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The Most Dreaded Conversation in Ministry

What do you do when a staff member is transitioning off of your team? Chemistry Staffings Staff Transition Playbook will walk you through your next steps.

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What happens when it is time for someone to move on?

We’ve all been there.

We are sitting in our office, having an incredibly productive day when we get a soft knock on our office door and see a member of our team asking to talk. The look on their face lets you know that this might be a difficult conversation. After a couple awkward attempts to start the conversation, they come right out with it: “I think it is time for me to leave…”

Or maybe the conversation begins with you, knocking on the staff member's door asking to talk. Whether it is sudden or not, difficult or joyous, staff transitions in the church are hard for everyone involved. They are uncomfortable, difficult, and emotionally draining.

But they are necessary.

The truth is that not everyone is a perfect fit for your church for the season that you are in. Sometimes resignations and terminations are expected, sometimes they surprise us. Regardless of their nature, it is important for us to think through how to manage the transition in a way that serves the church, your current team, and the staff member who is transitioning out of their position.

This is why we have developed Chemistry Staffing's Staff Transition Playbook. This guide will walk you through what to do following a staff member's resignation, or what you need to be thinking about as you prepare to make a staffing change.

The secret weapon of the playbook is the Exit Interview Worksheet... this interactive document will help you conduct and record the findings of the exit interview you conduct with your transitioning staff member.

Let's talk straight for a moment... Most churches do not conduct exit interviews with departing staff members. By skipping this crucial part of the transition process church leaders miss the opportunity to learn important information about the health of their team, their current leadership culture, and how to set up their next staff members to succeed.

To download your free copy of Chemistry Staffing's Staff Transition Playbook, click here.




P.S. If you have experienced this conversation recently and are beginning to think through how to move forward, I would love to have a conversation. Click here for a free, 30-minute conversation about your staffing needs.

Matt Steen

Matt Steen

Matt has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Originally from Baltimore, Matt currently lives in Orlando, with his wife Theresa, and has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Nyack College and an M.Div. and MBA from Baylor University. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by Redeemer City to City and as a StratOp facilitator by the Paterson Center, Matt has made a career of helping churches thrive through intentionality, clarity, and creating healthy cultures. He is convinced that a healthy church is led by a healthy team with great chemistry, and loves partnering with Chemistry’s churches to do great things for the Kingdom.

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