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

After Background Checks: What’s next?

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA Step 1: Have all staff and volunteers do regularly scheduled (every two years is best) background checks. Step 2: Uh…….???? This is a situation facing many of our communities and congregation. We have heard, repeatedly, “You must do background checks!” but then after we take that step we are … Read more

Stop Being the “Best Kept Secret”

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA If I have heard it once, I have heard it a hundred times. “My church is the best kept secret in town.” I have even said it a few times myself. I wonder how that got to be a statement of pride. If our ministry mandate is, “Go therefore … Read more

Administration Aware: Gender Pay Gap

Thoughts by Rev. Micah James, CCA As administrators and leaders, we have influence in the important conversations of the church. As a female administrator and minister, I have been very fortunate that for most of my experiences in ministry have been outstandingly positive. I have been compensated well, treated with respect, and encouraged to teach … Read more

How to: Choose a Financial Reporting Tool

Content by Rev. Micah James, CCA Finances – an unavoidable part of the stewardship and administration of ministry. We need to be able to communicate them in a transparent and accessible way to our community. For years congregations have been using many tools to communicate the resources gathered for and used in ministry. Before we … Read more