Practical Guide For Using Guiding Councils in Your Church

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. These knowledge experts should be steered by the board and used to facilitate a decision-making process that benefits 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 →

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 →

8 Tips For Conducting Stress Free Performance Evaluations

There are not many people who will tell you (honestly) that they like conducting performance evaluations. But, performance evaluations, that are done right, can be a positive experience for employees, particularly if there is a reward benefit to performing well.

There are not many people who will tell you (honestly) that they like conducting performance evaluations.  But, performance evaluations, that are done right, can be a positive experience for employees, particularly if there is a reward benefit to performing well.

The performance appraisal process should be an ongoing system that climaxes with the employee evaluation and raise distribution. It should be a time of reflection, celebration and thinking forward. Read the Full Article →

Flowcharting – A Quality Management Tool for the Church Administrator

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 data and objectivity. Flowcharts are one of those tools!

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 data and objectivity.  Flowcharts are one of those tools! Read the Full Article →

10 Elements to Church Event Planning – How to Plan a Successful Event for Your Church

Events and churches have long gone hand-in-hand because church families enjoy time together and often seek out ways to gather as a group. So whether it is the annual church picnic, monthly pot-luck dinner or a church anniversary celebration, having a template for event planning is critical to facilitating great church events.

Events and churches have long gone hand-in-hand because church families enjoy time together and often seek out ways to gather as a group.

So whether it is the annual children’s vacation bible school, church picnic or a church anniversary celebration, having a template for event planning is crucial to facilitating great church events.

Most events entail the same elements that can be part of an event template and the planning simply requires thinking through the details of each element.

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6 Reasons to Debrief From a Church Event

There are always things that are learned when facilitating a church event and taking those valuable tidbits of information and using them to improve the next event is a great way to be continually improving your events.

Most ministries are really good at planning, gathering volunteers and hosting church sponsored events.

There are always things that are learned when facilitating a church event and taking those valuable tidbits of information and using them to improve the next event is a great way to be continually improving your events.

Debriefing from a big event captures the moment and takes advantage of the combined knowledge and experience of everyone involved. Read the Full Article →

7 Steps to Planning Your 2015 Vacation Bible School

Planning church events can be fun and stress free as long as there is detailed planning and lots of hands to help. This means taking the time now to get your event organized will ensure a smooth running event.

Spring is in a few short weeks which means that summer is just around the corner.  As the snow begins to melt, and the tulips start to show off their spring colors, your team should be well on its way to planning your summer vacation bible school.

Planning church events can be fun and stress free as long as there is detailed planning and lots of hands to help. Read the Full Article →

6 Tips for Preparing Your Church for Easter Sunday

Easter is one of two days a year that people who don’t regularly attend church will come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection. This is also a time of year that people recommit and make an attempt to get back to church. The church can help this process by being prepared and welcoming when the floodgates of visitors arrives on Easter morning.

While much of the country is still waiting for those piles of snow to melt, everyone is excited about spring and with spring comes one of the most important days of the year in the church – Easter Sunday!

Easter is one of two days a year when people who don’t regularly attend church will come and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.  This is also a time of year that people recommit and make an attempt to get back to church.   Read the Full Article →

6 Church Financial Management Tips

The unpredictable economic climate has created budgeting challenges for many organizations, and the church is no exception. This creates the need for churches to find help figuring out the best way to manage their limited resources.

The unpredictable economic climate has created budgeting challenges for many organizations, and the church is no exception.  This creates the need for churches to find help figuring out the best way to manage their sometimes limited resources.

Church leaders are often challenged with ensuring there is continued funding to support current programs and fixed operational costs. This can be difficult because the financial needs of a church can be significant, and juggling limited resources can be stressful. Read the Full Article →