Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2019-02-24T11:11:39-05:00

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

Security Cameras in Children’s Classrooms

Friday, March 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … Do you have any thoughts on putting security cameras in children’s ministry classrooms? If this is something you recommend, do you have any recommendations as to companies to get quotes? Our first shot at a quote was almost $70,000. DRF— My next book is "Predators in the Church: (August 2019), so I have been researching issues like this. Security cameras are a good idea and their cost has [...]

Church Wants Privacy Apps on Personal Devices

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am trying to find information about the legalities of requiring our church staff to install software on cell phones and laptops such as Covenant Eyes. We reimburse $100/month for personal cell-phone. I appreciate any help you can provide. DRF—If the computer is wholly owned by the church, I don’t think that there is any problem installing such software. The church owns it and can dictate the terms [...]

45 Minute Meetings. Really???

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Hey Fletch … I read the Hey Fletch column on February 12 about the 45 minute meetings. This just won’t work. How am I supposed to do an annual review in that amount of time. DRF—You make an excellent point. Many meetings can happen in 45 minutes. However, significant meetings can take far longer. An annual review is one of those meetings. For an annual review, I like to schedule a [...]

Gifts for a Needy Person

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Hey Fletch… We have a widow in our church that is going through serious medical challenges. She has exhausted her financial resources. Several wealthy members of the congregation want to financially support her. Here’s the rub: They want to provide the support through the church so they can be anonymous, as well as receive an IRS deduction.   DRF—This is the fourth in a series of questions floating out there about [...]

Value of Courses

Monday, February 25, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am super excited to take your courses on XPastor! I am a worship pastor of 30 years who is looking to make a change in leadership. Is there any certification with the completion of these courses that will be of value to a church? I have no business education but own two profitable websites. Just asking for clarification. Can't wait to dive in to your program. DRF—Thanks [...]

New XP and Coaching

Friday, February 22, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am a new executive pastor at our church and recently took over this position. I have been a youth and family pastor for many years. I would like some information on coaching for new executive pastors. DRF—Congratulations on your new position. You have plenty of years in ministry to know how church works, and now you have an entirely new leadership role ahead for you. There [...]

Church Metrics

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Hey Fletch … I am wondering if you have any suggestions on books that show the importance of “Knowing Your Numbers.” I have found that keeping my finger on the pulse of our church it is a must. Not just financials but overall. Thanks for any input you can give. DRF—I can’t think of any books off the top of my head, but I looked on Amazon and found some. This [...]

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