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.
- The Church Network
- Download your FREE copy of The Church Attorney Legal Audit® System document checklist here, and check out Episode 29 (“Using a Legal Audit to Position Your Church for the Long Haul”) to learn about the importance of a legal audit for your church.
- Episode 31: Equipping Younger Church Leaders, with Dr. Nicole Martin
- “Determining Which Ministry Gets What,” by Gary Fenton
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