Podcasts Episode 38 | 20 min | January 23, 2024

Releasing Sacred Cows and Engaging New Operations in the New Year

Erika Cole and Denise Craig talk about releasing sacred cows as leaders seek new ways of serving their churches.
Church Law podcast with Erika Cole

As a new year begins, it’s time to look at releasing the sacred cows in your church. 

What’s a sacred cow? It’s holding to anything that has become established and continues without question year after year, without evaluating its effectiveness. With 2024 underway, now is the time to evaluate systems and programs that have grown stale, ineffective, and burdensome and find new ways to reinvigorate the operations of your church.  

In this episode, Erika visits with Denise Craig, chief executive officer of The Church Network, a national professional association of church business administrators. Craig explains the dangers of sacred cows to a church’s mission of spreading the gospel.

Whether it’s worship styles, service times, committee structures, church software, or more, leaders often fall victim to a “this-is-how-we’ve-always-done-it” mentality.

And that’s problematic, especially if a church isn’t growing spiritually. 

Erika and Denise discuss how to release sacred cows, and turn a congregation toward newer and better ways of fulfilling their unique callings. 


Questions? Comments?  We welcome them! Please contact Erika Cole at erikacole.com. Erika reads each comment and may answer your question in an upcoming episode.

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Erika E. Cole, Esq., known as The Church Attorney®, is the creator of The Church Attorney Legal Audit® System, a proprietary legal audit process that helps church leaders be confident they are operating with integrity, and avoiding costly risks. She serves as a senior editorial advisor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com.

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