Elders' Forward

In a well-led church, everyone has a sense of security and a more peaceful state of mind because the leaders are clear about their expectations and commitments. Also, in these days when people take each other to court over everything imaginable, a large church has a stewardship to consider with its employees. The leadership of the church is not hired to lose the church's money and resources through erroneous management, illegal hiring practices or misunderstandings. To this end, after years of operating our church as a "Ma and Pa shop" where people just understood what to do, we realized we needed to formalize our extensive "Talmud" of unwritten rules and practices. We are happy to share our staff manual with anyone who finds it useful.

Table of Contents


  • About this Handbook
  • Employment At Will
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Employment Classifications
  • Work Hours
  • Retirement Guidelines
  • Human Resource Department and Personnel Records

Employee Performance and Conduct

Performance Management

  • Performance Planning
  • Ongoing Supervision
  • Performance Evaluation

Work Conduct

  • Personal Conduct
  • Ethics and Compliance
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Solicitation
  • Use of Church Technical Resources - Computer and Internet Access
  • Conflicts of Interest

Disciplinary Procedure

  • Verbal Warning
  • Written Warning
  • Final Warning, Probation or Discharge

Compensation and Benefits

Wage and Salary Administration

  • Introduction
  • Overtime Pay (exempt and non-exempt status explained)
  • Vacation
  • Management Discretion Statement
  • Deferred Compensation Plan - 403(b) Long-term Savings / Retirement Account
  • Holidays
  • Absences - Short-term and Leaves

Welfare and Security Benefits

  • Health Care Benefits
    • Employee-Funded Health and Dependent Care Spending Account
    • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Unemployment Insurance