Administrative Basics: Reading Is a Must

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA As leaders, sometimes we forget that one of the most important things we can do is continue to learn. In an age where continuing education budgets are being slashed, we need to find creative ways to learn as much as we can on a tight budget. Books … Read more

Administrative Basics: Managing Workflow

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA One of the greatest struggles in a work day is navigating the day-to-day flow of information. Every day we are bombarded with more and more information and every month it feels as if there is a new platform in which that information comes to us. We have … Read more

Administrative Basics: Understanding Financials

Content is written by Rev. Micah James,  CCA According to the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, “If you can read a nutrition label or a baseball box score, you can learn to read basic financial statements.”[1] In every ministry leader’s tenure, there will be a moment where they will need to understand the financial position … Read more

Administrative Basics: Leading A Meeting

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Welcome to a new content series entitled, “Administrative Basics”. It is always important to brush up on the basics of administrative ministry. In this bi-weekly series, we will share some of the best practices in the basics of church administrative ministry. Leading a Meeting There is an … Read more

The In-Person Meeting Is Important

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA This week I am attending The Church Network 61st National Conference in the Washington, DC area. According to the TCN Conference website, the conference is described as such: Our 61st Annual Conference is an engaging, thought-provoking three-day event offering you multiple ways to network with church leaders, find … Read more

You Have to Ask – 5 Steps to Asking for Money

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Recently I was having a conversation about stewardship, fundraising, and finances with a colleague in ministry. As usual, the conversation turned to budgets and the 1st quarter. “How is your church doing?”, my colleague asked. “Fine,” I replied. As it is with most conversations between ministers, we don’t … Read more

Follow Up: How One Pastor Guides Above the Noise

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA Earlier this week, I shared a chat with Mark MacDonald inspiring and encouraging us to talk above the noise. In God’s beautiful timing, as I was pondering this topic and considering how a community might communicate this attitude, my friend Rev. Dr. Katie Hays posted a pastoral letter to … Read more

Talking Above the Noise – Chat with Mark MacDonald

Content is written by Rev. Micah James, CCA In her book, Less Clutter. Less Noise, Kem Meyer prophetically claims that “a person needs to be reachable before they’re teachable.” In this age of constant communication and even more noise, I wanted to know how churches could communicate better. I also wanted to see how churches could … Read more

Pumpkins, Pies, and Poinsettias.. OH MY

REMEMBER:  Please refer to your local CPA and/or Attorney before major action. Take this information to inform yourself and your church setting so that accurate, legal and responsible action is taken. It seems as soon as the calendar turns to October 1st, the fundraiser flyers triple in my mailbox. From pumpkins, to pie, and to … Read more