Content is written by Rev. Mike Hunter Recent events on the Texas Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Harvey reminds me of my time-serving churches affected by Katrina, Rita, and Ike almost a decade ago. Safety first. Don’t put your staff and members in harm’s way. Be safe and support your staff in finding safety until it … Read moreFrom my experience with past storms…
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 moreYou Have to Ask – 5 Steps to Asking for Money
Stories of financial impropriety are unfortunately not uncommon in the church. Just this morning another news story came up on my Google alerts – Woman accused of embezzling nearly $80K What do you do to prevent similar instances in your congregation? There are tons of resources to help start this conversation: Council of Non-Profits – Internal Controls … Read morePay Attention: Internal Controls
We all have them. Distractions. Some can be anticipated: phone ringing, office visitors, emails. But some can’t: power outage, tension or conflict, family emergencies, noise. In the church, there should be a theology of distractions. Some distractions invite us to share God’s grace and love in unexpected ways with each other (think Good Samaritan). But … Read moreHOW TO: Manage Distractions
In church administration and stewardship, one of the current buzz words is “narrative budget”. It is a counter argument to the traditional accounting budget with line items and balance sheets. It is a great tool to make the numbers on the accounting page gain life and legs as you tell the story of ministry. The … Read moreCreating a Ministry Budget: A Living Narrative
Sooner or later, the church (and its leadership) have to deal with a vendor or service provider. Most of the time, the vendors are great, prompt and offer good service/product. Occasionally, such is life, the church will have to handle that instance where contracted services are late, are poor quality, or the providers are disrespectful and … Read moreHOW TO: Deal with Bad Customer Service
Many of us are making sacrifices to attend these great opportunities to learn and grow, some of us are looking forward to reconnecting with colleagues and friends, most of us have work requirements in addition to the educational components, and all of us need to find some balance between working and resting.