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Clearing Common Church Human Resource Misconceptions
We know that churches are places we go to worship and use our talents to serve others. But churches are also employers, and sometimes that separation of church and state gets muddled when it comes to understanding and implementing employment laws and establishing and communicating just personnel policies.
In our Church Management Certificate Program webinar series, one of the most popular sessions is
Best Practices for Church Human Resources
by Dr. Carol Fowler. We tend to have more participants during that session, and the participants ask so many questions! In fact this 90-minute webinar runs over an additional 30 minutes just to make sure all inquiries are answered.
Typically human resource issues land in the business manager's office, who may or may not have experience or knowledge of the laws in this area. For example, common misunderstandings occur with the definition of "at will" employment, exempt versus non-exempt positions, what questions you can and cannot ask in an interview, and what all must be
kept in an employee's personnel file.
Unfortunately, only so much can be covered in a 90-minute session! We had such demand for more time on this critical area, AmericanChurch and Our Sunday Visitor have partnered with the Villanova University School of Business to bring a series of three, 90-minute ecumenical webinars each focusing on
1. The Theological and Legal Principles of Church Human Resources
2. The Right People for the Right Job: Effective Hiring, Supporting and Evaluating Staff for the Mission, and
3. Collaboration and Professional Development for Church Staff
The dates for this limited capacity electronic mini-series are March 6 and 7, and the sessions are taught by Dr. Carol Fowler. You can get more information including cost on the
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 03:03 PM
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