Cornerstone Resources

HR for churches

Can a church benefit from HR support?

Church leaders have to wear many hats. Not only are you required to provide spiritual leadership for your congregation but increasingly you have to act as a CEO of a small charity. One of the key responsibilities that comes with being a charitable organisations is the requirement of good governance. What does this mean?.

Principles of good governance that churches should follow

The Charity Governance Code represents a standard of good governance practice to which all charities should aspire. The 2017 Code identifies 7 key areas that all charities should follow:

These areas are leadership; integrity; decision making, risk and control; board effectiveness; diversity; openness and accountability; all underpinning organisational purpose.

All of the above areas are not optional extras, they are standards that all charities should read, follow and apply proportionately to their circumstances. This means that smaller churches are not expected to comply as thoroughly as larger churches.

HR for churches and church leadership

How can HR help churches?

Unless you have the experience in house, we are uniquely placed to be able to support you. Our combination of HR expertise and having a leadership role in our local church means we understand what issues you face. So how can we help you implement the Code and have good HR practices?

Church Leadership Development

Church leaders typically have spiritual training in abundance. But have you been trained in how to manage a team? Do you know how to manage yourself effectively? Our Coaching and Mentoring offering can help you develop your skills in this area.

We can also help you with practical issues when managing employees. What would you do if faced with the following issues:

  • You have an employee with a performance or absence issue.
  • When you need to recruit a new team member.
  • You have promoted a team member and they are struggling to motivate their team.
  • You have an employee who is pregnant and they are asking what they are entitled to.
If you aren’t sure what to do, we can support you. See our Employee Relations page for more information on how we can help you.

Risk and Control

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have brought additional requirements for all organisations to manage. Employee data not only needs to be held in a secure location but also needs to be kept up to date. Our partnership with Breathe HR can help you here! With employee self service as standard and access available via a dedicated app, your data is safe! Best of all, churches get a 50% lifetime discount! See our page on streamlining your HR Admin for more information. 

Where can my church get HR support from?

At Cornerstone Resources, we understand the complexities of managing complex HR issues within the church context. This gives us a unique perspective in the HR Consultancy. We are leaders in our local church and have trustee experience so we have seen issues from all sides. We also have a track record of delivering cost effective solutions across Anglican, Baptist, Pentecostal and Independent churches. Click here to see how we can help your church.

So if you would like a confidential conversation about issues you are facing in your church, give Rob a call on 07494 161169 or you can contact Nicci on  07908 875146.

How much will it cost me?

We want to make sure you are getting the support you need so we will want to speak with you before giving you a cost. However, as we offer a 25% discount against our normal rates for all our HR for churches packages, you can be sure you will be getting high quality advice for competitive and transparent prices. You can benefit from getting your policies in place to recruitment and coaching your team all at very competitive rates. We also have long term HR for churches support packages available. Click here to explore them in more detail.

Looking for help with Safeguarding?

Safeguarding is a major consideration for all churches and faith based organisations and for this reason, we have partnered with experts in the field. Because Christian Safeguarding Services have significant experience gained in a professional environment, they can partner with you to improve your safeguarding practices. So whether your need is with children, young people or adults, click on the below button to link to the Christian Safeguarding Services website!

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"We have worked with Cornerstone on a couple of occasions and found Nicci to be very approachable with a warm personality and someone who listened carefully to establish the help that was needed. Nicci was thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and reliable, who responded promptly to every question. She helped to take the anxiety out of the situation and was a reassuring presence. I am very happy to warmly commend Cornerstone Resources."
Regional Minister, Baptist Church
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We will be open and honest with you and will challenge a proposed course of action when we don’t believe it to be the best solution.

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