8 Tips For Conducting Stress Free Performance Evaluations

There are not many people who will tell you (honestly) that they like conducting performance evaluations. But, performance evaluations, that are done right, can be a positive experience for employees, particularly if there is a reward benefit to performing well.

There are not many people who will tell you (honestly) that they like conducting performance evaluations.  But, performance evaluations, that are done right, can be a positive experience for employees, particularly if there is a reward benefit to performing well.

The performance appraisal process should be an ongoing system that climaxes with the employee evaluation and raise distribution. It should be a time of reflection, celebration and thinking forward. Read the Full Article →

Flowcharting – A Quality Management Tool for the Church Administrator

How those decisions are made can impact the experience of congregants, church volunteers, employees, and even church finances! This is why it is so important to use decision making tools to ensure that all decisions are made with data and objectivity. Flowcharts are one of those tools!

Running the day-to-day operation of a church can be challenging and making decisions is an every day occurrence

How those decisions are made can impact the experience of congregants, church volunteers, employees, and even church finances!

This is why it is so important to use decision making tools  to ensure that all decisions are made with data and objectivity.  Flowcharts are one of those tools! Read the Full Article →

10 Elements to Church Event Planning – How to Plan a Successful Event for Your Church

Events and churches have long gone hand-in-hand because church families enjoy time together and often seek out ways to gather as a group. So whether it is the annual church picnic, monthly pot-luck dinner or a church anniversary celebration, having a template for event planning is critical to facilitating great church events.

Events and churches have long gone hand-in-hand because church families enjoy time together and often seek out ways to gather as a group.

So whether it is the annual children’s vacation bible school, church picnic or a church anniversary celebration, having a template for event planning is crucial to facilitating great church events.

Most events entail the same elements that can be part of an event template and the planning simply requires thinking through the details of each element.

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6 Reasons to Debrief From a Church Event

There are always things that are learned when facilitating a church event and taking those valuable tidbits of information and using them to improve the next event is a great way to be continually improving your events.

Most ministries are really good at planning, gathering volunteers and hosting church sponsored events.

There are always things that are learned when facilitating a church event and taking those valuable tidbits of information and using them to improve the next event is a great way to be continually improving your events.

Debriefing from a big event captures the moment and takes advantage of the combined knowledge and experience of everyone involved. Read the Full Article →

How Often Should We Run a Criminal Background Check On Volunteers?

Every volunteer should go through a thorough background screening as part of their volunteer application process and rechecked every couple of years.

I recently had someone ask me how often they should run criminal background checks on volunteers.

Every volunteer should go through a thorough background screening as part of their volunteer application process and rechecked every couple of years.

Gone are the days when background checks were only done on people who work with children.  It is important to know the criminal background of every volunteer in your church.   Read the Full Article →

7 Steps to Planning Your 2015 Vacation Bible School

Planning church events can be fun and stress free as long as there is detailed planning and lots of hands to help. This means taking the time now to get your event organized will ensure a smooth running event.

Spring is in a few short weeks which means that summer is just around the corner.  As the snow begins to melt, and the tulips start to show off their spring colors, your team should be well on its way to planning your summer vacation bible school.

Planning church events can be fun and stress free as long as there is detailed planning and lots of hands to help. Read the Full Article →

6 Tips for Preparing Your Church for Easter Sunday

Easter is one of two days a year that people who don’t regularly attend church will come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection. This is also a time of year that people recommit and make an attempt to get back to church. The church can help this process by being prepared and welcoming when the floodgates of visitors arrives on Easter morning.

While much of the country is still waiting for those piles of snow to melt, everyone is excited about spring and with spring comes one of the most important days of the year in the church – Easter Sunday!

Easter is one of two days a year when people who don’t regularly attend church will come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  This is also a time of year that people recommit and make an attempt to get back to church.   Read the Full Article →

6 Tips For Preparing to Interview a Job Candidate

Managing the human resource function of a church is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other business setting. A church is only as strong as the people it employs, and weak employees can affect the ability of the church to flourish and meet objectives.

Managing the human resource function of a church is every bit as challenging as managing people in any other business setting.

A church is only as strong as the people it employs, and weak employees can affect the ability of the church to fulfill its mission.Edit Edit date and time

As Jim Collins states in Good to Great:

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.”

Employing the right people requires a great strategy to recruit, screen, interview, orient and train new employees.  Read the Full Article →

6 Church Financial Management Tips

The unpredictable economic climate has created budgeting challenges for many organizations, and the church is no exception. This creates the need for churches to find help figuring out the best way to manage their limited resources.

The unpredictable economic climate has created budgeting challenges for many organizations, and the church is no exception.  This creates the need for churches to find help figuring out the best way to manage their sometimes limited resources.

Church leaders are often challenged with ensuring there is continued funding to support current programs and fixed operational costs. This can be difficult because the financial needs of a church can be significant, and juggling limited resources can be stressful. Read the Full Article →

8 Church Board Responsibilities

Church boards are responsible for ensuring that the ministry fulfills its core mission. This is done by developing strategy, monitoring performance and ensuring church financial accountability. Strong board governance makes certain a meaningful mission is implemented effectively.

One of the requirement of maintaining a nonprofit status is to have an oversight board.

Church boards are responsible for ensuring that the ministry fulfills its core mission.

This is done by developing strategy, monitoring performance and ensuring church financial accountability.

Strong board governance makes certain a meaningful mission is implemented effectively.

Effective boards have an impact on the long-term viability of the organization and have a vested interest in how well the church implements the strategy of achieving its mission. Read the Full Article →