Administration

Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
Promote collaboration across church staff with these key reminders.
Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
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A church IT worker’s job includes protecting the church from cyber threats. However, this protection—such as restricting the ability to download software—can feel too confining to staff members, and this can cause tension. There are ways IT workers can help ...

Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
What churches can take away from the controversy surrounding George Cardinal Pell.
Top Aide to Pope Francis Faces Sexual Assault Charges
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George Cardinal Pell—senior Roman Catholic prelate in Australia, Vatican treasurer, and aide to Pope Francis—faces charges of sexual assault.

Pell has denied the veracity of the “multiple charges” from “multiple complainants,” according to ...

Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Employee Discrimination Lawsuit • Spending Order Dissolved • Parking Lot Plane Crash: News Roundup
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Former Music Director Loses Discrimination Lawsuit. “[Colin] Collette, the music director at Holy Family Catholic Community in Inverness, [Illinois,] was with the parish for 17 years before he was let go in 2014 after announcing he was engaged to his same-sex partner. ...

5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
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Giving is often a difficult topic for pastors to discuss with their congregations. The common worry is that no one likes to be told how to use their money. But donations are vital to keep the local church running effectively.

The Barna Group shares that only 5 percent of the ...

What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work.
What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
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The sometimes trying and stressful nature of the pastorate can easily weigh pastors down if they’re not careful.

Karen Miller is well aware of these difficulties. As a pastoral coach, she comes alongside pastors and leaders to help them tackle the challenges associated ...

9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
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It’s May—and that means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School.

Is your church ready for this big event? Has your children’s ministry team started preparing? If you haven’t thought about it yet this year, ...

Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
How to navigate the process smoothly and with minimal problems.
Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
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Kevin Donohue spent decades building networks for wireless companies before switching sides to represent landowners through his work with Tower Genius—a consultant firm that helps churches, businesses, and private citizens with lease agreements. He spoke with ManagingYourChurch.com ...

Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?
How fax technology has changed, and what this means for churches.
Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?
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Fax machines are still operating in many churches. When churches move to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, they often have the hardest time letting go of fax technology.

Fax is a digital scan. The difference is in how it is transmitted—or, rather, in how it ...

5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
How your church can take steps toward awareness and prevention.
5 Free Articles for Child Abuse Prevention Month
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Did you know that child sexual abuse is the number one reason churches are sued? This is a big issue in the church—and, unfortunately, an issue that is rarely discussed. When it comes to a topic like child abuse, a natural response is to believe it could never happen in ...

Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Parking Lot Shooting • DOJ Hate Crime Task Force • Parking Lease Lawsuit: News Roundup
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Kentucky Church Security Cameras Record Parking Lot Shooting. “Louisville Police continue to investigate a shooting that happened Saturday night . . . Security cameras at the Church of Truth . . . captured the moment when the victim's car crashed into senior pastor ...

Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
Church Bus Crash • Presbyterian Lawsuit • SCOTUS ‘Church Plan’ Case: News Roundup
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Church Bus Crash in Texas Kills 13. “The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. . . . Department of Public Safety ...

The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
What a church must consider before buying or leasing.
The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
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Vonna Laue is an expert on church finances. She served 20 years with a CPA firm focused on churches and ministries and is an editorial advisor for Church Finance Today. Here, she offers advice on navigating the complex world of copier leases and purchases.

What advice would you ...

Largest US Protestant Denomination Reports Rise in Pastor Salary, Decline in Benefits
What a study from the Southern Baptist Convention shows about changes in pastors' pay.
Largest US Protestant Denomination Reports Rise in Pastor Salary, Decline in Benefits
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The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) biannual “SBC Church Compensation Study” revealed that compensation for full-time senior pastors within their denomination increased by 3.4 percent over the past two years, placing it well above growth rate for the consumer ...

ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
This week’s headlines that affect churches and church leaders.
ACA Repeal Concerns • Church Camp Rape Lawsuit • Embezzlement and Zoning: News Roundup
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Many Ministers Concerned About Repeal of Affordable Care Act. “Like most Americans, ministers and their families are facing exploding health-care costs. And for many clergy, the resulting frustration and stress comes on top of the long hours and low pay associated with ...

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...

Preparing Your Church for Any Emergency

Preparing Your Church for Any Emergency

Learn disaster management techniques and create your response strategies
Starting a Food Pantry

Starting a Food Pantry

Establishing a food pantry might be an effective way to make a difference.