<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=2300026853549930&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Skip to content

Your Voice Matters: Does Your Church Leadership Really Listen?

Discover the transformative power of open communication and feedback in church leadership to cultivate a healthy, engaged staff and nurture effective ministry - listen to the insights on the Healthy Church Staff Podcast today!

Listen, Communication, Feedback

The Crucial Role of Open Communication and Feedback in Church Leadership

The health of a church staff invariably rests upon the quality of its leadership and, more specifically, how open that leadership is to feedback and communication. In the quest for a healthy, vibrant, and engaged church staff, the role of open communication cannot be overstated.

The Open Communication Landscape

As found in the Healthy Church Staff Assessment, although 61% of church staff feel comfortable providing feedback to leadership knowing it would be well received, another 39% either disagreed or were unsure. The goal, in a perfect world, would be for every team member to feel heard, their feedback treated with respect and consideration. For church leadership, this presents a unique challenge and equally unique opportunity.

Dealing with Neutral Responses

While a ~20% neutral feedback may mean unfamiliarity with communication processes due to newness in the role or quite simply, indifference, it should not be disregarded. To swing this group towards positivity, engagement is key. Sharing past feedback experiences and the resultant changes can effectively demonstrate the value leadership places on their team's input.

Addressing the Negative Feedback

To transform the 21% negative feedback into a resource, church leadership must focus on fostering an environment where transparency and communication thrive. A culture of trust and open communication needs to be established, where feedback is freely offered, objectively evaluated, and, where viable, actions are taken to bring about the necessary changes. The negatives can be a guiding light to areas of improvement.

Open Communication for a Healthy Church Staff

The keyword in turning around feedback, be it from the neutral or negative groups, is “action.” A staff member feels valued most when they see their suggestions effecting change in some form. It encourages further engagement and foments the notion that their voice matters.

Open communication and applying feedback is not just about solving current issues, it's also a proactive approach for the future. It aids in spotting potential problems and developing a solution before they escalate, attributing to the long-term health and growth of the church.

Foster Open Communication Today

Church leadership can use feedback as an essential tool for improvement, creating a culture where staff feel heard, seen, and valued, resulting in a healthy church staff and effective ministry. It's time for leaders to pull up their sleeves, open up the communication channels, and pave the way for a thriving staff.

For more insights on the importance of open communication in church leadership, dig deeper in today's episode of the Healthy Church Staff Podcast! Interweaving your church's future with your team's ideas can kindle a brighter tomorrow.

Todd Rhoades

Todd Rhoades

Todd has invested over 30 years in serving churches, having served as a worship pastor for over 15 years, a church elder for more than a decade, and in various ministry leadership roles in both the business and non-profit sectors. As the original founder and developer of ChurchStaffing.com, Todd fundamentally changed the way thousands of churches search for pastors and staff on the internet. Todd is a graduate of Cedarville University, and lives in Bryan, OH with his wife, Dawn.

Latest Resources

Attracting, Retaining, and Empowering Volunteers to Serve with Joy

Attracting, Retaining, and Empowering Volunteers to Serve with Joy

Discover how to transform your volunteer program, boost engagement, and empower volunteers in your church by implementing these 7 essential...

Apply Now! Youth Pastor in Camarillo, CA

Apply Now! Youth Pastor in Camarillo, CA

Crossroads Church in sunny Camarillo, California is looking for a Youth Pastor to join their team!

Bridging the Gap Between the Pulpit and the Pews

Bridging the Gap Between the Pulpit and the Pews

Learn how to bridge the gap and forge deeper connections with your diverse church congregation through intentional efforts, authentic relat...