictures from this past Sunday HERE.