Volunteer Satisfaction – 4 Opportunities to Ask Questions

Keeping volunteers engaged ensures maintaining a long term relationship and one way to engage them is to provide an opportunity to offer feedback to the organization.

Successful organizations understand the value of listening to the feedback of their customers.  In the non-profit world one of the main customer groups are the volunteers.

Volunteers give of their time and provide free labor because they care about the organization and have a passion for its vision and mission.

Keeping volunteers engaged ensures maintaining a long term relationship. One way to engage them is to provide an opportunity for them to offer feedback about their experience. Read the Full Article →

Practical Guide For Using Guiding Councils in Your Church

Councils should be made up of a group of the right people to discuss, debate, and make decisions about the administration and management of the church. People selected to serve on councils should be those with knowledge, experience and a passion for the topic. These knowledge experts should be steered by the board and used to facilitate a decision-making process that benefits the church.

In Jim Collins’ book, Good to Great, he talks about using councils to help guide the organization.  Councils should be made up of a group of the right people to discuss, debate, and make decisions about the administration and management of the church.

People selected to serve on councils should be those with knowledge, experience and a passion for the topic. Read the Full Article →

10 Points to Cover in Volunteer Orientation

Creating a well-run volunteer management program can help ensure a great experience for those volunteers. Furthermore, a structured orientation process can help ensure a positive experience by helping to prepare them for their new job responsibilities.

The beauty of a church community is the abundance of committed people who have an interest in helping the church achieve its vision and mission.

Volunteers are the engine of the church because they donate the man-hours to ensure everything gets done. And many people use the volunteer experience to get to know other members in the church community.

Creating a well-run volunteer management program can help ensure a great experience for those volunteers.

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Aplos – An Affordable Accounting Software For Churches!

Maintaining accurate financial records is essential for providing a clear picture of how much money comes in and how much money is spent running a church. It is also difficult to create a church budget without having these records.

Maintaining accurate financial records is essential for providing a clear picture of how much money comes in and how much money is spent running a church.

It is also difficult to create a church budget without having these records.

People who give to a church want to know that the money they donate is used for its intended purpose, making good record keeping an essential aspect of ensuring proper stewardship of church resources. Read the Full Article →

25 Bible Verses About Managing Others

Anyone who has responsibility for the work of others understands the unique challenges that come with managing people. The good news is, God has provided us with a playbook to help us – the Bible.

Anyone who has responsibility for the work of others understands the unique challenges that come with managing people.

The good news is, God has provided us with a playbook to help us – the Bible.

I want to share 25 bible verses that I have personally used to encourage and strengthen myself when I had the responsibility of managing others.  These verses are taken from the New King James Version at Bible Gateway. Read the Full Article →

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 →