Church Business Practices are a Witness—Good or Bad
How you run the business of church speaks loudly to your community.

Editor's Note: Christianity Today recently reported that a church refuses to pay mortgage payments for expansion and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, even though it has the money to make its monthly payments. The president of the Association of Christian Economists thinks churches need to remember the way their actions affect others. Rich Kirkpatrick shares how church staff should remember this on a day-to-day level too, especially with how it relates to how others view the body of Christ:

After serving in ministry leadership as a paid staff member for over 20 years of my life, I have observed some very disturbing practices that go on in many church offices. These are the kind of things that we dare not whisper, because they actually are quite embarrassing. Many who work in ministry, including myself, are culpable to some degree.

Sometimes, it seems our workplace ethics stink in the local church.

The average churchgoer thinks of church as what happens each Sunday morning when the songs are raised and sermons preached. But often, the overlooked business the church conducts during the week is far from ideal.

Continue reading "Bad Business, Bad Witness" on our sister site, BuildingChurchLeaders.com.

Have you heard or experienced some of these same situations?

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