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 →

6 Things To Consider When Members Stop Donating

Depending on the culture and teaching of a particular church the percentage of members that actually tithes varies. According to a Barna study 5% of adults qualify as having tithed—giving 10% or more of their annual income to a church or non-profit organizations. Among born again Christians, 12% tithed in 2012.

I had someone ask me recently how to handle church members who were no longer making donations to church. This person asked if it was appropriate to contact the member and simply ask the question.

I kind of cringed when they said this because this is one of those potentially awkward and volatile situations that needs to be handled very thoughtfully, gently and prayerfully. Read the Full Article →

Who Makes Church Decisions?

Church decisions should be made based on the mission of the church, the strategy for achieving that mission and corresponding goals to implement strategy. Decision makers are those who have day-to-day responsibility for completing goals.

I recently had an email from a reader asking “who should make the decisions at a church”?  This is a loaded, but great question!

Churches are lot many other organizations in that people have opinions and can have strong feelings about how things are done. The tensions that arise as a result of church decision making are healthy – but often challenging. Read the Full Article →

Critical Success Factor Examples

A quality improvement tool that many organizations use is Critical Success Factors (CSF) which are indicators that measure how well an organization is accomplishing its strategic plan and objectives.

Whether you are managing a restaurant, nonprofit organization or a church, it is important to know that you are focusing on those things that help move the organization forward and achieving results.

Anyone who manages an organization understands how challenging it is to stop the day-to-day tasks and check to see how well the organization is performing.

It has been said that what gets measured, gets done but finding an easy way to evaluate how the organization is doing is what keeps many in leadership from doing so. Read the Full Article →