In our Council, we're looking at establishing minimum pass vote percentages for various issues. One that has caused some discussion is the vote by the congregationn on office bearers. Currently, Council prepares a list of candidates to present to the congregation. The congregation then votes on...
Today you are paying bills for the church. You have the statement from an organization that shows seven orders but you only have four different invoices from members to back up the statement. Where are the other three? Who ordered the material? Sunday School? Deacons? Youth Group? Missions? Coffee Break?
As we sat at a table in the Worship Center with the countdown to worship on the Power Point, I was excited to worship. The music was led well and then the message started with a You Tube video entitled God’s Pie. Once again I was reminded that God uses money and possessions as a test of our faith and trust in Him alone.
What would your ministry budget look like if you were able to cut your energy use for your church building 10%? Many of us would like to accomplish additional ministry priorities but the church income from our members has not increased much the last couple years. What if we could help our church this fall by participating in a task force that would review energy management and hopefully cut some energy use and costs?
Last week at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit Bill Hybels announced that Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, had to withdraw from speaking at the Summit. This was at least partly in response to a petition started to boycott Starbucks if he did not cancel. The petition claimed that Willow Creek Community Church is anti-gay. One of my friends who was at the conference was struck by how well Willow handled the situation. What was Bill's prayerful response?
How do we best get local compensation data for church secretaries, administrative assistants, youth directors, custodians, Kids Hope directors, music directors, and a variety of other very important staff positions at our churches?
Canadian churches refer to PAR or "Pre-Authorized Remittance" as a way to give through an automatic monthly withdrawal from their bank account to their church. In the US, I usually hear this called "Electronic Funds Transfer."
We've talked before about some churches who use PayPal as a method for people to give to church. Usually the church sets up the account so the payer will pay the service fee. Do you know anything about an entity built on PayPal called Pay It Square?
Christianity Today recently posted a story of the hacking of computers and loss of $680,000 from St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines last month. You likely don't have that much money in your church account, but are your bookkeepers and treasurers careful enough so that something like this doesn't happen to your church?
Is the Alban Institute on your subscription list? This week the post challenges us to think of new ways of organizing ourselves if we really are interested in change. One idea is to think of the organization as a bowl instead of a pyramid. Another idea is to think of the organizational chart with v's symbolizing openness rather than boxes.
Some churches like to talk about volunteers serving the church. I would prefer to think of it as members serving the church. My pastor challenged me to think this way.
I am interested in sample forms to include in our church's constitution that outline our stand and refusal to perform same sex marriages.
I have searched several resources and have not been able to find any such sample form.
Is it neccesary to involve a lawyer to draw this up to have...
The denominational employees recently completed their annual performance reviews. I don't know anyone who likes to complete evaluations although feedback is important. So I was struck by a recent Alban Institute article on Teams and Performance. The author suggests that we should be constantly reviewing organizational performance
Two years ago your youth pastor asked if the church could cover her cell phone costs related to her church work. You agreed that the youth pastor needed texting and a cell phone and covered the costs. Now your Senior Pastor and Congregational Care Pastor use their cell phones a lot for church related work also. Should the church have a cell phone policy? How much do you cover on each of their cell phones?
The Alban Institute recently posted an article by Susan Beaumont on "Determining Ideal Board Size." Susan recommends that the ideal size for our governing bodies should be down to five individuals to provide for the most effective problem solving. This made me think about the size of ministry teams like
How do you organize your volunteers?
Does anyone know of good online volunteer management software available to churches? Preferably free or low cost and allows volunteers to assign themselves and others to task in the case of a switch.
As I flew home this weekend through a lightning storm and heard of tornado touchdowns, I was reminded that natural disasters don't just happen somewhere else. How can we be smart and be prepared? How much preparation is enough? If a tornado hit our church facility, what would have been done by leadership to prepare for such a disaster?
Check out this job opening for a chief financial officer at Calvin Seminary. Do you know someone (maybe yourself?) that may be interested in this position?
Ministers' Pension Plan church assessments are likely to increase approximately 15% starting July 1 if approved by synod. I immediately thought of what this would do to a mid-year church budget. How is your church planning to handle this proposed increase mid-year?
We all desire healthy communication but we often fall short of the goal. Sometimes we need a reminder of healthy communication habits. In my folder of blog ideas, I have six tips for "How to Clean Up Bad Communication Habits." These tips include the following ::
Are other Canadian CRC congregations and maybe also Canadian churches of other denominations facing the same issues as our congregation with regard to getting licence/permission to show DVDs or videos in church?
Most DVDs or videos that we purchase at stores are sold for viewing by...
US churches may qualify for a "health insurance credit" for 2010 if they file for the refund by May 15, 2011. The credit is up to 25% of the cost of qualifying health insurance premiums. This is defined as the premiums paid directly or reimbursed to church employees.
On Sunday our members received a letter in their mailboxes from Pastor Paul. It started with "I want to share with you a courageous leadership decision made by our Administrative Elders and Deacons and subsequently endorsed by the full Council. In spite of a budget that continues to show deficits, we decided to step out in faith and pay 100% of our pledges
I was talking to a fellow member on Thursday afternoon in between one funeral and the Maundy Thursday dinner and we were struck by how the church had been the intense center of life that week for our church family.
The subject of "nominations" has recently surfaced in a forum on the Pastors network and was covered on the Church Administration network last spring. A recent post on the Pastor Network is asking churches for more information on their process as he studies the nomination process in churches.