Aphorism2018-07-15T08:07:45-05:00

“Hey Fletch” Sunday is for Aphorisms

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.

‘Aphorism’ from the Greek φορισμός—a delimitation, distinction, definition. A terse saying, laconic and in memorable form, expressing a general truth or principle; an astute observation.

A Personal Perspective on Worship Songs

I recently visited with a pastor of a large church who articulated his concern for the state of music and worship in the church. He described his view of church music as a “cutting of the cord” to the church’s past and rich history. Stay with me … he then asked several questions that I’ve been pondering for over a decade:

  • Are we (as churches and worship leaders) floating along waiting for songs that are […]

Renting Your Church: Policy and Sample Forms

Most churches rent some or all of their facilities in the course of a year. This could be to a member or an attendee. The renter could also be a person or organization in the community. An XP has graciously provided the policy and sample forms for how their church deals with such rentals.

Example of rental use covers the gamut:

  • Weddings and funerals are the most common rental of worship centers and chapels.
  • Birthday parties […]

Important Considerations for Church Benevolence Programs

Many churches have benevolence programs to assist members and others in the community during times of emergency or financial crisis. Situations of need can — and often do — arise unexpectedly. Having a written policy in place can help your church respond quickly and graciously. It can also protect the tax-exempt status of your church and the deductibility of donations made, and shield fund recipients from mistaken taxation.

In addition, a carefully crafted policy can help […]

Upcoming Webinar: Fletch Talks with Vanderbloemen about Staffing

Upcoming on October 3–Fletch will continue his discussion with William Vanderbloemen about staffing in the church. Hear this noted leader talk about staffing and how it impacts your church.

William Vanderbloemen is the CEO & Founder @Vanderbloemen. William is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO/Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group. He is a regular contributor to both Forbes and Fortune. William has combined over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices […]

Upcoming Webinar: What Story Is Your Building Telling?

Upcoming on September 25–Recently a church leader noticed an old sign in the parking lot which said “towing enforced.” That was the first sign that a visitor saw upon entering the property! This webinar will explore similar issues about what your church facility says to newcomers and regular attenders. Bruce Woody and Mark Ashcraft are leading architects in the nation, helping countless of churches from coast to coast. They and Fletch will explore both the obvious […]

Upcoming Webinar: Spiritual Development and Ministry Metrics

Upcoming on September 11–Spiritual growth is a process and you can help people on that path. Identify your process and key milestones to measure. Obtain and utilize the right data. Fletch and Mark DeMoss will examine this topic from both a pastoral heart and business brain perspective.

Mark DeMoss is a Director at FellowshipOne. Mark has 20 years of church staff experience leading in various roles of guest experience, volunteer development, business administration, campus development, and executive […]

Upcoming Webinar: Preventing Sexual Abuse in Your Church

Upcoming on September 4–Sex abuse claims remain the top reason churches go to court each year. Fletch interviews Matthew Branaugh, editor for Christianity Today’s ChurchLawAndTax.com, about this troubling ongoing trend in the church. What policies and protocols does your church need? What are the reporting laws for child abuse? Why do all sorts of institutions, including the church, cover up sexual abuse? Learn needed facts and how to be more transparent when a major issue […]

Upcoming Webinar: 10 Questions to Ask Before You Build

Upcoming on August 28–There is the familiar story of the church that built a new building, only to discover on opening day that needed aspects were missing. Does a church ever have enough closets? Is the lobby well thought through for people traffic and safety issues? Those are the easy to see issues, but what about those that are less apparent? Attendees will also receive an app that they can use to begin the process.

Dave […]

Top 10 Reasons Church Loans are Declined

Join Fletch and leaders from Thrivent for an insider’s look into church loans. Both Chris Lewis and Teresa Loker have extensive experience that can pull back the curtain on these issues. When your church is ready to build or renovate, you don’t want to be declined by lenders. Learn what it takes to get accepted for a church loan.

Chris Lewis is the Senior Relationship Manager at Thrivent Church Financing. Born in Brazil, where his parents served […]

Is Your Building Family-Friendly?

A connected family engages all members. The same is true for the church family. It takes the wisdom of seniors, the commitment of adults, the passion of youth and the innocence of children to be effective in ministry. The webinar discusses how you design relational spaces to reinforce this togetherness which builds a stronger church family. It also talks of how to recognize barriers within your facility and ministry that may limit your ability to […]

Knowing the Health of Your Staff

Few staff members feel they can be completely forthright with their superiors concerning “tough situations.” This puts church leadership in a jam. How can leaders know how staff are feeling about their pay, work pressures and problems on the job? Mike Gould, XPastor’s Director of Connections and Leadership Consultant, shares his experience of how to get to know the health of a church staff.

Mike Gould is an accomplished senior leader, worship pastor and speaker […]

5 Building Blocks of Church Financial Integrity … with free ebook

Michael Martin and Fletch examine a vital topic of how to ensure your church has financial integrity. When you have a problem in this area, your donors get nervous and may stop giving. From his experience as the Executive Vice President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Michael is a go-to person on this topic. Plus, ECFA is offering a free ebook to all who watch the webinar.

Michael Martin serves as ECFA’s executive […]

Digital Giving Trends

Fletch and Troy Pollock began an intriguing discussion at the 2019 XP-Seminar. Back by popular demand, this “state of digital giving” continues that discussion. From his vantage point of working with thousands of churches around the country, Troy brings a perspective that no one else can offer.

As Pushpay’s first U.S. employee, Troy helped shape the organization to be one of the fastest growing SaaS companies today. Troy pioneered the Customer Success Department from humble beginnings […]

Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

Dave Milam has helped hundreds of churches around the country with their facilities. One of his most frequent questions is, “How can we make our campus safer?” This webinar provides a lively discussion from a leader who has experience and knows best practices.

Dave Milam is a visioneer, strategist and visual storyteller whose right-brained style of delivery helps his listener connect in a uniquely immersive way. As a member of the Visioneering Studios team, Dave […]

How to Hire the Right People for Your Church Staff

The most expensive hire you will ever make is the wrong person. So how can you discern who’s the right person? Staffing is one of the greatest challenges church leaders face. Learn how to know which role you need to hire next, how to interview successfully, and how to determine the right fit for the next hire on your team.

William is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO/Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group. He is […]

Successful Church Project Planning

Getting a church loan is an area that most church leaders find murky and complicated. Chris Lewis from Thrivent has expertise from his years of helping churches with their borrowing capacity. The video ranges from determining your financial capacity to getting a commitment letter from a lender.

Chris Lewis is the Senior Relationship Manager at Thrivent Church Financing. Born in Brazil where his parents served as missionaries, Chris learned three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. In 2006, […]