Like most organizations, the Northern California Conference has a human resources department that manages all matters related to employees. But the four members of the NCC HR team strive to provide more than the usual services. They view HR as
“Our department’s motto is ‘Connections with a Purpose,’” said HR Director Kathy Batchelor. “People are at the core of what we do, and that is why we are committed to providing our employees and those we serve with the resources they need to do God’s work.”
NCC HR supports about 1,200 employees and numerous volunteers in churches, schools, and other ministries. The department explains its mission through five key words:
Strategy – HR collaborates with NCC entities and legal counsel to determine best practices to ensure the most efficient means of incorporating guidelines and laws to protect ministries.
People – HR connects with employees, their families, volunteers, and ministries to ensure they have the information they need to thrive. “We enable NCC entities to provide excellent service to their people, advocating for work/life balance, for health and wellness, and for the unheard voice,” said Lydia Paredes, benefits and employment administrator.
Education – HR offers numerous resources and trainings to help people do their jobs well. One popular training is Level 1 Boot Camp—a day-long orientation designed to thoroughly educate employees about their benefits. “We have a lot of great ideas for training and education that we are hoping to implement soon,” said Batchelor.
Compliance – HR abides by laws and policies in order to ensure trust, communication, safety, health, fairness, equality, and protection. “Unless in conflict with the laws of God, we comply with the laws of the state and federal government, as well as conference and denominational policy,” said Alissa Sattelmayer, HR specialist.
Spirituality – HR has a missional side. “We want the service we provide to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to be more than just an employment connection,” said Raven Threatt, HR specialist. “Our goal is to leave those we interact with feeling appreciated, encouraged, and cared for. We are committed to praying on behalf of those we serve.”
Each day, the HR team endeavors to be a blessing in the lives of employees, volunteers, and ministries. “Our ultimate goal is to help fulfill the mission of the NCC,” said Batchelor. “We are dedicated to ‘transforming people through the good news of Jesus Christ and preparing them for His soon return.’”
By Julie Lorenz