Archive | May, 2017

Business Matters and Church Phone Bills

In last week’s newsletter article I shard about forming a Technology Committee to keep up with those pesky contract dates and renewals. Today I would like to specifically talk about the church’s phone bill. I have found that many folks in the church office do not realize that you can “shop” your phone bill. After the FCC breakup of Ma Bell multiple years ago and with the growth in VOIP (voice over internet protocol), numerous solutions are at your disposal for your phone service. Simply do an internet search for business phone service in your area and you will be met with potential vendors. You also may want to consider trying to bundle your internet and your phone service, normally this will involve a multi-year contact but the savings can be significant. One other thing to check on your phone bill is an advertising charge. I have found that a large portion of the church bill is related to advertisement we purchase in the phone book or yellow pages. Here are some practical questions you should ask concerning the phone book advertising: Are persons in my area still using the phone book for information? What would these same advertisement dollars purchase from the local newspaper or radio station? Finally, what cheaper options are there on phone book advertising, such as a smaller ad, less words, etc. Freeing up resources through good business sense may be freeing up dollars for ministry in your hometown. Think about it.

These thoughts above are from John Daniels, our partner based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. His primary focus is working alongside churches in administrative challenges and opportunities.

Running with the Horses

The Kentucky Derby is the first Saturday in May. One of my favorite times of the year is the Derby.  It is hard to explain the beauty of running horses. You just need to experience it. While excitement builds, as the race progresses, it is not the same as running with the horses. Can you imagine what it would be like if we took God at his word and ran with the horses?  What footrace do we need to discontinue to have the strength to run with the horses?

These thoughts above are from Rev. Jerry Chiles, one of our partners in ministry for the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Metroplex and Eastern North Carolina. He has served churches in the Southeast for more than 40 years.

Let’s Be Honest

“Honesty is the best policy”, we learned as a child. However, we have difficulty with honesty. Most of us have difficulty admitting that we are stuck. For the most part we are caught up in making the ministry function and cannot see that we are stuck. The hard question: Is the horizon I see really the top of my rut? Am I leading my ministry or am I being swept along?

These thoughts above are from Rev. Jerry Chiles, one of our partners in ministry for the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Metroplex and Eastern North Carolina. He has served churches in the Southeast for more than 40 years.