Church Financial Accountability – 4 Reasons to Pursue ECFA Accreditation

Managing a church has many of the same challenges as managing a business and requires a lot of the same business processes to be successful. Church leaders pursue their call to lead a congregation and may have lots of training in theology and biblical principles but may not have basic business training that is required when you manage people, time and money. Because of this, churches need help in developing systems and processes to fulfill their mission but also to ensure responsible stewardship of God’s money.

Managing a church has many of the same challenges as managing a business and requires a lot of the same business processes to be successful.

Church leaders pursue their call to lead a congregation and may have lots of training in theology and biblical principles but may not have basic business training that is required when you manage people, time and money. Read the Full Article →

Do You Use Quality Principles in Church Administration?

There are principles of quality that look at how an organization manages itself and asks the question: Are we doing the right things? in other words is our focus on doing those things that get us closer to achieving our mission.

There are principles of quality that look at how an organization manages itself and asks the question:

Are we doing the right things? in other words is our focus on doing those things that get us closer to achieving our mission.

Are we doing things the right way? Are we efficient and effective in what we are trying to accomplish?

And lastly are we doing these right things (mission focused) the right way (efficient and effective) the first time and every time to ensure predictable results? Read the Full Article →

Employee Wellness – Are You Paying Attention?

Most insurance companies are pushing wellness programs for member organizations. These programs are intended to educate and challenge employees to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Health care has changed drastically over the last couple of decades.  It used to be that healthcare’s mission was to help people get well after they encountered an illness or injury.

That focus is much different today and has shifted to wellness education and prevention.

I worked in the healthcare industry for years, and as an employee of a large health system, I learned the many benefits of diet and exercise. Read the Full Article →

Do Your Employees Call in Sick, When They’re Not?

30% of employees admitted to going to work when they did not feel well so that they could save their sick days for when they felt well enough to enjoy a day off.

A recent World-at Work article, reported an increase in the number of incidents of employees who go to work when they don’t feel good, but turn around and call in sick when they feel well.    

According to this article, 32% of workers who called in sick were not sick at all. This number is slightly higher than a year ago when 30% of employees admitted to going to work when they did not feel well so that they could save their sick days for when they felt well enough to enjoy a day off. Read the Full Article →

Winter – Church Campus Safety

Every church should have a goal of keeping its members, volunteers and employees safe. Part of the preparation for this is being prepared for wintry, wet weather.

The winter of 2014 will probably go down in history as one of the coldest and snowiest in decades!  This winter season has blanketed areas of the United States with snow that rarely see the powdery white substance.

Atlanta was one city that got caught off guard and quickly realized the hazards that come with this type of wintery, wet weather. Read the Full Article →

Do You Have Any Suggestions For This Pastor?

Every church deals with what I call "high maintenance" members. Those people who cause problems and are constantly disrupting an otherwise peaceful environment. These kinds of people cause stress for church leadership, but more importantly they detract from precious time that would otherwise focus on implementing a church mission strategy.

Every church deals with what I call “high maintenance” members.  Those people who cause problems and are constantly disrupting an otherwise peaceful environment.

These kinds of people cause stress for church leadership, but more importantly they detract from precious time that would otherwise focus on implementing a church mission strategy.

I have a pastor who is asking for advice dealing with a difficult church member. Read the Full Article →

Do You Have The Guts to Ask This Question?

An Andy Stanley podcast challenges leaders to ask this one question, – If you were me, what would you do differently? The premise of the challenge is to invite feedback from employees and encourage them to share their perspectives. While this can sometimes be a difficult thing to do, it can make leaders more aware of blind spots or areas of weaknesses that may be obvious to others, but not necessarily to the leader.

I am always looking for inspiring podcasts, and one that I subscribe to is Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast.  The topics they discuss are always relevant, enlightening and practical.  

A recent podcast challenges leaders to ask this one question, – If you were me, what would you do differently?

The premise of the challenge is to invite feedback from employees and encourage them to share their perspectives. Read the Full Article →

4 Ways to Help Supervisors Manage Challenging Goals

There is a study that reveals that when unattainable goals are set, the stress and pressure on supervisors to achieve those goals, increases and it is the employee who pays the price. The research found a strong correlation between a supervisor’s assigned job goals, that were perceived as being too difficult to attain, and reports of abusive behavior toward subordinates.

I recently read an article about a study that uncovers an interesting result of goals that are perceived as being too difficult to attain – abusive supervisors.

This study reveals that when unattainable goals are set, the stress and pressure on supervisors to achieve those goals, increases and it is the employee  who pays the price.

The research found a strong correlation between a supervisor’s assigned job goals, that were perceived as being too difficult to attain, and reports of abusive behavior toward subordinates. Read the Full Article →

Example Church Volunteer Job Description

When writing a church volunteer job description, it is important to answer the following questions – who, what, where, when and how. Simply consider the job tasks that need to be performed, and ask these questions to determine the needed detail for the job description.

Effective volunteer management involves good communication and coordination of job duties.

Like employees, it is important for volunteers to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and given the training and tools to perform job tasks.

A well-run volunteer program will include a streamlined process to recruit, place and train volunteers in a role that best matches their personality, interests and skill-set. Read the Full Article →

Employee Self Appraisal

Employee self appraisals can serve as a very powerful tool for managers. If done correctly, this tool can reveal employee perceptions of the workplace, how it is managed and things that could be done to improve the worker experience.

Employee self appraisals can serve as a very powerful tool for managers.  If done correctly, this tool can reveal employee perceptions of the workplace, how it is managed and things that could be done to improve the worker experience.

As managers, it is important to solicit this kind of feedback and be open to learn from what employees think and use it as a learning experience for professional and organizational growth. Read the Full Article →