How do you talk about money in your church community? Do you only mention it when you suddenly realize that your annual operating budget is short for the next fiscal year? Or when a big storm makes the need for a capital campaign too strong to ignore? If you only talk about money in your times of need, you are missing a prime opportunity to share with your members the results of their giving.
Monthly Archives: January 2012
In case you missed it, here are some highlights from this month’s ACS E-News. In the spirit of change, is it time to look at the Internet browser you’re using? Maybe you’re not sure. Sometimes researching such topics can take hours, but you’re in luck. Our IDD team have done that for you, and share… Continue Reading »
Ministry Leaders: Mac Lake on Leadership Development, Part 6| When Leadership Development Dollars are TightMeredith Mahon Morris January 17, 2012
In the face of this tough economy I find that many churches are cutting their development dollars. As they take a magnifying glass and a scalpel to their budget it’s the conferences fees, travel expenses and book allowance that are among the first being cut. I understand, things are tight, but just because you cut your development budget doesn’t mean you need to cut leadership development.
To be a successful cat herder – or, I mean, to be a successful ministry team staff member, is to be strategic with your time and where you focus your energies. One of the best ways to do that is to make a list of goals for the year. Have you made a list of goals you want to achieve in the office this year? I encourage you to do so.
You may be asking, “where do I start, how do I make a list of goals?” A good way to start is by examining what are some of the ministry goals and plans for this year.
As a mentor I don’t want to frustrate a new leader by having them focus on things that are too advanced or even too simple. However, it’s important that I provide a Learning Pathway that makes sense and helps them progress in their ability to lead at the next level.
Do you have long term employees at your church? These are the staff members that have been around the longest, and who have seen things change over the years? Well, I am one of the many examples at ACS Technologies of such an employee. I started in 1983, when the company had just six employees… Continue Reading »
Ron Kochanowski and his wife, Lynne, love to go out for walks and hikes along with their chocolate lab, Stanford. The photo here was during one of those walks – on January 1, 2011. His daughter, Sara, took the photo. It was taken in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts along the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail in about a… Continue Reading »
We respect the real thought leaders in ministry who are doing ministry day in and day out. Because of that, we’re bringing you different voices with real ministry perspective to aid, challenge and inspire you. It’s not about what we think, it’s about helping you learn from your peers. And in that, we’ll all growing… Continue Reading »