Whether you are new to your organization or have been there many years, it is important to step back periodically and examine existing organizational philosophies to determine whether they are helping or hindering your ministry’s leadership and objectives.
In doing so, you’re able to determine if your practices are in line with your stated philosophies or if they’re out of line and driven by accepted norms. A lack of alignment often can signal potential vulnerabilities in your church’s financial management.
To determine the effectiveness of the philosophical practices at your church, start by asking yourself the following five questions.
1. What is the tone at the top?
Do your board and management members clearly and frequently communicate their commitment to organizational integrity and high ethical values? Is their behavior unfailingly consistent with those values?
Adherence to established standards, in fact and appearance, should be actively monitored and any deviations quickly addressed and resolved. If you don’t see this commitment in all workers, it may be because they don’t see it in their leadership or know that it is considered to be paramount. It is not enough to talk about it. It must be lived out in day-to-day decisions and actions.
2. Is leadership development encouraged?
Often, leadership development is the responsibility of the individuals interested in developing their skills. This effort, and the growth from it, is recognized through salary increases and bonuses based on demonstrated leadership skills that are appropriate to the employee’s responsibilities. For the best results, leadership development training should be available to all employees. Make sure this training is appropriately allocated to the correct budget numbers.