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 →

7 Reasons to Write Down Your Church Policies and Procedures

If you have policies, here are some reasons to write them down!

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

do your church leaders operate with a code of conduct?

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

Decisions can be difficult to make but here are some tips to help make it easier!

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

Have you thought about your church plans for 2015?

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

Do you communicate as well as you could?

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

Is your church considering merging with another church? a few things to think about.

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 →