New staff members at YOUR CHURCH, excluding the Temporary and Intern categories, are subject to a 90 calendar day introductory period. During the introductory period, the new staff member’s work habits, skills, and abilities are evaluated to ensure the job can be performed satisfactorily. The introductory period also provides the new staff member with time needed to determine if the new job meets their expectations.
If a staff member is absent for a significant amount of time during the introductory period, the length of the absence may extend the introductory period. The church may also choose to extend the introductory period if it is decided that an extension is necessary in order to evaluate a staff member’s performance. An extension of the introductory period can happen either during or at the conclusion of the introductory period. When a staff member satisfactorily completes the introductory period, their category is changed to regular part or full-time depending on the position.
During the introductory period, new staff members are eligible for benefits that are required by law, such as Social Security and workers’ compensation insurance. They may also be eligible for other church benefit programs, subject to the terms and conditions of each benefit program. The staff member should review the information for each benefits program to determine the exact requirements.
During the introductory period, new staff members may not be eligible for certain other benefits such as compensation increases, promotions, vacations, leaves of absence, etc. Questions about eligibility for any of these benefits should be directed to the Executive Pastor.