3 Ways to Manage Church Conflict

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There is a common phenomenon in the church today. People get offended, conflict arises and people leave the church. Very often there is miscommunication, or no communication, and when there is a gap in information people fill in the blanks. Oftentimes what they fill the gap with is inaccurate or untrue.

I had a pastor recently share about a member who left the church because they didn’t agree with a purchase that was made – a purchase that was approved by the board. Read the Full Article →

Is Your Church Culture One of Trust or Suspicion?

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I don’t know if you listen to Andy Stanley’s leadership podcasts or not but if you don’t it is a great resource for church leaders. Anyone who has ever listened to Andy knows that he is a great communicator and addresses many of the challenges church leaders face every day.

One of his recent podcasts titled, Trust vs Suspicion is a great teaching on how to steer a church employee culture toward trusting that others are doing the right thing and encouraging employees to demonstrate behaviors that warrant trustworthiness. Read the Full Article →

Do your employees like working for your church?

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Churches have a business model that is very different from other organizations. Members fund the operation, volunteers do the labor and employees facilitate the process. This model creates a unique employee experience which merits focus, attention and care.

People who work for a ministry do so because they feel called. This calling gives them the grace to work through the many challenges that come with being a church employee.   Read the Full Article →

Pastor or Boss – Do you Know When to Change Hats?

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Leading a church congregation can be very challenging because of the tender balance between pastoring and leading members toward a shared vision.

Church leaders are sometimes challenged with knowing when to operate in one of two roles – pastor or boss.  I ask leaders the question – Is this a boss issue or a pastor issue? In other words, which hat needs to be worn to deal with this issue – the pastor hat or the boss hat? Read the Full Article →

Church Employee Compensation Strategy

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People who work for churches do so because of a calling and deserve the same compensation as someone working in any other type of organization.  Churches that are large enough to have a paid staff should intentionally consider the pay and benefits their employees receive.

Church boards should develop a compensation strategy that lines up with the overall strategy and mission of the organization. Read the Full Article →

3 Reasons to Explain Church Policy

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As most of you know my husband and I recently moved from St. Louis to Naples in an effort to escape the cold and on a quest to find out what the next season in our lives will bring.  As part of that quest we have been looking for a home church.

There is a church we have visited several times and are getting close to taking the step of joining. Read the Full Article →

Does Your Church Host a VBS?

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I was an adult when I became a Christian and didn’t have the Vacation Bible School (VBS) experience as a child. I knew kids who went to VBS but I was never invited to attend.

Interestingly though, any adult Christian that I know can speak to their childhood VBS memories.

Since I’ve been a Christian I’ve had the honor of being a part of a great VBS and can see the benefit of investing the time and resources into this great summer event for kids. Read the Full Article →

Who Makes Church Decisions?

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

The tensions that arise concerning church decision making are healthy.

Pastor Rule: A pastor feels called of God and tries to implement a vision God has given him for the church.

Members Rule: Church members tithe and have an interest in how those tithe dollars are spent. Read the Full Article →

Do These 10 Adjectives Describe Your Church?

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As many of you know, we have relocated to southern Florida and have been on a quest to find a home church.

Through this process I have learned more about what I personally am looking for in a church and have come up with ten adjectives that describe a church that is doing things in a way that makes me want to attend. Read the Full Article →

8 Time Management Tips

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We can all agree that there are not enough hours in the day and often wonder how the day gets by without accomplishing more.  Time management is a skill that is difficult to master but can be done with a little planning and focus.

As church leaders and employees we know that our salary is paid through the tithes of others making it even more important to manage the precious time that we have.   Read the Full Article →