Churches dread giving pink slips

Tough-minded financial decisions
As many congregations grapple with declining contributions, some faith communities are following the lead of cash-strapped corporations by laying off employees. But when you’re putting someone’s spiritual leader out on the street, the task is more difficult.

“Terminal niceness” keeps congregations from dealing honestly with unneeded or ineffective staff members, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch told 750 people attending a recent ministerial leadership conference at South eastern Univer sity in Lakeland, Florida.

Congregational leaders, meanwhile, say already-tough financial decisions can become excruciating when you are firing the man who performed your daughter’s wedding or the woman who held your hand in the hospital.


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