8 Things I am Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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I love this time of year! I now live in Southwest Florida and do miss the change of seasons, and the excitement that comes with autumn and the anticipation of entering into a new season.  I know a lot of people who dread fall because the new season tends to be cold.

I don’t necessarily like the cold weather, which is why we relocated to a warmer climate, but I do enjoy hunkering down by the fire and watching a classic movie.  Read the Full Article →

2015 Average Salary Pay Increase Projections

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The last couple of years have been financially challenging  for many churches because of the toll the recession has had on donations. This has unfortunately, resulted in salary freezes or minimal pay increases for church employees.

The good news is, church donations are on the upswing again and according to a Barna study, giving is up again.

David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group, put the findings in context. Read the Full Article →

7 Reasons to Write Down Your Church Policies and Procedures

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Churches are birthed out of a desire to help people discover the transformation that comes from learning, and living life based on biblical principles.

Every founding pastor can probably tell you when they first felt this aspiration and how it led them down a path to pioneer a church.  Churches grow when they provide members with solid biblical teaching and discipleship that is supported by structured systems and processes. Read the Full Article →

Sample Code-of-Ethics and Conduct for Church Leaders

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Many organizations create code-of-ethics and conduct statements as a way to communicate established boundaries and set expectations for employee behaviors. This document also serves as a tool to help guide decision making and actions that demonstrate self regulation.

Code-of-ethics and conduct statements are typically developed at the board or leadership level and filtered throughout the organization through training and the new employee orientation process.

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Decision Making Process – 4 Decision Making Tips

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Managing church operations presents many challenges and decision making is at the core of all managerial functions.

There are many approaches to decision making in business management and it is important to have consistency in the managerial decision making process.

There are daily decision that need to be made and a structured process helps to ensure that all decisions are made in a consistent, unbiased and principled manner. Read the Full Article →

2015 Church Planning – 7 Things to Think About

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It’s hard to believe but we are already into the 4th quarter of 2014.  As we move closer to the end of the year it might be a good time to think about those things your church should be doing now to plan for 2015.

There is an old saying “If you fail to plan – you plan to fail”.  Planning helps us stay focused on those things that help move us closer to achieving our mission.  

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4 Communication Mistakes Church Leaders Make

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Communication is an avenue to share thoughts and information. Successful organizations understand the importance of good communication because when leadership fails to communicate effectively, issues arise, conflict presents itself and organizational momentum slows.

Everyone has different preferences for receiving communication, but we all crave communication. It is what engages us in our relationships, our employment, and our church.

When employees have a good understand what, and why, things are happening within the church they feel valued and engaged.  Read the Full Article →

Church Mergers – 10 Things to Consider

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I was having lunch with a friend the other day whose church is contemplating merging with another church in their area. Their pastor was approached by the leadership of the other church and was offered the invitation. They have experienced significant church growth and have outgrown their current facility. The other church has a larger facility which makes the merger appealing to them. Read the Full Article →

Hiring Process for Church Employees

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Managing church employees is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other setting.  A church is only as strong as the people who do the work and weak employees can affect the customer experience and the ability to meet objectives.  Having a strong church staff requires:

Get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, the right people in the right seats and then figure out where to drive.”  Jim Collins –  Good to Great

Getting the right people on the bus involves a great recruitment strategy that includes screening, interviewing, orientation and training.  Read the Full Article →

Church Budget – 6 Reasons to Develop a Church Budget

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God blesses churches with tithing members to provide the resources to do the work of the ministry.  Good stewardship of those resources is a significant responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Churches that use an operating budget are equipped to target and control spending. Creating a budgeting process can help to ensure that dollars are allocated to those things that help fulfill the church mission and vision. Read the Full Article →