Are Your Church Employees Burned Out?

by Patricia August 19, 2014
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Churches are unique places to work because the “shop is open” at times when most people are resting from their work week. Weekend services, mid-week church meetings, small groups and special events all take their toll on church employees. And let’s be real, working every weekend can be difficult. This dynamic creates a unique challenge for church leadership, to […]

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3 Common Errors in Managing Church Finances

by Patricia August 13, 2014
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Managing church finances requires having an understanding of tax laws that affect the day-to-day operation of the ministry. Because the laws can be complex, and not always easy to understand, churches occasionally do things inadvertently that can be problematic. Staying compliant with the tax code is often directly related to how the church finances are […]

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25 Bible Verses About Serving and Volunteering

by Patricia August 7, 2014
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We all need inspiration and biblical reinforcement for what we do. Whether that is volunteering for the local church or serving as a church employee, we need to be reminded about what the Word says about what we do. Here are 25 bible verses that speak to God’s purpose and expectation for us to serve […]

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Does Your Church Need a Public Relations Strategy?

by Patricia August 5, 2014
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The term public relations is defined by PRSA as: “A strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” But, do churches really need to manage public relations?  Should they care about building relationships with its members and the community? The answer is yes.  The church represents Christianity and has the responsibility for […]

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Volunteer Engagement Strategy

by Patricia July 30, 2014
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Volunteers provide free labor for churches, and the secret to recruiting and retaining great volunteers, is to keep them engaged. This requires a volunteer engagement strategy which is based on the organizations’ ability to help them feel like what they do adds value, helps fulfill the mission and that they make a difference. Organizations that do […]

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Church Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Church Ready for a Disaster?

by Patricia July 29, 2014
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It is difficult to turn on the news and not see a report of some natural disaster or unexpected emergency.  Wild fires, tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes are just a few of the unpredictable disasters that can impact a community – and churches are not exempt from these un-welcomed tragedies. Preparing for a disaster is one of […]

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4 Employee Documentation Mistakes Manager Make

by Patricia July 24, 2014
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Managing church employees can be a very rewarding experience because influencing and participating in an employee’s professional development is just fun! However, there are those difficult times when an employee just isn’t the right fit and needs to move on. These are very stressful times that result in lost sleep for the involved manager. What […]

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10 Points to Include in a Church Membership Class

by Patricia July 22, 2014
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Not all churches have official membership, but for those that do, there is an increased engagement with members. This is because congregants have a better understanding of the church’s history, why it exists and what it hopes to achieve. Churches that take the time to develop a new members class have the benefit of interacting with […]

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Example Training Evaluation Form

by Patricia July 17, 2014
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Churches that value quality and excellence, understand the importance of training its members, volunteers and employees. Each of these groups of people has different training needs. Church congregants may be required to attend a church membership class or participate in spiritual enrichment classes. Volunteers may be trained on membership, volunteer orientation and volunteer job specific skill […]

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Example Church Cash Handling Policy

by Patricia July 15, 2014
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Good cash handling policies and procedures are critical to ensure the safeguarding of church funds. And yes, churches are just as susceptible to embezzlement as any other organization. The reason being is unsupervised access to cash is simply too tempting for many people, particularly people with a financial need. And yes, Christians steal and they steal from churches. […]

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