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In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im are joined by Lane Grimes, the Event Specialist for Lifeway Leadership and previously an Administrative Assistant at Lifeway and many other organizations. In this episode, they discuss how to hire an administrative assistant and answer the following questions.
- How do you know it’s time to hire an admin?
- What qualities and skills should you look for?
- What interview questions should you ask?
- What are the biggest mistakes churches make when hiring an admin?
- What are the keys to on-boarding an admin well?
“The point of leadership pipeline is becoming who God has called you to be and multiplying yourself there.”
“No position in any church or organization should be a cul-de-sac position, meaning there is no where to go or progress.”
“From a pastor stand point, you need to be doing what only you as a pastor can do, and if you are spending your time in the weeds of administration, it is time to get yourself some help so you can focus on teaching, preaching, and developing leaders.”
“The fact is everyone needs to about the details. You may not want 100% of your job to be about that, but you still need to be about details.”
“If you are the person hiring an administrator, you are still the person responsible for getting the work done. You aren’t delegating ownership.”
“I think one of the things pastors and church leaders tend to do is under communicate things they are not happy about. But you administrative assistant wants to know what needs to change to make their life easier.”
“You should always want to develop the people under your care, or you are not a leader.”
“One of the biggest mistakes you can make is hiring too fast.”
“The biggest mistake I see in hiring is that people don’t check references.”
“Transformation happens when you have knowledge, experience, and coaching.”