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Learning in a New Day

By John Daniels

Mid-March rocked my world.  We closed the church office for what we thought was a multiple week pause only to discover that a few weeks would turn into months.  Things are different!

How can we continue to do the business of the church?” became the question that needed an immediate answer.  Months later I realize that I am continuously asking and answering that same question.  When the regular framework for doing the business of the church is interrupted, we are forced to learn new things.  Learning how to increase our digital presence in the world, learning how to work from home, learning how to conduct a Zoom committee meeting, learning how to make a calendar that is flexible, learning how to streamline communication, the list goes on and on.

This COVID-19 transition has lasted longer than I hoped, yet it has lasted long enough for me to learn new things and ask new questions.

  • I have learned that availability is necessary, but it does not mean that I have to be tethered to a desk at the office.
  • I have learned that connection is necessary, but we do not have to see each other in person or shake hands for it to be real.
  • I have learned that calendars and TTD lists are important, but getting things done well with intentional priority are necessary in this time of transition.  Policies and procedures are indispensable, yet there are times that call for extra ordinary solutions to problems that may arise.
  • I have learned that God truly is in control of the church and her resources.  I have come to realize that prior to coronavirus the business of the church had become route and forcefully scheduled.  I now find a new peace and joy with making sure that necessities get done that require effort, time and some tender loving care.

I wish I could predict what comes next, but one thing I know, I must continue to learn and trust God.

These thoughts above are from John Daniels, our associate partner based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. His primary focus is working alongside churches in administrative challenges and opportunities. For more information about how he can help you, contact him at jdaniels@fbcwilmington.org.

The Philosophical Side of Business Matters

I have been writing a lot lately about business matters on a rather practical side, but now I want to share a little about the philosophical side.  I encourage all church leaders to read about business and leadership and not always from “Christian only” perspectives.  The secular world is filled with excellent authors, scholars and leaders and we should be willing to learn.  I have enjoyed several works by Patrick Lencioni on Leadership.  Lyncioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” gives a lot of food for thought specifically in areas of trust and accountability.  I also enjoy reading about giving and fundraising, one of my favorites is “Not Your Parent’s Offering Plate” by J. Clif Christopher.  He gives great insight into how stewardship has changed throughout the years and gives great insight into questions we need to ask, but perhaps are afraid to.  Another great read is Peter Drucker’s “Managing the Nonprofit Organization.”  Drucker is one of our nation’s leading thinkers on management and his writing is both challenging and practical. Keep reading and if you care to share with me your favorites, I would be blessed.

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.

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.