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 →

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 Keys to Church Growth

Church growth is not about competing with the ministry down the street but more about developing the people God has planted in the local church to be used by God with their unique gifts.

Growing a church requires a vision, thought and strategy.  Successful churches are those that follow a God-given vision and mission, define the  steps to get there and implement their strategic plan.

The beauty of the body of Christ is that God uses everyone in a slightly different way and those unique qualities, that each church possesses, is what God uses to create a beautiful tapestry of churches.

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Does Your Church Need a Public Relations Strategy?

The church represents Christianity and has the responsibility for making that representation reflective of who Christ is. And, one way to do that is by giving back to the community and maintaining a positive public image.

The term public relations is defined by PRSA as:

“A strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.”

But, do churches really need to manage public relations?  Should they care about building relationships with its members and the community?

The answer is yes.  The church represents Christianity and has the responsibility for making that representation reflective of who Christ is. Read the Full Article →

7 Steps to Implementing Church Strategy

Fulfilling a church’s mission requires taking the time to develop a strategy, planning the steps to get it done and management of the process. Managing the process requires identifying who needs to do what, by when and holding them accountable for what they are responsible for doing.

Fulfilling a church’s mission requires taking the time to develop a strategy, planning the steps to get it done and management of the process.

Managing the process requires identifying who needs to do what, by when and holding them accountable for what they are responsible for doing.

A strategic plan is only as effective as the goals that are written to implement it.And, goals are only as effective as the people who are responsible for completing them.   Read the Full Article →

4 Steps to Church Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is an important part of the creation, development and growth of any organization. Ministries that are interested in church growth are not exempt from planning. Church planning helps the organization map out strategic steps to achieve its mission and vision.

Strategic planning is an important part of the creation, development and growth of any organization.  Ministries that are interested in church growth are not exempt from planning.

Church planning helps the organization map out strategic steps to achieve its mission and vision.

Churches can experience a level of success without a plan, but those who invest the time and resources into developing a specific strategy and plan can achieve success at a much quicker pace.

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6 Tips For Managing Church Facilities

Managing a church facility is very similar to managing any other type of building or campus. The only difference being churches often use volunteer labor to help get the job done.

Managing a church facility is very similar to managing any other type of building or campus. The only difference being churches often use volunteer labor to help get the job done.

This approach provides volunteers with opportunities to give back to the ministry and allows the church to maintain its campus with a limited church budget.

Churches can be very busy campuses with activities going on almost daily.  

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How to Set Church Goals

Goals simply map out steps to achieve a strategic objective and do not need to be overly complicated. But, implementation of goals does require discipline and a commitment to follow-through to completion.

Part of the church strategic planning process is setting church goals and objectives.

Goals should be written so they are measurable and should be an outcome of the strategic planning process.

Goals simply map out steps to achieve a strategic objective and do not need to be overly complicated. But, implementation of goals does require discipline and a commitment to follow-through to completion. Read the Full Article →

Is Your Church Culture One of Trust or Suspicion?

We know that trust is important in all organizations, but it is also one of those things that is difficult to measure or define. When trust is ingrained in the organization, daily operations run smoother than when a culture of suspicion exists.

I don’t know if you listen to Andy Stanley’s leadership podcasts or not but if you don’t it is a great resource for church leaders. Anyone who has ever listened to Andy knows that he is a great communicator and addresses many of the challenges church leaders face every day.

One of his recent podcasts titled, Trust vs Suspicion is a great teaching on how to steer a church employee culture toward trusting that others are doing the right thing and encouraging employees to demonstrate behaviors that warrant trustworthiness. Read the Full Article →

Do You Have a Strategic Approach to Goal Achievement?

Every organization faces the many challenges that come with balancing the day-to-day job responsibilities with achieving goals that help take the organization to the next level.

Every organization faces the many challenges that come with balancing the day-to-day job responsibilities with achieving goals that help take the organization to the next level.

Organizations advance to the next level by achieving objectives that are determined by a strategic planning process.

These objectives are articulated through well written goals that are filtered throughout the organization.  However, there needs to be a strategic approach to ensure goals are accomplished. Read the Full Article →