I was going through old email today, and found one that had a friendly rant. Since it relates to today’s article, I thought I’d share it in this space. My comments were about a “part time” position, and one of the, in my opinion, most inconsiderate of job description “musts” — attendance at a staff meeting. Read on…
[One] of the “musts” [on your job description] is attending weekly staff meetings. If this is a part time position, and the person must be there at 10am on a Tuesday [for example], it pretty much prevents the “part time” person from having a regular job.
It’s a little thing, perhaps, and almost un-noticed in the flow of the job description, but it always bothered me [when I was in that position] that every other member of the staff was being paid to be at the staff meeting (and thus didn’t care if it started late, or lasted longer than scheduled, or wandered off agenda), but I, essentially, had to take time off from work [unpaid by either the church or my employer] to mostly talk about calendar things that really didn’t pertain to what I was doing. It felt, often, as if the power of requiring my presence was more important than the necessity of my input.
The reverse was also true. Many times something was presented in a staff meeting as a “done deal” and in subsequent discussion it turned out that it had been decided in a “water cooler” gathering amongst the full time folks. More than once it affected my program greatly, but I was the one who was supposed to adapt because the “decision has already been made.”
Today’s article is from Mark Powers, and has a long, but descriptive title Orientation and Training for Search Teams Looking for a New Minister of Music or Worship Leader. Here’s an excerpt:
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