All posts from “ministry”

Safety Awareness: Building the Right Team

April 24, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the all-important ministry issue of safety awareness. If you missed the last three weeks' blog posts on the top concerns...

Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual

April 17, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the important—and sometimes overlooked—issue of safety training in churches. (If you missed the last two blog posts on the top...

Youth Ministry Survey Reveals Communication Breakdown

February 11, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company have released findings of a joint research project—Youth Ministry in America. The study, based on responses from more than 800 youth ministry leaders across the United States, highlights key findings on the...

Four Things to Consider Before Starting a Food Pantry

December 3, 2013 12:15 PM

Whether it's an encounter with a homeless person begging for food, a stint volunteering at a soup kitchen, participation in a canned food drive, or just watching a commercial about children starving in a third-world country, most people have...

How Safe is Your Church's Youth Ministry?

October 7, 2013 8:00 AM

As a parent, I was particularly struck by this passage from Richard Hammar's Essential Guide to Youth Ministry Safety: Middle school- to high school-aged students are inexperienced and vulnerable when it comes to physical and emotional boundaries. This can...

When Copyright Violations Cost Churches

August 20, 2013 8:00 AM

Church leaders may not realize it, but common practices conducted in worship services and through website updates may put their churches at risk for copyright violations. Fines are assessed by the violation, including attorneys' fees, meaning a church that violates...

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....

When a Sex Offender Wants to Attend Church

October 18, 2012 8:00 AM

How would your congregation react if they knew a convicted sex offender was worshipping among them each Sunday morning? This controversial question is something congregations across the country are currently asking themselves. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Experts recommend...

Drafting a Conditional Agreement for a Sex Offender

August 23, 2012 8:00 AM

When church leaders learn a sex offender is in their midst, their response typically is one of the following three: Do nothing. They just don’t know what to do. Total exclusion. They choose a blanket policy prohibiting a registered offender...

Why Thursday Deadlines Make for Better Sundays at Church

July 24, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Engage by Nelson Searcy and Jason Hatley, with Jennifer Dykes Henson (Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, 2011): The first church I pastored was a small Baptist church in...

Setting Boundaries for Sex Offenders to Attend Church

July 12, 2012 8:00 AM

Set Free Christian Fellowship in Medford, Oregon, recently received a letter from its insurance provider that outlines requirements for allowing known sex offenders to attend the church. Stipulations include fully disclosing the identity of sex offenders to the 100-member congregation,...

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...

8 Ways Churches Are Using Pinterest

June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

Imagine if you had access to the world’s largest bulletin board—a place where you could exchange ideas and images from around the globe. That’s one of the major benefits of the increasingly popular website, Pinterest. Unlike sites such as...

Trademarking the Church

February 9, 2012 8:00 AM

Editor’s note: Two stories that garnered recent, widespread media attention have put the spotlight on churches and trademarks. Mars Hill Church in Seattle recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to another church over the use of a name and logo...

Tax Scammers in Person

September 21, 2011 8:00 AM

The most common way tax scammers seem to work is through e-mail. Countless e-mails arrive daily in inboxes claiming a tax refund is available. Many tax scammers have become less shy recently, according to a recent IRS news release...

IRS Revokes Tax-exempt Status of Church-run Agency

June 23, 2011 8:00 AM

If your church runs a nonprofit agency, you may want to check this state-by-state list of 275,000 organizations whose tax-exempt status was recently automatically revoked by the IRS. Most organizations on the list no longer exist but some still do....

What's a Congregation Worth?

April 28, 2011 8:00 AM

As cities and counties continue to eye possible taxes and fees for churches and religious organizations, interesting new research from The University of Pennsylvania's Ram Cnaan examines the economic value of a congregation to its surrounding community. Using information...

When the Bank Says No

March 17, 2011 8:00 AM

Rejection is no fun under any circumstance. It can be especially disheartening for a church when a lender rejects its initial loan application for a capital construction project. But the first "no" does not necessarily doom your chances to...

Illegal Immigrants in the Church

March 15, 2011 8:00 AM

Late last year, we released "Illegal Immigrants in the Church," from Church Law & Tax Report. In it, Richard Hammar and Ann Buwalda, an immigration attorney, review the details on what churches need to know about immigration law as...

The Fall-Out from 'Natural Decrease'

March 3, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Update (4/26/2011):The Nonprofit Quarterly pointed this morning to a Boston Globe article reporting 40 of the city's largest nonprofits, with property valued at $15 million or more each, have received letters from the city "requesting them to make...

Food Safety for Church Holiday Meals

November 25, 2010 8:00 AM

If your church is planning a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, don't let bad food spoil a good time—learn how to safely prepare and store foods by reading the article "Simple Tips for Food Safety at Church Potlucks" and the...

A New, Free Tool for Calculating Church Staff Salaries

November 18, 2010 8:00 AM

One of the best resource books for determining church staff pay, The 2010-2011 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, now offers a free, easy-to-use tool for church leaders. The "Free Compensation Handbook Worksheets Download," walks church leaders through The 2010-2011...

Finding Grants for Church Building Campaigns

November 4, 2010 8:00 AM

Are there corporate or foundation grants available to fund your church building campaign? There may be, depending on who you serve and how church facilities are used. Your best chance of securing this kind of funding is if your...

One Church, Many Congregations

October 14, 2010 8:00 AM

A recent article from our sister publication, Leadership Journal, covers the rapid growth of Christ Together, a network that developed in the Chicagoland area after pastors of several different congregations saw an opportunity to partner with each other to...

Small Churches = Big Impact

October 7, 2010 10:15 AM

Brandon O'Brien, associate editor for our sister publication Leadership Journal, has written a new book, The Strategically Small Church. In this work, he seeks to demonstrate how small churches are uniquely equipped for success in today's culture. Ed Stetzer...

Determining Which Ministry Gets What

September 30, 2010 10:45 AM

"Pastor, we don't have a budget. We just do what the Lord leads us to do." These words were spoken to me soon after I agreed to be the preacher at a small rural congregation, which used seminary students...

Can Finance People Be Ministry Minded?

September 14, 2010 8:00 AM

Why do committees so often act in a way that seems indifferent to and sometimes impedes ministry? The following practices may explain much of the problem: —People making financial decisions are removed from firsthand involvement in ministry. —People who are...

A Fast (and Free) Way to Assess a Church's Health

August 19, 2010 8:00 AM

"Recent church assessments, such as Natural Church Development, Church Health Assessment Tool, Transforming Church Index, and REVEAL's Spiritual Life Survey, are very helpful—if your church has the time, money, and motivation to hire a consultant and/or get people to...

Part 4: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

July 1, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. In a four-part series that started three weeks ago, he explained what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 3: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 24, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. In a four-part series that started two weeks ago, he explained what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 2: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 17, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization. Last week, we published the first in a four-week series on what Fairhaven sought to...

Part 1: Doing Staff Reorganizations Well

June 10, 2010 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: Paul Clark, the Operations Pastor at Fairhaven Church in Ohio and a Contributing Editor to Your Church, recently underwent a major staff reorganization, and reflected on the changes through his blog, http://visionmeetsreality.org. Starting today, and continuing for the...

Protect Your Ministry with an Employee Handbook

June 1, 2010 8:00 AM

Every ministry, no matter how small, could benefit from maintaining an employee handbook. A proper handbook defines what you expect from employees and what they can expect from you. By following a few simple tips, your ministry handbook can...

Should Churches Buy Fair-Trade Coffee?

May 18, 2010 8:55 AM

Last week, we published "Weighing Fair-Trade Coffee," on YourChurch.net, the home website for Your Church magazine. We became more interested in this topic several months ago, after Kevin Miller connected with Troy Jackson, pastor of University Christian Church in...

What Churches Should Know about IRS Form 990-N

May 13, 2010 7:00 PM

(Editor's Note: Since posting this on May 14, the IRS has issued a statement urging small nonprofits to still file, even though the May 17 deadline has passed). We recently fielded a question from a reader regarding the Internal Revenue...

Stetzer: Churches Struggle with Fostering Young Leaders

February 11, 2010 8:30 AM

Recently, LifeWay Research surveyed pastors about the church's leadership development and mission. We asked them to rate their agreement in the following three areas: 1) Investing in leaders through the church The survey asked pastors to respond to this statement:...

6 Trends in 2010 for Grants

February 10, 2010 8:00 AM

If your congregation plans to seek grant funding for programs in 2010, keep in mind that the grants picture has changed quite a bit in the past 12 months due to the economic downturn. As I research local (Minneapolis-St....

How One Question Can Make the Recession an Ally

February 8, 2010 8:30 AM

During this season of economic turmoil and ambiguity, one question may have the power to bring clarity—and better priority-setting—for the churches where executive pastors, business administrators, and pastors serve. That question: What exactly are we trying to accomplish? David...

Top 10 Leadership Books from 2009

January 27, 2010 2:00 AM

Pastors and church leaders are bombarded by the myriad books published every year and don't have the time and resources required to sift through, purchase, and read all that are of interest. For this reason, Leadership journal (a sister...

Church Budgets: How Much for Staff, Buildings, and Ministry?

November 11, 2009 2:13 PM

Paul Clark, one of Your Church's contributing editors, wrote an interesting post this week on his blog. Paul is an executive pastor who at one time spent several years in a managerial role with General Electric. His business background...

10 Questions to Ask About Your Church’s Communications

November 5, 2009 10:23 AM

Editor’s Note: Scott Vaughn, a church communications consultant, recently posed these questions in a discussion forum for church administrators. Vaughn, whose firm helps churches and faith organizations, is quoted extensively in “Bringing Joy to the World: A communications strategy...

Fast Ideas for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

October 27, 2009 1:11 PM

I'm live at the Cultivate Conference '09 in Chicago today (see my other updates on Twitter: @MattBranaugh). This gathering of a couple of hundred church leaders primarily focuses on communication inside and outside of church walls, but one of the...