1. Creating a church risk management strategy. "The starting point in a value-based strategy is to facilitate dialogue, storytelling, and reflection. The key first questions are not 'How should we do risk management,' or 'Why should we do risk management,' but 'As God's people, what should we care about? . . . What do we care about?' A discussion that revolves around these issues can help values to surface that open the door for acts of caring and safety. In turn, that provides the foundation for risk management. Consider how the following questions might facilitate a dialogue on managing risks:
- As you look to the future, what can we do together as a group to multiply God's blessings, to express his care, and to fulfill our duties as good shepherds to his people?
- When you look around at what God has done in our midst together, what gives you the greatest sense of joy? As a leader, how do God's blessings shape your feelings and attitudes about your responsibilities to this congregation?
- In what ways can we use and maintain the facilities, equipment, and resources we have to further glorify God and to provide for the future needs of this ministry?"
(Church Board Guide to Developing a Risk Management Strategy, ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com).
2. What type of money mentality does your church have? Pastor Gary Fenton says there are typically five types of money mindsets among churches:
"1. We're a Family Church. The priority is thrift.
2. We're an Entrepreneurial Church. The priority is investing for impact, embracing risk.
3. We're a Non-Profit Church. The priority is following the established decision-making process.
4. We're a Corporate Church. The priority is getting approval from the big-picture people.
5. We're a Mixed-Economy Church. The priority is a bit complicated"
Read more in his Leadership Journal classic, "How Your Church Feels about Money."
3. Remember more by opening your posture. "Body language researchers Allan and Barbara Pease report a fascinating finding from one of their studies: When a group of volunteers attended a lecture and sat with unfolded arms and legs, they remembered 38 percent more than a group that attended the same lecture and sat with folded arms and legs. To improve your retention, uncross your arms and legs. If you see your audience exhibiting defensive body language, change tactics, take a break, or get them to move—and don't try to persuade them until their bodies open up" ("10 Powerful Body Language Tips," by Carol Kinsey Goman, amanet.org).
4. Use rewards to spur personal productivity. "You can get 90 percent or more of your work done in the morning. Around the time people are groping for the next shot of caffeine, you're shutting down. Try this tip:
Reward yourself at a certain time. Set the clock—a countdown timer if you have to. At a certain point, you're going to stop. So, stop. Break out the kazoos, throw some confetti, and do your happy dance. It's time to reward yourself"
("16 Tips for Getting 90 Percent of Your Work Done Before Lunch," by Neil Patel, inc.com).
5. Notable quote. "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." —Les Brown (via Lolly Daskal, inc.com).
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