Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Fin...

May 11, 2017 | Posted by Taylor Overstreet

“May we have the Financial Report?” I’ve heard that request in several congregations I have served as a District staffer and a consultant. The answers often fall into one of these categories: “I don’t have the figures with me. They are pretty much the same as last month. But we are in good shape. All the […]

 

Greater Expectations

December 1, 2016 | Posted by Dominic Rivkin

So here’s how I imagine things went down: John the Baptizer is locked up in a tiny cell. In the deep darkness of this smelly prison, he wonders what has gone wrong. He adjusts his itchy camel-hair tunic and paces back and forth, playing the whole thing over in his head. This crazy call to […]

 

Getting There Together

November 3, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

Years ago I was offered a job teaching in rural Thailand. As usual, teaching afforded me the opportunity to learn more than I ever gave back to my students. Much of what I learned was related to the culture differences between this developing world culture and my native Western society back home in the United […]

 

Be Great At What You’re Great At

September 19, 2016 | Posted by Jeff Meyer

What does Café Du Monde in New Orleans’ French Market, and Hudsons Hamburgers in Coeur d’Alene have in common? Nothing and everything. They know the one thing they do best, and they do it with relentless determination. They have managed over the years to not get distracted by the pull toward the multiplicity of options. They are […]

 

Three Ways to Keep Your Congregation Focused ...

September 15, 2016 | Posted by Todd Jones

As a motorcycle rider, I love leaning my bike into a nice tight, banked curve. Those who don’t ride, and inexperienced riders, may not realize that riding the curves is more of a mental exercise than a technical skill. Yes, you have to know how to control the machine. However, the brain, more precisely, the […]

 

Five Ways to Develop Spiritual Leaders

September 12, 2016 | Posted by Will Miller

A quick perusal of available titles on Amazon reveals that, when it comes to books on church ministry, pastors reign supreme. Though I was able to locate one book on the ministry of church executive assistants to the pastor, most “church secretary” books were handbooks or how-to’s on creating effective administrative structures. Though there are […]