Human Resources Archives - Church Executive


Cleanliness is next to godliness: 5 deep-cleaning strategies for religious facilities

By Brian Miller “How clean is my church?” It’s a thought that might not have been top of mind for many before the pandemic. Now, however, it’s a critical question that deserves an accurate answer. Church cleaning came under the microscope over the past year due to the spread of COVID-19 among congregants. The Centers for Disease […]

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SPRING 2021: Churches reopen their doors and reconnect with their congregations

By Karen Wolf Mass notification systems help communities navigate the path to normalcy Christians throughout the world recently celebrated Holy Week and Easter for the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the progress made with vaccinating the public has boosted many churchgoers’ confidence, gathering in-person is still beyond the comfort zone of many of […]

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The Employee Retention Credit: an overview for ministries

By Mark Landrigan, CPA Nonprofit churches, schools, colleges, camps and ministries are among those who could benefit from a payroll tax credit that offers financial relief during the coronavirus pandemic. Here is an overview of the federal Employee Retention Credit, its eligibility requirements, and how to claim the credit. What is the ERC? The Employee […]

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How religious leaders can prioritize emotional and mental health during the pandemic and beyond

With 41% of Americans reporting symptoms of depression or anxiety attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder religious leaders also are feeling more stressed than ever before. Many of you are facing heightened needs from your members and the community while also managing personal stressors — balancing family needs, financial concerns and an increasing […]

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Who will make your decisions if you are medically incapacitated?

By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® If you become incapacitated by either illness or injury, who will make your decisions?  This is something that we don’t normally think about, especially if we are young and healthy. But even though it might be a bit unsettling to picture yourself becoming incapacitated, it is a stark reality, […]

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April is Abuse Prevention Month: avoiding mistakes — especially related to reporting — plays a major role

FALSE ALLEGATIONS: An Uncommon Occurrence By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris As sexual abuse attorneys working in the realm of sexual abuse and assault for more than three decades, we provide guidance to organizations and individuals who are navigating sexual abuse issues. In the majority of scenarios, an underlying allegation has come to light which […]

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Excerpt: ALIGNED INFLUENCE: BEYOND GOVERNANCE

  Have you noticed the uptick (or at least increase visibility) of governance failures in churches and other Christian organizations?  When the failure came to light at the Willow Creek Church in 2018, a letter from the Elders to the congregation stated that this was a clear failure of their governance practices and they were […]

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Portable room dividers: adding flexibility in a church

By Katie Albrecht In the church, it’s not only the people that make the experiences great but also the use of the facility. The facility itself is a wonderful resource that if used properly, can bring in new members and funding. For that reason, your church space needs adaptability to thrive. Here’s how Screenflex Portable […]

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PEER-TO-PEER CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE RISK: Protecting Children from Other Children

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Where child sexual abuse is concerned, peer-to-peer abuse provides the curveball of sexual abuse risk. To recognize and address it properly, a ministry must be watching for it. Common fact patterns Peer-to-peer sexual abuse — children molesting or abusing other children — unfolds in predictable patterns. Some years ago, […]

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Leading during disruption: 2020

No one was — or could have been — prepared for what was coming with COVID-19. But, for better or worse, there’s no substitute for experience. In this spirit, we asked several church executives who have graced our cover in the past few years to reflect on leading during disruption. How have they and their […]

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