1. Pay-related lawsuits on record-setting pace. The number of federal pay-related lawsuits will set a record again this year, following an all-time high 8,126 cases from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014. The number of actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act has risen steadily over the past 10 years. In 2004, 3,426 FLSA cases were brought against employers that were accused of not following overtime pay policies. Revised Labor Department rules, which make more white-collar workers eligible for overtime, will bring more cases. Employers will be wise to review pay practices and eligibility decisions ... checking with outside experts, if necessary, to determine if changes need to be made" ("Work Rules," June 6, 2014, Kiplinger Letter, Kiplinger.com). Review your church employee payroll classifications (the IRS is watching, as Church Finance Today notes), then review your church's pay and benefits packages for pastors and staff and compare them with more than 3,500 churches nationwide through the 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff.
2. Discover the power of introverts. "Various sources claim a range of 25 to 50 percent of the American population is introverted. ... When churches recruit for ministry roles, many emphasize extroverted gifts like 'high energy,' 'people person,' and 'outgoing.' We want quick-thinkers, fast-acters, polished communicators, high-energy handshakers, and outreachers. It's easy to see how to plug extroverts into people-oriented ministries, and to assume that introverts fit best in behind-the-scenes roles with little people contact and little obvious connection to ministry strategy and vision. Such tendencies show a fundamental misunderstanding of introversion and the gifts introverts can bring to a ministry. This is a serious and costly mistake. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, 'The best talker might have the best ideas, but she might not'" ("Confessions of a Ministry Introvert," by Amy Simpson, LeadershipJournal.net).