All posts from “church office”

9 Key Guidelines for Staff Meetings

August 14, 2014 8:00 AM

The first church where I served as pastor many years ago only had seven regular attending members in the early stages of my ministry there. I still had church staff meetings, even though I had no paid staff, and I...

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....

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...

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...

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: 1/27/14

January 27, 2014 8:00 AM

Small is the new big for churches in 2014. "There will be a greater emphasis on smaller gatherings more frequently. This trend is being affected significantly by the preferences of the Millennial generation (born 1980 to 2000). A related...

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...

8 Tips for Preparing the Church Bulletin

November 12, 2013 8:00 AM

One of the tasks I have serving on the church staff is to help produce the bulletin every Sunday. The bulletin, or "program" as some places call it, lists the events of the day and week as well as...

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...

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....

Why Multitasking May Fail Us

January 29, 2013 8:00 AM

By their nature, church offices present numerous temptations to multitask. For pastors, there are unexpected office visits and phone calls, budget reports, and board meeting preparations, all on top of sermon writing, long-range planning, crisis resolutions, the occasional emergency—and...

Do Members Have a Right to Inspect Church Records?

November 27, 2012 8:00 AM

This article is taken from Richard Hammar’s Essential Guide to Liabilities and Duties for Church Boards eBook. For this eBook and other cutting-edge eBooks for church administrators, boards, and clergy, view our online catalog. Church members have no inherent...