Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”

Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2018-08-12T09:01:07+00:00

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Columns in the Last 7 Days

Template for Job Descriptions

Monday, August 13, 2018

Hey Fletch … Do you have a resource or a template for writing job descriptions?

DRF—In churches there are three types of job descriptions. They can all look fairly similar, but need to contain specific data points.

For non-exempt staff, the job description must align with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These employees must document their time, take rest and meal breaks, etc. The job description doesn’t need to show the FLSA […]

Crisis Defines Maturity

Sunday, August 12, 2018

I got one poor grade in High School, in Spanish. My memory recalls no other grades except that one. It was a defining moment. I had to accept that it was my fault for the grade and learn from my mistakes.

A poor grade is a minor crisis to an adult, but not to a teenager. Adults cope with not being able to pay a mortgage, being fired from work, a challenge in […]

Pastor Buying a House in an Expensive Location

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hey Fletch … I’m really looking forward to the Smart Money for Church Salaries workshop! Perhaps you’ll cover this there, but can you share insight into how churches in affluent areas are handling housing costs, especially for new staff members who move into the area? Here in our region, the median home price is $1,000,000. This has made it especially difficult to hire folks who are new to this crazy real […]

XP Certification

Friday, August 10, 2018

Hey Fletch … The banner image on the courses page suggests a certification. Is a certification available?

DRF—Yes, the XPastor Online Courses are available to audit or for certification. Some people audit the courses and do not have to do the homework. Others take all the courses, and do the homework, so as to receive the XPastor Certification. After completion, we send a certificate.

The courses are a great way for new […]

How Often Do Campus Pastors Preach?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Hey Fletch … Quick question—from your experience gained through XPastor or otherwise, do you have a sense on how often a campus pastor typically teaches in a video-venue model where the lead teacher is preponderantly on video?

DRF—The rule of thumb for a campus pastor to speak is anywhere from 4 to 8 times a year. A few churches do more and a few churches do less. You want the campus pastor to […]

How to Change a Church Constitution

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Hey Fletch … Can you describe to me how a church amends its constitution?

DRF—The first place to look for amending a church constitution is in the document itself. There should be a clause in the constitution that mentions how it can be changed. It may look something like this: “Amendments to this constitution may be made at any meeting of the congregation by two-thirds of the votes cast. The proposed changes must […]

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