First published on this website in June 2007 and last updated in April 2021
When does a voluntary post in a church get to the point where you should appoint a paid member of staff instead? This is far from a straightforward issue, especially when you have part-time paid staff and volunteers giving longer hours.
These notes give six examples when paid employment makes sense:
- when the post requires a full working week
- when the post requires set availability times
- when the post requires a specialist
- when the post requires a pioneering leader
- when church members are time-poor
- when leaders are diverted from their proper roles.
But there are six potential dangers in following this approach.
- a denial of body ministry
- confusion over roles
- tensions between staff and volunteers
- poor staff management
Here are valuable principles to inform your discussion and decision-making.
Here is the link to this item: TN37 - To pay or not to pay.pdf
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These notes have been updated in April 2021 with minor amendments to the text.