Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”

Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor” 2018-06-19T15:57:36+00:00

From around the globe, people tune in on Fletch’s warm and sound advice. He’s a friend and “church doctor,” bringing an objective perspective, broad knowledge and vast experience. Your question will get a personal reply from Fletch.

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

Emergency Response Plan

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Hey Fletch … Can you review our Emergency Response Plan? We are struggling with how to address three main issues: suicide prevention, an active shooter and fire. DRF— In that question, you have some big fish to fry. Or, as we would say in Texas, “that’s a big herd to roundup.” You have a great focus in your Emergency Response Systems. Your team has done a ton of work. Hopefully it [...]

Senior Pastor Is Going to Burn Out Soon

Friday, June 22, 2018 Hey Fletch … Thank you for checking back on us. Our lead pastor is an amazing preacher and leader. However, we all fear he does too much. He is micromanaging the staff and working way too many hours. What can you suggest? DRF—Your church is in a major growth phase. That is a wonderful place to be but it can be a wild ride for senior leadership. When I wrote my [...]

Does a Church Pay Social Security on a Pastor’s Salary?

Thursday, June 21, 2018 Hey Fletch … For a pastor that has been licensed by the Board of Elders, my assumption is that the church should not withhold any Social Security or Medicare tax, right? DRF—This question is one of the reasons that I wrote Smart Money for Church Salaries. This book and the 12 regional workshops in the fall of 2018 get to the heart of this and other similar questions. Issues of pastoral [...]

Is a Senior Pastor Transition Just a Holding Pattern?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Hey Fletch … Our senior pastor is leaving soon. It looks like we will have a 12 to 24 month transition period. It that just a time for ministries to be in a holding pattern, like planes circling and waiting to land at the airport? DRF—Many great things can happen during a senior pastor transition. I would encourage you to not view it as a holding pattern. The new senior [...]

Big Announcement at Meeting’s End

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Hey Fletch … I met with our volunteer drummer last night. We talked for an hour about life and ministry. At the end of the time, just as we were about ready to leave, he said: “Oh, I’ve really enjoyed being in the band but I need to pull out. My schedule is too crazy right now.” Why would someone wait until the end of a meeting to make a big [...]

Managing People

Monday, June 18, 2018 Hey Fletch … As a pastor, managing people drains me. It sucks. It’s a skill that no one wants to do—a real pain. I don’t want to be the bad guy, like the staff person who said to me, “You are riding me about how I’m not performing.” All this makes me feel like I’m boiling inside.  DRF—We all have different gifts. Your words and thoughts share that managing people [...]

Overeducated Beyond My Intelligence

Sunday, June 17, 2018 Overeducated Beyond My Intelligence Many folks will say, “I’m overeducated beyond my intelligence.” This oft misquoted phrase comes from a 1922 Harvard monograph in education by Dearborn, Lincoln & Shaw. Their exact wording was, “over-educated beyond their performance ability.”  The context was that school children, “pass examinations and acquire knowledge, but are unable to use their acquired knowledge successfully in any occupation of high intellectual level.” The problem with more and [...]

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