Blog - Page 2 of 215 - Church Executive


The decision of a lifetime: 4 reasons you can’t afford to opt out of Social Security

By Don McLeod, CFP® During the first two years of your ministry, you will make the decision of a lifetime — whether or not to opt out of Social Security. This is a hot topic in ministry circles today, and everyone has a personal opinion on the matter. But what does it really mean to […]

Read More >

Best employment practices for houses of worship

Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA — in partnership with Church Mutual Insurance Company — discusses harassment, hiring practices, terminating employees, and wage/overtime rules compliance. Do common employment laws extend to every employee? Sommerville: Some of the laws that we’re going to talk about apply even if you have one employee, while other laws that we’re going […]

Read More >

Friendly from the outside in!

Communication tools church members, guests & seekers appreciate What are some indications that your phone system isn’t up to par for members, guests and seekers? Goodling: One sign that might go unnoticed is when people just stop calling the church. Because we’re more social media-inclined these days, they’ll send a Facebook message or text, out […]

Read More >

3 things you must do to cultivate generous givers in your church

Jim Sheppard, Principal of Generis — a consulting firm that helps churches to inspire and cultivate generosity through giving development coaching and strategy — talks about the best way to create an environment of giving. What role does a pastor need to play to encourage giving? Sheppard: The pastor must lead the way. Generous churches […]

Read More >

Is your facility too hot, too cold, or just right?

By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB As an architect, I notice my surroundings more than the “average bear.” And lately, trends in youth ministry interior design bring to mind Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some spaces are too hot, some are too cold, and some are just right. I’ve seen church facilities take a […]

Read More >

How to cultivate a generosity culture when all you want is a nap

By Matt Johnson     So, how is your holiday season going? If you’re in some sort of vocational ministry, you might have a complicated response to that question. While those around you are merrymaking, you might want to take a nap. Don’t feel bad. It’s okay to admit that the holiday season is especially […]

Read More >

Steps 2 & 3: Design & Deploy

Shane Skaggs, Chief Design Officer at Mankin Media Systems, talks about how to make your A/V system dream a (practical) reality. In this first series installment, we talked about Step 1: DREAM. What denotes a movement to Steps 2 & 3 — DESIGN and DEPLOY — in the A/V system design process? Skaggs: Once the […]

Read More >

Planning the annual church budget

By Rev. Dr. Perry Hopper & Rev. Dr. Sara Day The annual budget planning process can bring feelings of unease and concern for pastors and church leaders. The reality is that it costs money to do ministry effectively, and a carefully thought-out budget demonstrates a commitment to the missional goals of the church. We know […]

Read More >

How to make your recreation spaces as engaging as possible

 By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA If you look up the definition of “recreation,” you will see something along the lines of activities done to relax, have fun or simply done for enjoyment when one is not working. It is the re-energizing of our strength and spirit.  Today more than ever, we need […]

Read More >

So, what exactly is planned giving?

By Michael Prior, J.D. Giving. From the earliest days of the Gospel, funding the mission of the Church has been a necessity. It’s so vital, even the original 12 required a treasurer. And for centuries, the faithful have answered the call of contribution through sacrifice or abundance … from one pocket. This pocket contains our […]

Read More >