7 Reasons to Write Down Your Church Policies and Procedures

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Churches are birthed out of a desire to help people discover the transformation that comes from learning, and living life based on biblical principles.

Every founding pastor can probably tell you when they first felt this aspiration and how it led them down a path to pioneer a church.  Churches grow when they provide members with solid biblical teaching and discipleship that is supported by structured systems and processes. Read the Full Article →

Sample Code-of-Ethics and Conduct for Church Leaders

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Many organizations create code-of-ethics and conduct statements as a way to communicate established boundaries and set expectations for employee behaviors. This document also serves as a tool to help guide decision making and actions that demonstrate self regulation.

Code-of-ethics and conduct statements are typically developed at the board or leadership level and filtered throughout the organization through training and the new employee orientation process.

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Decision Making Process – 4 Decision Making Tips

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Managing church operations presents many challenges and decision making is at the core of all managerial functions.

There are many approaches to decision making in business management and it is important to have consistency in the managerial decision making process.

There are daily decision that need to be made and a structured process helps to ensure that all decisions are made in a consistent, unbiased and principled manner. Read the Full Article →

2015 Church Planning – 7 Things to Think About


It’s hard to believe but we are already into the 4th quarter of 2014.  As we move closer to the end of the year it might be a good time to think about those things your church should be doing now to plan for 2015.

There is an old saying “If you fail to plan – you plan to fail”.  Planning helps us stay focused on those things that help move us closer to achieving our mission.  

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4 Communication Mistakes Church Leaders Make

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Communication is an avenue to share thoughts and information. Successful organizations understand the importance of good communication because when leadership fails to communicate effectively, issues arise, conflict presents itself and organizational momentum slows.

Everyone has different preferences for receiving communication, but we all crave communication. It is what engages us in our relationships, our employment, and our church.

When employees have a good understand what, and why, things are happening within the church they feel valued and engaged.  Read the Full Article →

Church Mergers – 10 Things to Consider

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I was having lunch with a friend the other day whose church is contemplating merging with another church in their area. Their pastor was approached by the leadership of the other church and was offered the invitation. They have experienced significant church growth and have outgrown their current facility. The other church has a larger facility which makes the merger appealing to them. Read the Full Article →

Church Budget – 6 Reasons to Develop a Church Budget

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God blesses churches with tithing members to provide the resources to do the work of the ministry.  Good stewardship of those resources is a significant responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

Churches that use an operating budget are equipped to target and control spending. Creating a budgeting process can help to ensure that dollars are allocated to those things that help fulfill the church mission and vision. Read the Full Article →

25 Bible Verses About Serving and Volunteering

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We all need inspiration and biblical reinforcement for what we do. Whether that is volunteering for the local church or serving as a church employee, we need to be reminded about what the Word says about what we do.

Here are 25 bible verses that speak to God’s purpose and expectation for us to serve others.  Enjoy!

  1. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”   Hebrews 6:10
  2. “You, my brothers, were called to be free.
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Church Emergency Preparedness – Is Your Church Ready for a Disaster?

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It is difficult to turn on the news and not see a report of some natural disaster or unexpected emergency.  Wild fires, tornadoes, flooding and hurricanes are just a few of the unpredictable disasters that can impact a community – and churches are not exempt from these un-welcomed tragedies.

Preparing for a disaster is one of those things that is difficult to put at the top of the list of all the competing priorities that a church has.

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10 Points to Include in a Church Membership Class

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Not all churches have official membership, but for those that do, there is an increased engagement with members. This is because congregants have a better understanding of the church’s history, why it exists and what it hopes to achieve.

Churches that take the time to develop a new members class have the benefit of interacting with new members and helping them ease into the church community. Read the Full Article →