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 →

How to Set Church Goals

Goals simply map out steps to achieve a strategic objective and do not need to be overly complicated. But, implementation of goals does require discipline and a commitment to follow-through to completion.

Part of the church strategic planning process is setting church goals and objectives.

Goals should be written so they are measurable and should be an outcome of the strategic planning process.

Goals simply map out steps to achieve a strategic objective and do not need to be overly complicated. But, implementation of goals does require discipline and a commitment to follow-through to completion. Read the Full Article →

10 Practices that Safeguard Against Church Embezzlement

The reality check, for those in church leadership, is the realization that easy access, no controls and personal need (or justification) are all stepping stones to church fraud. We all want to believe that the sweet lady who diligently keeps the books would never steal, but the reality is if the conditions are right, embezzlement is inevitable and once it begins it becomes a slippery slope.

I was saddened to read about a neighborhood church, where my kids used to attend youth events, being yet another victim of church embezzlement.

All you have to do is go to your search bar and type in ‘church embezzlement’ and you will find many headlines:

  • Woman pleads guilty to embezzling $300 from Church;
  • Manlius church treasurer’s husband arraigned on embezzlement charges;
  • Treasurer convicted and sentenced for embezzling over $110,000 from church bank accounts in California;
  • Church bookkeeper gets 3 years for embezzlement;
  • Largest South Korean church’s embezzlement scandal just got worse;

And the list goes on and on.   Read the Full Article →

$1,000 Christmas Giveaway!

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We can all use a little extra cash this time of year, so I am really excited to let you know about our $1,000 Visa gift card Christmas giveaway!

We are partnering with some other Christian organizations who have worked together to develop this giveaway, just in time for Christmas!  Entering is easy by just following the instructions below.

Thanks to Our Sponsor

We would like to thank the great people over at FaithWorks Financial for making this giveaway possible.

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Communicating Bad News to a Volunteer

It is never fun being the decision maker for a situation as serious as firing a church volunteer, but church leadership needs to take the time to think through what is communicated, by whom and in what format. Taking these simple steps can possibly save the reputation of the church, but more importantly, the spiritual walk of the volunteer.

I recently had a manicure and pedicure by a delightful woman. We will call her Rachel to protect her anonymity.  When Rachel learned what I did for a living she shared an interesting story with me.

Rachel tearfully shared that she had been fired as a children’s ministry volunteer because of a picture that she was tagged in that was posted on Facebook. Read the Full Article →

Clergy Housing Allowance Going Away?

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I don’t know if you have been following the story about the challenge to the clergy housing allowance made by Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) but this case has been going on for a few years and a federal court has ruled that the clergy housing exclusion is unconstitutional.

Even though this decision will probably go to appeal, it is a big concern for the men and women who work in a clergy capacity. Read the Full Article →

5 Tips for a Successful Church Business Meeting

Most business meetings have a purpose and the first thing to think about when planning an agenda is to answer the question, what is the goal of this meeting?

Many churches meet with members to share information, cast vision or train volunteers.

This is done in an attempt to keep members engaged and is part of a structured communication management process.

These church meetings often share information about what the church has done, how it is performing and what it hopes to achieve in the future.

Business meetings should appeal to members and have a reputation for being well run, efficient and effective. Read the Full Article →

7 Steps to Creating a Customer Service Strategy

Creating a customer service strategy is critical to creating a culture that is service focused. To do this, churches need to incorporate service strategies into church goals which are reflected in employee goals. This systematic approach ensures accountability and follow through.

Churches and nonprofit organizations are becoming more aware of the need to identify who their customers are and strategically taking steps to create a positive experience. In the church, customers can be defined as members, volunteers and employees.

Creating a positive experience for these key customer groups is important because members fund the church, volunteers are the labor and employees facilitate the process. Read the Full Article →