Administration

A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders
Planning a productive (and short) meeting in which everyone gets a voice.
A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders

For many church leaders, meetings have become a way of life. They discuss strategy, rally the troops to talk about an upcoming event, and meet with the deacon board to plan a building expansion.

There are a few problems with this way of life, however. Meetings tend to ramble ...

Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Evangelicals Write to Trump • Transgender Bathroom Case • Pot Shops and Churches: News Roundup

Evangelical Leaders’ Letter to Trump. “In a highly unusual move, several conservative evangelical leaders took out a full-page advertisement in Wednesday’s Washington Post to denounce President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees, saying ...

Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Salary Reductions • Boundary-Setting • Unliked—and That’s Okay: Management Roundup

1. Exercise caution with salary reduction agreements. “Many churches have established ‘salary reduction agreements’ to handle certain staff expenses. The objective is to reduce an employee's taxable income since only the income remaining after the various ...

Job-Hunting Well • 360-Degree Feedback • Getting Empathetic: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Job-Hunting Well • 360-Degree Feedback • Getting Empathetic: Management Roundup

1. With ministry job searches, don’t covet. “As pastors, we all have times when we feel stuck. Like Moses, we say (in effect), ‘What am I to do with these people (Ex. 17:4)?’ We’re begging, ‘God, get me outta here.’ There were times ...

Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Pay • Co-Worker Conundrum • Saving Time: Management Roundup

1. Setting fair pay for church pastors and staffs. Setting compensation packages for pastors and staff is a bit like Goldilocks' experiences with seeking perfect porridge. Churches can't pay too much (too hot!), given the budget constraints they often face and the potential ...

Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Payroll Audits • Getting Clarity • Leader Energy: Management Roundup

1. New payroll audit protections for churches. “In the past, the IRS did not apply the protections of section 7611 to ‘employment tax inquiries’ in which the IRS sought to determine a church's compliance with payroll tax reporting requirements. The current ...

Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk in 2017
Why church leaders should assess the way they collect and record money.
Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk in 2017

Editor’s Note: In a podcast on the 10 major trends for churches in 2017, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe of LifeWay talk about financial fraud in churches and offer valuable insights for church leaders on the subject. We've highlighted part of this podcast.

Jonathan: ...

How Often Should Church Leaders Meet?
Determining the best times to set meetings.
How Often Should Church Leaders Meet?

Church leadership meetings should happen as often as needed, but never more often than necessary. The specifics of that will change depending on many factors, including church size, location, frequency of services and ministries, polity, and more. But here’s how my church ...

QuickBooks at Church • Punting Passivity • Team Teaching: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
QuickBooks at Church • Punting Passivity • Team Teaching: Management Roundup

1. Making QuickBooks work for churches."Some accountants cringe at the name QuickBooks. However, I believe that if you are aware of the possible shortcomings and create a couple of good processes, you can use this software package successfully within your church. Here is ...

Social Media Checklist to Begin the Year
Social Media Checklist to Begin the Year

The beginning of a year is an ideal time to refresh and update your personal and church social media accounts. Sometimes it’s necessary to make either important updates or subtle adjustments. In any event, your online presence will benefit from an annual inventory of your ...

Substantiating Contributions • Stuck Ministries • Growing Others: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Substantiating Contributions • Stuck Ministries • Growing Others: Management Roundup

1. Substantiating 2016 charitable contributions. "Churches should take the following two steps to ensure compliance with the requirement that their written acknowledgments to donors be contemporaneous: (1) issue contribution receipts as soon as possible after the close ...

Funding Fixes • Church Platforms • Seeking Laborers: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Funding Fixes • Church Platforms • Seeking Laborers: Management Roundup

1. Funding unexpected repair jobs. "Every air-conditioning unit, every piece of carpet, every window, every light, and the entire roof will need to be replaced at some point. It's vital for leaders to recognize all of it needs to be replaced sooner or later. And setting ...

The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017
Training across the nation to gain knowledge in financial, legal, and risk matters.
The Top Church Management Conferences for 2017

A number of conferences are available for those who work with legal, financial, and risk management matters for their church. Here are some we recommend:

1. 2017 XP-Seminar

This event, led by XPastor.org founder David Fletcher, educates and encourages executive pastors, senior ...

Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Productions • Online Giving • Sacrificial Leadership: Management Roundup

1. Who owns volunteer-created material for church productions? "This case illustrates the Copyright Act is very clear about who owns something when it is created. Think of church volunteers. It may be a volunteer worship leader or a volunteer Sunday school teacher. A volunteer ...

Firing a Volunteer • "Church Growth" No More • Confident Decisions: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Firing a Volunteer • "Church Growth" No More • Confident Decisions: Management Roundup

1. When you have to let a volunteer go. "When determining whether a volunteer should be released, it's important to be aware of scapegoating. If a ministry or event is spiraling toward disaster, it's easy to point fingers and lay blame. It may well be the volunteer ...

Collaborating Churches • Ministry Confidence • Costly Disorganization: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Collaborating Churches • Ministry Confidence • Costly Disorganization: Management Roundup

1. Collaborating churches do benevolence better. "Under the silo effect, the church wastes hundreds of volunteer hours on duplicated efforts. Church­es become easier targets for con artists. The food pantry and used clothing inventory requires con­stant monitoring ...

Outsourcing Church IT • Building Trust • Breakthrough Decisions: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Outsourcing Church IT • Building Trust • Breakthrough Decisions: Management Roundup

1. When to outsource church IT needs. "Though it depends on how often small- to large-sized churches use graphics in their communications or A/V in their worship ser­vices, it seems the people most often sought for insourcing have great strengths in these disciplines. ...

Improving Search Engine Optimization for Church Websites
And why this matters for your church.
Improving Search Engine Optimization for Church Websites

When I start talking about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), most people’s eyes glaze over. Let me explain it in plain language. People use search engines (like Google) to find things on the internet. Most modern browsers allow you to type what you are looking for right ...

"Comp Time" Conundrum • Sustainable Ministry • Better Meeting Agendas: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
"Comp Time" Conundrum • Sustainable Ministry • Better Meeting Agendas: Management Roundup

1. Why "comp time" can't replace overtime pay for church employees. "While you can't give employees future 'comp time' instead of overtime pay, you can adjust schedules within a workweek to prevent employees from incurring overtime. For example, ...

Planning for Facility Repairs and Ongoing Maintenance
Facilities expert says ignoring facility issues can be extremely costly in the long run.
Planning for Facility Repairs and Ongoing Maintenance

Kevin Folsom is director of campus operations at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. He previously served in a similar role with Dallas Theological Seminary for 25 years and has been active 20 years with APPA, an association of higher education facility officers. Folsom ...

Protect Your Staff from Sexual Harassment

Protect Your Staff from Sexual Harassment

Learn how to create a sexual harassment-free environment in your ministry.
Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Essential Guide to Children's Ministry Safety

Understand and implement best practices to protect kids in your ministry.