Let’s face it. In many cases our modern churches have become much more than just a gathering place to worship. We have added daycare, schools, coffee shops, bookstores, free wi-fi, etc., etc., etc. Now there is nothing inherently bad with these things, and for the most part they are great tools for reaching new people and providing Christ centered education for our children. However, who is responsible for keeping these things operational and when do we get back to the church being a group of believers assembled together to worship God?
Today, I’d like to focus on maintaining balance in Your Church. The statistics are staggering:
- Pastors have the second highest divorce rate of any other profession.
- 40% of pastors and 47% of spouses are suffering from burnout, frantic schedules, and/or unrealistic expectations.
- 45% of pastors say that they’ve experienced depression or burnout to the extent that they needed to take a leave of absence from ministry.
- 80% of pastors say they have insufficient time with their spouse.
And the most Staggering Statistic:
I have always been in awe when reading stories of business owners, executives and other leaders that talk about only getting 3-4 hours of sleep per night. I am in awe as I wake up dreary from my 8 hour nightly nap. How are they able to function on such little sleep? And, the more important question, what are they doing with the 20+ waking hours they have at their disposal?
One commodity which levels the playing field for every man, woman, boy and girl no matter what race, religion, creed, color, class or…you name it… is that we are all given 24 hours in a day equally. How we choose to use that time is what separates each of us.
How do you use the time you’ve been allotted?
I realized a few months ago that I was spending a lot of time on activities, processes and work that really didn’t offer me profitable, tangiable and relevant results. I sure looked busy, and was very involved, but when it came time to account for the time I was not producing results.
I am hoping to present a multi-part series this week about balance. One consistent trend we are finding when meeting with pastors is that most, if not all, are responsible for wearing many hats at their church. The days of the pastor only being the spiritual leader of the church have passed. Modern pastors are now responsible for much more.
With a large, growing number of clients, we have had many experiences both good and bad. I’d like to start today with your church’s web presence. Our society now communicates online. The average age of Facebook users is 38 and Google receives billions of search queries per day. It doesn’t take long to see that your presence on the web can be a crucial component to communicating your message.
If you are a new visitor to our site, you may be asking what exactly it is that we do to help. Let me tell you a story about a church we recently helped in a big way.
A few weeks ago, we got a call from a church that we spoke to several years ago. When we met with the church, we gave them our opinion on certain things that they were doing that they really shouldn’t be. For example, they were operating without a budget and the pastor was the only person signing checks. We prepared a budget for them and advised the pastor to appoint someone else to sign the church’s checks.
A few years went by, and we heard from them again. Not much had changed: they were still operating without a budget and the pastor was still the only person signing the checks. This time, though, they were definitely in need of our services. They had been renting part of another church but had found a new building that they wanted to buy. The only problem was that since they didn’t have a budget, they couldn’t provide the bank with the financial statements they were requesting. So they asked us to come alongside them and help them get this loan.
We went through three years of bank statements for them to figure out how much money had come in and how much money had went out. We were able to recreate their information and assign every amount that was spent to a line item on the new budget we prepared for them. We were then able to prepare a budget for next year based on the last three years’ information.
Going forward, we will be keeping the books for this church. At the end of every month, we’ll be able to tell them how much money they spent and where it all went, something they didn’t know before we came along. We even created some new forms for them to use that will make things much easier for them.
How do we help? In what ever ways we can. Whether it be by getting the word out about your church by creating a website for you, or helping your church control your spending by keeping track of your books.
The word is still out on whether the church will get the new building…check back soon to find out!
According to “Your Church Magazine”
Currently, 80 to 85 percent of people are finding their church based on websites
If you read further in this article you will also find that
85 percent of church websites are poorly designed, 10 percent are merely adequate, and only five percent can be considered really good
So what does this mean for you ?
– People are “shopping for churches”
– Just like everything else, people looking for churches are going online first and basing their decisions on their first impression
– Investing in a quality website is just like investing in your building, you would not allow your building be in shambles why would you allow your website to be ?
– You might need to take a hard look at what kind of impression your website is making based on these key factors: visual design, functionality, navigation, interactivity and content.
– Taken from information from http://mediaoutreach.com/2009/05/85-percent-of-people-are-finding-their-church-based-on-their-website/
Based on these statistics, how would you rate your church’s web presence? Do you have a website out there that hasn’t been updated in 3 months, did you let one of the youth design the site because he had a ‘class’ in it? Do you have any idea how many people visit your site on a daily/weekly basis?
You aren’t the only one with questions about payroll for ministers. There are many items to take into account regarding ministers’ compensation. This article will focus on social security.
Dual-status ministers are treated as self-employed individuals in the performance of ministerial services for social security purposes. Dual-status means that the minister is an employee for income reporting, fringe benefit, and expense deducting purposes and self-employed for social security purposes.
Welcome to our new blog. We’ve known for quite some time now that we needed to have a blog, but wanted to make sure we were prepared to do it right. We are now ready to use this blog as an additional resource to help your church better manage the business operations required to function.
Keep checking back as you will find articles about everything related to the business of church, and a few other insights as well. We’ll detail common misconceptions and errors, best practices, new ideas and strategies, as well as keeping you up to date on the happenings of TheChurchBusinessGuys.com.
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