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Planning in an environment and economy of pervasive uncertainty

A part of any planning process is some form of environmental analysis to provide the data-driven foundation on which to craft a plan. This was much easier to do in times of relative stability when one could extend trend lines with some degree of confidence. Today we find ourselves in an environment of pervasive uncertainty as social values shift, the economy is in turmoil, and public policy processes are polarized.

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The legal duty to disclose information to a congregation

The congregation doesn’t have to know everything about church operations.

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When the cat’s away

You’ve heard it said; “When the cats away, the mice will play.” Will they? And if they do, is it a bad thing?

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The Ideas Issue

The editor’s page in the October 2010 issue of Church Executive shared

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The pastor as manager

A dialogue continues among researchers about the differences between managers and leaders. It is clear that there is overlap between the two roles. It is equally clear that some managers do not lead, and some leaders do not manage. A helpful (but ultimately inadequate) distinction is that managers deal with maintaining consistency in the here and now, while leaders work to change the future.

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Green church 2010

As we look at what’s to come in the remainder of 2010 and beyond, it’s a

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Transformational leadership

For the most part, leaders should act in a more transformational capacity. There are times for transactional leadership—a Sergeant under fire in a foxhole needs to use his authority without explaining the “big picture” to everyone.

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Seeking feedback

At Fairhaven Church, we’ve pushed formal performance appraisals to the side in favor of informal coaching. That’s working well for us, but one downside to not having that formal meeting is we may miss the opportunity to get good feedback from our employees

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Church Executive, September 2010, Volume 9, Issue 9

Among the highlights of the September issue is an interview with Frank Santora, Senior Pastor of Faith Church in New Milford, CT. Also, there is an interview with Amy Hanson about ministry for adults over 50.

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CRAZY HEARTS

These are crazy times whether reading e-mails, understanding statistics

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