Growing your Church – 7 Keys to Church Growth

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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?

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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

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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 →

Church Planning – 4 Steps to Church Strategic Planning

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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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Church Facilities Management

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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

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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?

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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 →

Strategic Approach to Goal Achievement

Steps 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.

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 →

Advantages and Disadvantages of Performance Management

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I went to a conference earlier this year and rode the airport shuttle with one of the conference instructors.  When he learned that I was also attending the conference, we began talking about all sorts of things but performance management (PM) and more specifically performance appraisals (PA) came up.  He had very strong feelings about why he thought performance appraisals were a waste of time and ultimately added no value to the employee or organization. Read the Full Article →

8 Best Practice Tips for Church Staff

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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.  Employees, regardless of job, job title or industry, desire the same things when going to work.  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 →