All posts from “church management”

Monday Church Management Roundup: 7/7/14

July 7, 2014 8:00 AM

1. Break the shackles of "performancism." "Every one of us (especially church leaders) is addicted to performancism. Yes, I know that's not technically a word. But performancism is a certain mindset that equates our identity and value with our performance....

8 Tips for Dealing with Church Staff and Volunteer Problems

June 17, 2014 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: Sometimes we need to have difficult conversations with those we lead. What's the best way to do it? Or more specifically, what's the best way to do it and not lose quality team members and volunteers? Pastor...

Summer Is Not Vacation Time

June 10, 2014 8:00 AM

Someone recently asked me, "Are you going to take a vacation this summer?" My experience is that the summer season is not a vacation time for many of us who serve on church staff. Late spring is the season...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 6/9/14

June 9, 2014 8:00 AM

What's an employee worth? No surprise here. When employees from a variety of private sectors were asked whether they're paid what they're worth, 42 percent said they receive less than what they deserve, according to staffing firm Robert Half...

Essential Skills for Preventing Burnout: Part 2

June 5, 2014 8:00 AM

In Tuesday's interview, Dr. Gregory Hunt outlined three sets of skills needed to practice resilience in leadership: "thinking skills," capacity skills," and "action skills." Along with fleshing out each of the skills, Dr. Hunted offered a personal example where he...

Essential Skills for Preventing Burnout: Part 1

June 3, 2014 8:00 AM

In the summer of 2009, Dr. Gregory L. Hunt faced a major crisis at the church he pastored at the time. While on a youth event, 23 students and adult sponsors were involved in a bus accident that took...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 4/28/14

April 28, 2014 8:00 AM

A smarter way to buy technology at your church. "With more technologies available in the information age, the number of choices to sort through can feel overwhelming. For many church leaders, the same likely is true—for instance, one list...

The Top 6 Management Conferences for Church Leaders

April 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Leaders are learners, as the saying goes, and in matters of church management, ongoing training and learning are essential for leaders to keep up with legal, financial, and risk management developments. Numerous conferences and live events abound on this...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 4/14/14

April 14, 2014 8:00 AM

Tax season is year round. April 15 may be Tax Day, but as this new infographic demonstrates, tax season really is year round. Numerous one-time and ongoing filing and reporting requirements exist for churches and clergy that can't be...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/17/14

February 17, 2014 8:00 AM

Avoid meeting misfires. "This case illustrates the importance of compliance with notice provisions in employment contracts, bylaws, and applicable nonprofit corporation law. It is a good practice for church leaders to be familiar with these provisions in advance of...

Monday Church Management Roundup

January 20, 2014 8:00 AM

Want to serve your congregation better? Offer fewer options. "The church needs to get back to majoring in what it does best. Modern church bulletins often blend essential church functions and an eclectic mix of opportunities. ... The average...

Monday Church Management Roundup: 1/13/14

January 13, 2014 8:00 AM

Expect some improvement in the general economy. Will it translate to higher levels of giving in local churches? Maybe. Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges to giving in congregations, so a growing economy presumably—presumably—leads to job creation. According...

Why Pastors Neglect Managing

December 31, 2013 8:00 AM

We've made the distinction between leadership and management too stark. Are they separate? Yes. Is there much overlap between them? Absolutely. Is there such a thing as a pure leader, one who never manages? Maybe, though I struggle for...

10 Tips on Managing Church

July 18, 2013 8:00 AM

Recently I had a chance to teach a class of Bible college students about church administration. As I was preparing, I spoke to a close friend of mine who had been an executive pastor at a huge church—and who...

How Your Church Can Leverage Five Trends in Retail

July 11, 2013 8:00 AM

I am currently helping a large, nonprofit Christian retailer go through a visioning process. Recently, a retail consultant led a two-hour meeting I attended. These points are heavily adapted from that conversation with some additional thoughts on how they...

5 Tech Tools to Manage Pastoral Ministry

January 31, 2013 3:05 PM

I'd like to share with you some technological tools I use to help accomplish the responsibilities and demands for my ministry as a pastor. I pray that it will be helpful for you in your stewardship of time. 1....

The 10 Commandments of Church Management

October 25, 2012 11:19 AM

Editor’s Note: Frank and Elaine Sommerville, editorial advisors for ManagingYourChurch.com, presented some of this material on Monday at The Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference in Arlington, Texas. I. Thou shalt not allow the church’s intellectual property to be used for...

Free Church Payroll Webinar Rescheduled

September 11, 2012 3:24 PM

Due to illness, Richard Hammar’s “Prevent Payroll Mistakes—What Churches Need to Know” webinar, which was originally scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, September 12, 2012), has been rescheduled. In an effort to best serve you, we have rescheduled this free webinar to...

When the Church Needs a Doctor

July 10, 2012 8:00 AM

Bill Wilson, president of the Center for Congregational Health and keynote speaker at this year’s annual National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) conference in Houston, Texas, July 10-14, talks about what it means to be a healthy church and...

Church Business Matters

July 5, 2012 8:00 AM

Most ministers have managerial responsibilities, such as budgeting, hiring, supervising, and purchasing, though it seems many church members either do not understand this or harbor doubts about pastors’ competence in these roles. When our interviewees were asked why they...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 6

June 21, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part six of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. Last week we looked at how to properly classify employees who are ministers. Determining the parts of compensation that are taxable...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 5

June 14, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part five of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. Last week we looked at how noncash benefits must count as compensation. Classifying the employees who are ministers is a crucial...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 4

June 7, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part four of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. Last week we looked at how to avoid costly penalties when setting pay. Before an organization can move on to...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 3

May 31, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part three of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. Part one looked at why churches should carefully think through what qualifies as compensation and taxes on compensation. Part two...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 2

May 23, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Today is part two of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. Part one looked at why churches should carefully think through what qualifies as compensation and taxes on compensation. One of...

Compensation Planning for Churches, Part 1

May 17, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared on Elaine Sommerville’s blog Elaine’s Tax Tips for Nonprofits. Today is part one of a multiple-part series reviewing church compensation planning that complies with IRS guidelines. One of the most common areas that...

ManagingYourChurch.com Honored by Press Association

May 15, 2012 2:41 PM

Today's post is a little different than the norm because we have some good news to share. ManagingYourChurch.com received a top honor Friday from the Evangelical Press Association during the organization's 2012 conference. The site received the Award of Excellence--the...