What policies should be in a church employee handbook?

Fairness in ministry and employment.  A church employee handbook sets your church policies and procedures in writing.   With a well designed church employee handbook, your HR policies will be clear and consistent, you will lower the chance of minsunderstanding or frustration among staff, you will offer protection to the ministry, and you will equip your pastors and leaders with a good HR resource.

Some policies are necesary for any employee handbook:  at-will employment, non-discrimination, non-harassment, professional ethics, benefits, and a confirmation-of-receipt page.  Consider some of the other policies that can be included:

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How do I get a church employee handbook?  You have 3 basic options for designing a handbook for your church staff:
1. Download a Template.  Priced from $50 to $350, these templates will require you to invest many hours into personalizing the handbook to your state, church size, and ministry specifics.  Expect to pay about $200 for a decent template.

2. Have an HR consulting company design a professional handbook for you.  Typical price is about $725.  Pricing is a little higher, but the work is done by someone else.  New Wind is an excellent HR consulting company that designs church employee handbooks, customized for each church:  (Get a 10% Discount by mentioning the Promo Code: HRQA)
http://go2newwind.com/church-policies.html

3. Go to a labor law lawyer.  This is by far the most expensive option, but you will receive a church employee handbook that considers all the legal intricacies of your ministry.  This is a good option for complex ministries or ministries concerned about employee lawsuits.  Expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,500.

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