Monday Church Management Roundup: 2/10/14
Five trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
  1. Set clear boundaries to protect pastors and staff from affairs. "'It began in counseling.' Sometimes the word 'transference' is used to describe what can happen in counseling. The counselor or counselee becomes the object of attraction instead of one's spouse. One or both of the parties see the other as something his or her spouse should be" ("Seven Warning Signs of Affairs for Pastors and Other Staff," by Thom Rainer, thomrainer.com).

    Get more help for church counseling through Keeping Your Counseling Ministry Safe, a downloadable resource on ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com.

  2. Staff Infections. "According to a new OfficeTeam survey, seven in 10 (70 percent) professionals admitted they frequently go to work when they're feeling sick. And managers are aware of this issue: Sixty-five percent said that ailing employees head into the office at least somewhat frequently" ("The Work Bug," OfficeTeam, roberthalf.com).

    For more help with juggling office dynamics, check out Protecting Against 5 Pitfalls of Church Work, a downloadable resource on ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com.

  3. Before you hire a consultant. Five potential problems emerge when businesses hire consultants. Churches might stand to gain by probing prospective consultants on these fronts, too:
    • They substitute perception for reality. "If your consultant traffics heavily in high-level theories and complex concepts, it might be worth your while to raise an eyebrow."
    • They sidestep tactics. "Many consultants are experts at burying an absence of real tactical advice under many layers of fancy-sounding fluff."
    • They put their brand before yours.
    • They rely on the tried-and-true.
    • They present themselves as experts ... on everything.

    ("5 Ways Consultants Can Kill Your Business," by Michael Schein, Inc.)

  4. Ten great ways to kill vision and momentum. Chris Lagerlof shares ten ways churches blur their vision and lose steam. One in particular stood out: lack of evaluation. His recommendations to correct it:
  5. Do as Nehemiah did. Take time to pause, reflect, evaluate, and make mid-course corrections. Evaluation helps you do the following:

    • See your progress
    • Identify solutions for obstacles and challenges
    • Celebrate what has been accomplished
    • Rest and recharge
    • Identify needed resources
    • Make shifts in strategy and planning
    • Rally the troops
    • Recast the vision

    ("10 Common Vision and Momentum Killers," by Chris Lagerlof, XPastor.org). Check out XPastor's upcoming conference in Dallas.

  6. How to keep "to-dos" from becoming "to-didn'ts." Deciding in advance when and where you will complete a task can double or triple your chances of actually doing it. Add a specific when and where to each task on your list. For example, 'Call Bob' becomes 'Tuesday after lunch, I'll call Bob from my desk.' By creating a specific plan for calling Bob, you can seize the critical moment and make the call, even when you're busy doing other things. You've already done the hard work of deciding what to do–now you can execute the plan without consciously thinking about it" ("HBR Guide to Managing Stress at Work," hbr.org). For more help on this topic, check out Organization and Time Management, a downloadable resource available on ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com.

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