Staff Care

Jesus used questions to shape his disciples into the leaders he needed them to be. Those same questions can be a powerful means for shaping your staff team as well. One of the most important elements of a healthy church is the staff culture. Whether yours is a...

9 Principles for Creating an Annual Budget in a Small Church

Big churches and small churches design their budgets very differently. While large churches spend their time balancing percentages, designing requisition sheets, and tracking an increase or decrease of giving as one measurement of the church’s health, small churches deal with an entirely different set of issues.

Tax Reform Is Here. Now What?

The federal tax code just got a makeover, and many would argue it was long overdue. Before the law commonly known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was passed by Congress in late 2017, the last comprehensive overhaul to the federal tax code was back in 1986—when Top Gun was film of the year and Ronald Reagan was president! 

4 Steps to Save $10,000 per Million in Tithes

Church leaders are fantastic at achieving many things.  Important things. For example, they excel at conversations that get people motivated, hosting amazing events, incredible messaging and building the church and kingdom - one missionary act at a time...

Granny is Investing in Bitcoin

Granny is investing in Bitcoin…and in Ethereum. She might not understand exactly what digital currencies are, but she has been making money from her investments. Lots of it. Her grandson, Virgil, told her that he had made several thousand dollars...

Why We Fight

Why is conflict so common in congregations? When we ask people what they are fighting about their responses focus on the usual suspects—members’ behavior, money, worship, leadership style, and decision-making. But are these really the deepest causes of congregational conflict?

Have You A Dream Deferred?

What are your dreams? Do you have some? There is a big difference between “dreams” that are really just wishes or hopes versus “dreams” that have some possibilities undergirding them and into which the dreamer can put some effort...

Self Care: It’s not about changing others

Here’s something I learned about church leadership: It’s not about changing others. This was a hard-won lesson for me, after years of trying to do just that. And it was a relief when I finally learned it.

Anatomy of a Data Breach Response

Studies suggest that the median number of days it takes to discover a data breach is 146. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires financial institutions, including colleges and universities, to adopt a comprehensive written information security program (WISP) to deploy on day 146. 

Security in Churches?!

Sunday worship in communities all over America is such a blessing.  Friends and family gather together to worship God as they feel led.  Stories and handshakes are exchanged and people who love each congregate come together...
5 Reasons Churches Should Protect Their Facebook Privacy

Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Capitol Hill last month shined the spotlight on Facebook’s privacy holes and breaches and the devastating impact on an estimated 87 million users and their private information. How does this affect churches and their online social profiles?

Self Care: It’s not about changing others

Here’s something I learned about church leadership: It’s not about changing others. This was a hard-won lesson for me, after years of trying to do just that. And it was a relief when I finally learned it.

Leadership Integrity

Dennis Waitley in his book Being the Best reports the story of Reuben Gonzales, a leading racquetball player. Gonzales reached the final in his first ever professional tournament. Holding match point in the fifth and final game, he made an amazing “kill shot” into the front corner.

New Revenue Recognition Standard - Will it impact me?  

On June 21, 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) 2018-08: Clarifying the Scope and the Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made.

Is Your Organization’s Internal Financial Reporting Process Exactly Backward?

hy is it that in many nonprofit organizations, the top leaders and decision-makers of the organization, who are not accountants, are given the organization’s critical financial information in a format designed by accountants for accountants? 

Accounting Trends and Challenges

Managing church finances involves much more than reconciling accounts or sending out donation receipts. This vital function requires in-depth knowledge of the structure, vision, and future plans of the church. It involves providing not just accurate financial reports but also offering information to help church leaders make wise decisions.

10 Tips for Negotiating Your Cyber Insurance Policy

Cyber insurance provides critical protection against the legal and financial repercussions of a data breach, but policy terms vary widely among insurers. These 10 recommendations will help you negotiate the best terms for your association and stay ahead of the hackers.

5 Technology Advances for Governance Excellence

Technology drives much of what we do today. It impacts so many aspects of church administration. You know that because you are aware of what happens in the office if the server goes down or something happens to the internet connection… absolutely nothing!

Financial Integrity as the Foundation: My Interview with Dan Busby

As we celebrate another National Church Administration Day, I am reminded that without integrity, there is no sound basis for church administration. In all the busyness and complexity of our day-to-day life as church administrators, we cannot afford to forget the foundation of integrity.

Layered Security Approach for Churches

The security industry is receiving an increasing number of requests for various types of security solutions from churches. National news outlets are reporting an ever-increasing number of church vandalism, theft, robberies, and in some instances active shooters on or within church campuses