9 Best Practice Tips for Managing Church Staff

Managing a church staff is no different than managing employees in other environments and those who manage church employees can benefit from best practices of other organizations.

Managing a church staff is no different than managing employees in other environments.

All employees desire the same things when going to work – regardless of job title or industry. They want to know what is expected of them, they need to be given the tools and resources to perform their job and they want to be recognized and rewarded for meeting expectations and achieving business objectives. Read the Full Article →

14 Leadership Traits

The term leadership is defined as “the ability to lead; an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction.” Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage others.

The term leadership is defined as “the ability to lead; an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction.” Church leadership is about how we behave, communicate and manage others.

This word is used in many forms to describe countless things, but it is ultimately the act of leading a group of people in a shared direction.

To be considered a leader, you have to have people who will follow you. Read the Full Article →

What are Meeting Ground Rules?

Meeting ground rules are simply an agreed upon list of behavior expectations for team members while participating in a meeting. They help to hold everyone accountable for behaviors, so they can stay focused on the task at hand.

A friend was looking at her work calendar and sighed because she had a week with lots of meetings scheduled.  She continued to vent frustration about attending meetings that were unstructured with rude people.

Technology is a wonderful thing but the (negative) impact it has had on meeting productivity is significant.

There was a time not too long ago when meetings didn’t have the challenge and distraction of ringing cell phones, beeping text messages, emails on laptops or news updates on IPads. Read the Full Article →

25 Inspiring Bible Verses About Leadership

Leading people requires a very different skill set than those needed for managing the work of others. A leader is someone who brings people together and guides them toward a common goal. They set the target, the pace and the culture within an organization.

Leading people requires a very different skill set than those needed for managing the work of others.

A leader is someone who brings people together and guides them toward a common goal. They set the target, the pace and the culture within an organization.

They are a constant presence of calm within the storm and an encourager of those they lead. Read the Full Article →

Practical Guide For Using Guiding Councils in Your 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.

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

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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 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

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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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