9 Best Practice Tips for Managing Church Staff

Managing a church staff is no different than managing employees in other environments and those who manage church employees can benefit from best practices of other organizations.

Managing a church staff is no different than managing employees in other environments.

All employees desire the same things when going to work – regardless of job title or industry. They want to know what is expected of them, they need to be given the tools and resources to perform their job and they want to be recognized and rewarded for meeting expectations and achieving business objectives. Read the Full Article →

4 Considerations When Creating A Dress Code Policy

Proper office dress codes are kind of a drag because no one really wants to be told what they have to wear to work. In addition, no manager really wants to confront an employee who doesn’t comply with the policy.

As a grade-schooler I learned the discipline of having a dress code because I went to a private school that required students to wear uniforms.

The positive aspect of wearing a uniform is that it takes the thinking out of what to wear in the morning. The downside is uniforms are usually boring and get old really quick.

The reason many schools have uniforms is to enforce a consistent look for all the kids. Read the Full Article →

14 Leadership Traits

The term leadership is defined as “the ability to lead; an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction.” Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage others.

The term leadership is defined as “the ability to lead; an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction.” Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage others.

This word is used in many forms to describe countless things, but it is ultimately the act of leading a group of people in a shared direction.

To be considered a leader, you have to have people who will follow you. Read the Full Article →

What are Meeting Ground Rules?

Meeting ground rules are simply an agreed upon list of behavior expectations for team members while participating in a meeting. They help to hold everyone accountable for behaviors, so they can stay focused on the task at hand.

A friend was looking at her work calendar and sighed because she had a week with lots of meetings scheduled.  She continued to vent frustration about attending meetings that were unstructured with rude people.

Technology is a wonderful thing but the (negative) impact it has had on meeting productivity is significant.

There was a time not too long ago when meetings didn’t have the challenge and distraction of ringing cell phones, beeping text messages, emails on laptops or news updates on IPads. Read the Full Article →

25 Inspiring Bible Verses About Leadership

Leading people requires a very different skill set than those needed for managing the work of others. A leader is someone who brings people together and guides them toward a common goal. They set the target, the pace and the culture within an organization.

Leading people requires a very different skill set than those needed for managing the work of others.

A leader is someone who brings people together and guides them toward a common goal. They set the target, the pace and the culture within an organization.

They are a constant presence of calm within the storm and an encourager of those they lead. Read the Full Article →

Volunteer Satisfaction – 4 Opportunities to Ask Questions

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.

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

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.

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 →