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 →

12 Things Volunteers Expect

Successful volunteer programs are able to create a positive work experience by providing the organization and support to the volunteer and their job assignments.

Volunteers give of their time to help a church fulfill its mission and have basic expectations.

Successful volunteer programs are able to create a positive work experience  by providing the organization and support to the volunteer and their job assignments.

People who donate their time naturally expect to have a positive experience.

Effective  volunteer management incorporates many things that contribute to a positive experience for the volunteer. Read the Full Article →

6 Things To Consider When Members Stop Donating

Depending on the culture and teaching of a particular church the percentage of members that actually tithes varies. According to a Barna study 5% of adults qualify as having tithed—giving 10% or more of their annual income to a church or non-profit organizations. Among born again Christians, 12% tithed in 2012.

I had someone ask me recently how to handle church members who were no longer making donations to church. This person asked if it was appropriate to contact the member and simply ask the question.

I kind of cringed when they said this because this is one of those potentially awkward and volatile situations that needs to be handled very thoughtfully, gently and prayerfully. Read the Full Article →

Who Makes Church Decisions?

Church decisions should be made based on the mission of the church, the strategy for achieving that mission and corresponding goals to implement strategy. Decision makers are those who have day-to-day responsibility for completing goals.

I recently had an email from a reader asking “who should make the decisions at a church”?  This is a loaded, but great question!

Churches are lot many other organizations in that people have opinions and can have strong feelings about how things are done. The tensions that arise as a result of church decision making are healthy – but often challenging. Read the Full Article →

Critical Success Factor Examples

A quality improvement tool that many organizations use is Critical Success Factors (CSF) which are indicators that measure how well an organization is accomplishing its strategic plan and objectives.

Whether you are managing a restaurant, nonprofit organization or a church, it is important to know that you are focusing on those things that help move the organization forward and achieving results.

Anyone who manages an organization understands how challenging it is to stop the day-to-day tasks and check to see how well the organization is performing.

It has been said that what gets measured, gets done but finding an easy way to evaluate how the organization is doing is what keeps many in leadership from doing so. Read the Full Article →