Announcing Staff Resignations

Announcing Staff Changes

As part of my coaching relationships and other interactions, I am often asked about how to announce a staff member resignation. This can be a big deal for a church, depending on the staff member.

The plan for announcement depends on the staff member’s visibility as it relates to the church as a whole. A behind the scenes, support person’s decision to move on is a much different thing than a teaching pastor or other staff member that’s routinely up in front of the congregation. Some announcements are confined to the staff, while others require a “stage announcement” to the congregation. Of course, there are other steps in between. For example, if there are a lot of volunteers impacted by the announcement, it’s necessary to do some smaller group communication and/or even one on one discussions.

Our Arts Pastor, who has been at our church for almost 10 years, recently made the decision to move on. This is the guy who has led the congregation in worship for over 7 years of that time. He is loved by the church and will be sorely missed.

I thought I would share a video of our Senior Pastor making the announcement to the congregation a couple of Sundays ago.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the staff member’s decision, our desire is always to follow God’s lead and to celebrate the accomplishments of the staff member. I think our Senior Pastor did a great job with this difficult announcement.

What do you think? Is this similar to how you would handle a similar situation? Post a comment!

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  • Kevin M. Stone

    Hi Emanuele,

    Yes, that could be a great idea, depending on what the church would find to be “normal” and consistent with its culture and philosophy of ministry. For us it might be a little too “churchy.” You know what I mean, it might freak out the non-believers who are in the room. We try not to do that when we can help it :). It would also be difficult to pull off given our 55 minute service plan.

    In the past we’ve hosted a separate “celebrate together and say good by” event. Prayer is always a part of that.

    Thanks for the comment!

  • Emanuele

    I think the announcement was done well. Could there have been time for people to pray over him and his family as they go since he was a very visible part of the leadership? Not sure of your culture and how that would be accepted.