Church Management

In most cases, when a church needs a lawyer, it hires a lawyer. When it needs a plumber, it hires a plumber. But when it comes to making business decisions, most churches convene well-meaning but often inexperienced volunteers to form a committee, then they take a month and vote on the color to paint a door in the nursery. Conducting business this way kills the vision and drains the passion out of right-brained, creative, relational pastors and ministry leaders.

The modern church is being poorly managed and does not know it. The level of inefficiency and waste in today’s churches is staggering. The church is not a business but it conducts business, and in most cases, the people conducting church business are not trained and/or experienced in business.

This book was written to convey basic business wisdom, management principles, and best practices to right-brained, creative, relational people (i.e. pastors). Unlike intimidating business textbooks, it is written in forty short vignettes designed to be read like a daily devotional. Each chapter deals with everyday challenges and offers real-life examples derived from more than thirty years of experience that show how to (and sometimes how not to) handle each situation.

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Discipleship Groups Multiplying

from GFI associates, Hans and Elly Timmermans:

We had a fundraiser at our house last night. About 20 attended. Inflation is eating away in Malawi, Africa. When I first went there the US $ would buy KW160.00. Now it is US $ 1.00 = KW 475.00.

God is doing amazing things in Malawi. The Dynamic Churches model Life Groups are reproducing! The Grace Life teaching is part of every discipling situation and makes a lot of difference in the lives of the Malawians. Pastors begin to see a different side to their teaching. Also we teach the motivational gifts from Romans 12 and that sets people free to serve and makes pastors see their true role in the church. They now set people free to serve, not just attend. This all together makes an enormous difference in the effectiveness of the discipling process…

For more on their ministry, visit http://northernmalawinews.wordpress.com/

A video testimony is here: https://vimeo.com/89324634