Church Zoning Basics • Misguided Goals • Submit to Schedules: Management Roundup
Trends, tips, ideas, and stats to help church leaders manage well this week.
Church Zoning Basics • Misguided Goals • Submit to Schedules: Management Roundup

1. Churches and zoning rights. "Cities cannot discriminate against churches. RLUIPA requires that 'religious assemblies and institutions' must be treated the same as 'non-religious assemblies and institutions' under zoning laws. This means anywhere a city permits a community center, theater, or other non-religious assembly, it must also allow a church" ("Eleven Things Churches Should Know about Zoning," by John Mauck,

2. Goals sometimes are misguided. "'We never set goals—that is, in the sense of numerical targets, fundraising drives, or enlargement campaigns. Our one goal is to build big people. Every effort goes into developing each believer in the threefold ministry of worship, fellowship, and stewardship of the gospel.' … I would stay away from the pressure to perform (something I was well acquainted with from the past). I began to discover the joy of (1) finding direction through prayer and (2) watching the fruit of obedience as people grew—and the church did, too. Individual health became apparent in the larger group, and we began to see more progress this way than I had ever achieved through promotional precision and evangelistic programs" ("Why I Don't Set Goals," by Jack Hayford,

3. Set a schedule and keep it. "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. Here is one way:

Stick to your schedule. Don't let yourself veer off the course that you've mapped out. You have a limited amount of time. Don't ruin the schedule. Take your schedule, allow it to guide you, and you'll be able to accomplish more"

("16 Tips for Getting 90 Percent of Your Work Done Before Lunch," by Neil Patel,

4. Set boundaries with your team. "(E)ven if doing everything yourself seems faster, you have to resist the urge. Managers have big-picture responsibilities, from attending staff meetings to setting budgets to assessing your team's performance. When you do your team members' work for them, they don't learn anything, you don't have time for your own work, and you set a dangerous precedent. So have a frank talk with your team about your expectations. Make sure they know you'll support them—but their work is their own" ("First-Time Managers, Don't Do Your Team's Work for Them," by Ron Ashkenas,

5. Notable quote. "The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." —Ronald Reagan (via Jeff Haden,

Stay informed on church management issues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter, Church Management Update.

This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is published with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. "From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations."

Due to the nature of the U.S. legal system, laws and regulations constantly change. The editors encourage readers to carefully search the site for all content related to the topic of interest and consult qualified local counsel to verify the status of specific statutes, laws, regulations, and precedential court holdings.


If you found this article helpful, subscribe to for access to more articles like this one.

Recent Posts
Subscribe to Church, Law & Tax

Receive a customized salary report for up to 18 different ministry positions. Learn how your church should compensate based on size, budget, location, and employee work experience.

Benevolence Fund Basics

Benevolence Fund Basics Subscriber access only

Help your church develop a tax-compliant benevolence ministry.
Your Guide To Employee Handbooks

Your Guide To Employee Handbooks Subscriber access only

If updated regularly, an employee handbook can offer valuable legal protection against civil court claims made by disgruntled staff members.