Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”

Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2018-11-03T15:24:08+00:00

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

Staff Budgets Are Cut

Monday, February 18, 2019 Hey Fletch … I’m been on staff at our megachurch for many years. Every year, I have to worry about the budget for my area being cut in the middle of the year, sometimes twice a year. What gives? Isn’t there a way that a church can get around this? It is killing my ministry plans. I never know what I can spend. DRF—You have hit the nail on the head. [...]

Residency Program for XPs?

Friday, February 15, 2019 Hey Fletch … I read the Hey Fletch column of January 28 and was intrigued about the potential of a residency program. I’d love to be in one to learn how to be an XP. Any more on that? DRF—I reached out to one XP who was considering starting such a program. He said: I was attempting to get that started. Since last year we’ve changed direction to a co-op with [...]

Is Pastoral Compensation over $500,000 Excessive?

Thursday, February 14, 2019 Hey Fletch … no names or cities on this one … Few in our church know this and it might be disturbing to many if it leaked out. I just learned that our Senior Pastor makes over $500,000 a year. Is this considered excessive compensation? I mean, I make $62,500 and think I’m doing fine … DRF—Let me start by assuring you that the Hey Fletch column never prints names of [...]

Mileage Reimbursement for Missionaries

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Hey Fletch! First off, thank you so much for bringing such an informative and fun workshop to Hawaii. It was such a pleasure to see you and we look forward to next time! We have missionaries that are Deputized fund raisers and are providing them with mileage. Is that considered taxable income for them? Is that something we are allowed to do? And if so, is there a way for us [...]

Giving Envelopes and Designated Giving

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Hey Fletch…our church envelopes and website allow donors to make designations. There are words that say, “The board has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.” Can our board take a missions fund donation and put it in the building fund? DRF—There are several questions floating out there about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial [...]

Bonuses for Staff

Monday, February 11, 2019 Hey Fletch … Can you give some thoughts about bonuses for staff? We are toying with the idea and don’t know what to make of it. DRF—There isn’t must hard research data on how many churches are doing bonuses and what they cover. What is commonly called a bonus at Christmas is really a small gift. I’m talking about a $25 gift certificate, the $50 ham or the $100 bill. For [...]

I Want to Learn More about Compensation

Friday, February 8, 2019 Hey Fletch … I missed the workshops in the fall about Smart Money for Church Salaries. Is there any way to get the material? DRF—Yes! The video series is now available as is the book. There is great material from many noted speakers … Michael Martin of ECFA, William Vanderbloemen and Sarah Robins of Vanderbloemen Search Group, SP Dave Dummit of Gyve, Monty Kelso of Slingshot Search, Dave Milam of [...]

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