If you are a pastor or church leader, I bet what wakes you up in the morning is very different from what keeps you up at night. You feel called to share the Gospel, evangelize your community, and grow your church. You went to seminary or some other Bible school to learn how to be a pastor and reach people with the saving grace of Jesus. The possibilities of what God will do each day through your ministry is what wakes you up and drives you each week as you prepare your Sunday message.
But on Sunday evening you’re reminded of the church business that awaits you Monday through Friday. You were never trained for this part of your pastoral role and the daily challenges keep you up each night during the week. Seminary didn’t teach you about accounting, or insurance or facility maintenance or donor management. Yet, the elder board expects you to manage these business challenges as well as increase the giving, decrease expenses, and help put the right people in the right leadership roles.
Chances are, you love the business of church, but hate the church business.
Church Business Help
A new book, Church Business: Making the Business of Church Easier, Simpler, and Much Less Painful, seeks to help you or your pastor with the church business he might otherwise loath.
There are thousands of resources on theology and doctrine, how to grow your church, lead a staff and adjust your ministry. But few helps educate pastors on church accounting and insurance practices, facility management, staffing, human resources, and business best-practices.
With a long history of consulting for churches, I find that many pastors struggle with questions such as: How can I save money and not sacrifice ministry? How often and how much sabbatical time should be given to the pastor? And which pastors and staff should get a sabbatical? Should our youth pastor be required to work in the office during regular business hours? How can I create a multi-year strategy that blends both ministry and finances? Who should be on the elder board and church committees?
Church Business addresses these topics and many others I frequently see pastors grapple with.
God has gifted us all in our own unique ways: teachers, leaders, servants, encouragers, administrators, givers. We excel in certain areas, while floundering in others. However, I believe we are to strive to at least do our best in the areas where we might routinely fail. For many pastors, this area is church administration. Church Business won’t make you an administrative guru nor earn you the equivalent of an MBA. But it will make the business of your church easier, simpler, and much less painful.
You are in the business of church. Let this book help with the church business.
Nathan Freeland is president of Reach Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping pastors and church leaders reach their maximum potential in business administration, leadership, and structure.