Hey Fletch … A Friend and “Church Doctor”2019-05-07T21:41:37-05:00

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Building Campaign that Falls Short

Monday, April 29, 2019 Hey Fletch … Two years ago we launched a building campaign for our church, but we fell short of our goals. Now the board has decided not to expand the building, but rather to use the gifts to cover deferred maintenance on our facilities. Are there any issues here? DRF—There are so many questions floating out there about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President [...]


Friday, April 5, 2019 Hey Fletch … After 60 years of our church’s history, 28 years on the pastoral staff, our leadership has granted a 12-week sabbatical for our Senior Pastor. We have the material and suggestions on how he and we should approach the sabbatical to benefit him most. My question is, do you have any suggestions on how we as leadership should approach this time with the absence? Any best ways for all [...]

Millennials and Discipleship

Thursday, April 4, 2019 Hey Fletch … I’m a millennial and thinking about the call to prioritize and pursue discipleship in my own life, both upwards and downwards. Do you have any articles that I could read on this topic? DRF—I found this article. let me know if it resonates with you, Millennials Aren’t as Cause-Oriented as You May Think. Often millennials are lumped into the category of cause-oriented. Like any generalization, it has valid [...]

Supporting Missions Work

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Hey Fletch … Our church provides direct support to several international missionaries. What are the issues we should look at to provide this support with the utmost integrity? DRF—There are so many questions floating out there about restricted gifts to churches. I’ve consulted with my friend Dan Busby, President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Here are his thoughts. Dan—There are two primary concepts when it comes to direct missionary [...]

Questions for a Senior Pastor Candidate

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Hey Fletch … We have a senior pastor candidate who will be visiting our church this weekend, Thursday-Monday. I am attaching a list of questions that I think the board of elders should ask. Do you have any additional questions that are important? Your help would be greatly appreciated. DRF—Whether you do a written response or have a dialogue with the candidate, you have the right kind of questions. Your 37 [...]

Retaining Video from Church Cameras

Monday, April 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … How long do you suggest keeping video footage from church cameras? DRF—As you are in the process of getting bids on surveillance cameras (CCTV), you are asking a million dollar question. The question is vital if you have an incident at your church. For my next book, Predators in the Church, I learned of a church that kept the recordings for 90 days. Unfortunately, they had a child [...]

Help for Ministry Strategy

Friday, March 29, 2019 Hey Fletch … I found your site on a Google search and was impressed with all of the resources and tools to help pastors. You're awesome! I have a question you may be able to help me with. Who do you think is the best Ministry Strategist Executive or maybe even Executive Connections Pastor in America? The guy making sure people have their pastoral needs met, are finding friends, and [...]

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