Can I Google applicants?


Social media has become the major form of communication for a large portion of the population. An even larger percent of people are “dabbling” in it.


How to reach and lead the millennials


The millennials – those born after 1980 – constitute the new mega generation.


Navigating high turnover

In the Washington, D.C. area, we have found that there’s a high turnover rate within our church lay ministry leadership.


How to deal with ex-offenders


Develop a policy in the context of discipleship and full reconciliation.


Quick to listen, slow to hire


Church people often are quick to admit that they’re not perfect.


Common but costly compensation errors


The issues surrounding compensation for key employees have grown more complex.


How to keep your youth pastor


Conventional wisdom says that the average youth pastor stays only 18 months.


Achieving a strong staff


It’s been said that the three most important rules of real estate are “location


Make sure your staff has a chance at a dignified retirement


Retirement. We all hope one day to do it. As church and ministry executives, you likely want to make sure you can offer your employees a competitive, robust retirement plan at a reasonable cost to your bottom line. But how do you know if your current plan is on the right track, or, if you don’t have one yet, how to choose the right one? “Establishing employee benefits is a very important consideration for any church or ministry and its employees,” says Dixie Beard, director of business development at GuideStone Financial Resources. “But before rushing into establishing an employee retirement plan, it is important to establish your ministry’s objectives, such as meeting your moral obligation to employees, evaluating your cultural environment and establishing cost parameters.”


Employees need appreciation in churches too


We even have a special month for pastor appreciation (October). Gary Chapman and Paul White has written The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (Northfield Publishing/Moody Publishers), and Church Executive asked the authors to apply their concepts to the church. Dr. Chapman is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC, and has served as senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in that city for 40 years.