Can you discriminate?

Discrimination is a feared word in the employment world. It comes with the assumption of evil intent. In reality, the word itself is neutral to positive. A person with discriminating taste is thought to be refined and wise. That person is able to discern something...

When is a volunteer not a volunteer?

Part of being a healthy church is having volunteer labor. Ideally, that looks like people in the congregation using their varied gifts in works of service. Sometimes it’s just people getting stuff done because it needs to get done. The reality is that not that many...

Should you boast on your performance review?

A friend of mine was recently lamenting about his employer’s requirement that he provide a self-evaluation as part of his performance review process. “I’m supposed to boast about how great I am,” was his concern. That seems to be in contrast to our call to humility....

What employment laws do you need to comply with?

I read an excellent article recently on compliance issues for small businesses. Though we don’t like to think of church as a business, the administrative side of church is business and we are subject to most of the same laws as other businesses. The article gave a...

HRmeneutics

What is HRmeneutics? On the face of it, HRmeneutics is just a play on “hermeneutics”, which is “the study of the methodological principles of interpretation (as of the Bible)”. (Merriam-Webster) In hermeneutics, we want to study correctly so as to interpret correctly,...