Great Christmas Video

by Patricia December 19, 2012

This is a great example of a creative way to reach the world!  What is your church doing to share the message of the season? Enjoy!

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Volunteer Application Process

by Patricia December 12, 2012
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  The volunteer application process is significant because it speaks to the credibility of the organization.  An efficient process helps volunteers feel confident with getting involved and helps to keep the application information organized. There are many pieces to the application process and each step should be part of an overall process that prepares for [...]

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Flowcharting – A Quality Management Tool for the Church Administrator

by Patricia December 5, 2012
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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 [...]

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How Often Should We Run a Criminal Background Check On Volunteers?

by Patricia November 28, 2012
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  I recently had someone ask me how often they should run criminal background checks on volunteers.  I’m of the opinion that 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 [...]

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What I am Thankful for Today

by Patricia November 22, 2012
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  I love this time of year! I live in the Midwest so I am able to enjoy the beauty of autumn and the anticipation of entering into a new season.  I know a lot of people who dread fall because the new season tends to be cold.  I don’t necessarily like the cold weather, but I [...]

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Church Security – Are Your Members Safe?

by Patricia November 14, 2012
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When I was young, I remember church being a place where the door was always open and visitors were welcome anytime of the day or night.  It was a safe refuge for those who just needed some time in prayer and reflection.  Church security was unheard of. Over the course of the last couple of [...]

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8 Tips for Being a Great Manager!

by Patricia October 24, 2012
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Anyone who has ever been in a management position, understands the challenges that come with managing employees. Managers have the responsibility of helping employees develop job skills and holding employees accountable for completing job responsibilities. Being in a management position requires an aptitude for dealing with the many diverse aspects of interacting with employees and [...]

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Appraising Church Leadership

by Patricia October 17, 2012
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  Appraising church leadership is just as important as appraising church employees and accountability for achieving objectives is what drives performance. Church leadership should be evaluated the same way employees are and given measurable targets to achieve.  Goals are only as effective as the person who is responsible for achieving them and completing church performance goals [...]

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Do Churches Have Customers?

by Patricia October 10, 2012
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  Businesses understand that it is the customer that buys their product and and ultimately pays their salaries.  The church is beginning to recognize the importance of meeting the needs of visitors, members, volunteers and employees.  These vital customer groups make up the church and without them there is no church.  Congregants fund the church, [...]

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Does Your Church Have a Mission Strategy?

by Patricia October 3, 2012
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I have a reader who has been been appointed to a new role, “Ministries of Trustees” position who recently asked for advice on preparing to meet with their pastor. “I am meeting with our pastor. He’s been reviewed by the Ministries and by the session, but I thought it would be courteous and smart to [...]

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