It’s easy to forget that HR stands for HUMAN Resources. HR is often the first and last touch point for employees and it’s crucial that every church, organization, or ministry has a healthy and well-equipped HR team.
The People First podcast discusses everything you need to know about the HR world for churches and ministry organizations from benefits to recruitment, budgeting and employee retention, all through the lens of putting the people first. Whether you are currently on an HR team or you are serving on senior leadership, there is something to learn for everyone.
Resources for churches and ministries are constantly growing and changing. It’s important to admit that you don’t know and can’t possibly know everything. Tim Foot and Cased Berry from Slingshot Group are joined by Louis Galucci from Missio Benefits to discuss the endless resources that are available to HR teams and how to utilize them best.
It’s important to be a student of human resources because the world is so often changing. Staying on top of new information, compliance issues, and laws will help you lead your team well. Resources like SHRM, HR Ministry Network and other websites will lend HR teams a helping hand in understanding the wide variety of topics they need to know. Community is also an incredible resource for support. Find like minded people in your position in your community to form groups to meet up, share stories, encourage one another, and help each other professionally. Even using tools like the Enneagram and other personality profiles can be an asset to your team in more ways than one!
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) https://www.shrm.org A membership program with access to compliance laws, HR advisors, webcasts and more.
HR Ministry Network https://newspringnetwork.com/questions/hr Free HR resources for churches and ministries.
Missio Nexus https://missionexus.org Missio Nexus engages people who serve within the Great Commission with ideas, events, and resources which propel the gospel around the world.
Life Church open.life.church Free tools from Life.Church to expand your ministries from HR resources to training, life groups, and more.
Myers Briggs https://www.myersbriggs.org/home.htm?bhcp=1 Personality test based on the 16 personalities developed by C.G. Jung that assess how individuals use their perception and judgement.
Strengths Finder https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/home/en-us/strengthsfinder An assessment helping individuals discover what they naturally do best, how to develop those talents, and how to apply that to everyday life.
Enneagram https://www.enneagraminstitute.com Based on 9 personality types, this assessment helps individuals discover more about their motivations, attitudes, and behaviors.
Discovering Insights https://www.insights.com/us/products/insights-discovery/ Insights Discovery seeks to increase self-awareness, and help people perform at their highest level.
The Gallup 12 Question Survey https://q12.gallup.com A brief survey to discover what matters most to your employees.
Simplifying the Overwhelming World of Benefits
The world of benefits can often be overwhelming. Tim Foot, VP of Experience at Slingshot Group, is joined by Louis Galucci from Missio Benefits and Chesed Berry from Slingshot Group to discuss benefits and how to make the process an enjoyable experience for your teams. How you communicate and what you communicate is vastly more important that what you are actually offering. If the staff doesn’t understand the benefits being offered to them, you are wasting your efforts and your investment.
This episode covers topics like how to communicate your benefits to your team so you don’t waste your money; what to focus on when communicating; how to get people to show up to the benefits meetings; the benefits of going digital; setting clear expectations; and coming up with strategies for the year. Discover ways to make open enrollment fun and avoid the headache of confusion.
Benefits: What you Could & Should be Doing
Continuing the conversation on benefits from the previous episode, Tim Foot, VP of Experience at Slingshot Group, is joined by Louis Galucci from Missio Benefits and Chesed Berry from Slingshot Group to discuss what you could and should be doing in regards to benefits.
They answer questions like: How do you know if what you have is the right fit for your church or organization? Is what we’re doing making sense for us as a ministry and is it sustainable? How to review plans and know if they are right for you? How to utilize vendor resources? They discuss the importance of learning the concerns of the staff and how to add value for them, what is looks like to do benefits like the Body of Christ and some of the common mistakes that are made.
There is no HR without a budget. Organizations might overlook the fact that it’s important to create a budget HR because there isn’t a lot of output, but an HR budget is a budget for people. Tim Foot and Cased Berry of Slingshot Group and Louis Galucci from Missio discuss why it’s important to create a budget and how to do it.
Creating an HR budget is all about adding value to your teams. HR’s budget allows an organization to hire the right employees and keep them satisfied. The most important thing as HR staff is to love people and that love for your people is the basis for the decisions you make, including budget. Dive into this episode to discover more about the ins and outs of creating a budget for HR!