An Explanation of the New Staff for Hire Restrictions
by Jaime Castle
Dear Heritage Family, as our beloved Board of Trustees President, Donna Buckley, is out exploring parts of Asia, it has come upon me to deliver an article to you in the Heirloom. It was also deemed important to address the limits on eligibility for the the new staff positions that we seek to hire soon, hoping that our pledge drive is successful. The new staff positions are: The Member Services Coordinator and The Building Caretaker. Applications for the positions are open to the community at large, but the Heritage Church Board of Trustees has determined that church members, active friends of the church, or their immediate family or household members are not eligible for these positions.
The Board of Trustees and The Committee on Ministry have been meeting together regularly on behalf of the well-being of the church and it was at one of these times together that the possibility of these positions was first discussed. It was an exciting gathering and the energy was flowing as we examined the benefits that these positions would have on our community. As we progressed from the initial idea toward taking action, a question arose as to how to approach the possibility of a church member, friend of the church, or a family member of either, applying for either job. Many other meetings were had and we discussed this possibility at length. At our last Board of Trustees meeting this March, the Board decided to limit the application pool for these new positions to people outside the Heritage community. I would like to give some insight as to how we came to that conclusion.
If you were to google the phrase “never work with family” you will find pages upon pages from many resources, often with a listed number of reasons or dangers to be aware of. When it comes to finding the right people for these jobs, we came to many of the same conclusions on our own. Heritage is our church family and you are all our family members. The main worry would be by hiring a church member, the dynamics would change for each person. Heritage is supposed to be their spiritual home and sanctuary but it would become, instead, their place of work. Something sacred would be lost in that transfer. The other main reason to hire outside candidates is to give the new staff members the opportunity to build new relationships with the Heritage community based on the roles of the new positions, rather than begin from already-established relationships. This matter is especially important with the position of the Member Services Coordinator. It would be ideal if that person came into this place with a fresh perspective, knowing no one but having to learn each one. Members would all have an equal footing.
We would like to preserve your church home and are working to make it even better. We know you all have many talents and skills to give and we are so grateful for them when you give through the many events, teams, and committees here at Heritage. Let us search out professional individuals from outside our walls to take care of these walls while we all can work together on the inside to strengthen our bonds!