Policy

Policy2018-07-15T08:09:36+00:00

“Hey Fletch” on Policy

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.

What Is Grooming in Sexual Abuse?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hey Fletch … In the area of sexual abuse, I heard the term “grooming.” What does this mean?

DRF—That term took me aback when I first heard it. I’m not an expert in this area, so let me call on someone who is. Gregory Love is a nationally-noted attorney who deals with sexual abuse and its prevention. Let me also mention the Sexual Abuse Summit that Greg and Kimberlee host.

Greg—“What is grooming?” […]

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 will never need […]

Do I Need to Register for XPastor Articles?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Hey Fletch …Good day! There seems to be a technical glitch in signing up to your awesome website. When wanting to register, it keeps bringing up an error, as if you were trying to login and had an account already, so I’m unable to register.

DRF—Thanks for your interest in XPastor. There is no need to register in order to view the free articles on our site. The registration is for events—our annual XP-Seminar, […]

Legal Issues with Songs on a Church Website

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hey Fletch … We live-stream our worship service and also have some recorded worship songs on our website. Someone asked me if that is legal. Thoughts?

DRF—That is a huge can of worms. Actually it is two cans worth. The first issue is live-streaming your worship and the second is recorded songs on your website. 

You will want to get this one right, otherwise the penalties can be stiff. There is an organization […]

Urgency Mode in Email

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hey Fletch … I have a grid of how staff can send me emails to get my attention. I created a four-part numbering system. This lets me immediately know how important their item is. Thoughts?

DRF—I like the grid in your email. Remember though, most people can process and use three levels of expectations. Four levels pushes the envelope on what people can remember and use. 

You want people to signify an ‘urgency […]

Emergency Preparedness For Churches

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hey Fletch … I used this XPastor.org article for doing research on a plan for our church: ‘Emergency Preparedness For Churches.’ Can you expand on the ideas?

DRF—This is a hot topic right now. I so enjoy the perspective of the two brothers who wrote the article. One was an FBI agent and became a Police Captain. The other is a Police Lieutenant. This is an insider’s view of the issues.

You may […]

Concealed Guns in California Churches

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hey Fletch … Is it legal in California to have a concealed gun in a church with permission from the church leaders? Is it different with or without a CCW?

DRF—You are hitting a hot topic here. Here is an article to read: Concealed Carry in Churches. It contains a chart of the states where it is legal to carry a gun with a concealed weapon permit … and California is in […]

Who Can Use Our Buildings?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hey Fletch … We’re re-working our policies that deal with who can use our facility, how often, what to charge, if anything. It’s partially a stewardship issue, but also the common perception is that opening up our facility to the community is a good evangelistic tool. The thinking is, the more you can get unchurched people into your building, the more likely they are to attend a service. Do you believe that’s […]

Passwords, Computers and Security

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Hey Fletch … I can’t log into XPastor to get the stuff that I purchased. Can you help?

DRF—Many of us have several email addresses, such as church, personal and family. It looks like you are trying to log-in with a different email address. We will reset your password and email it to you.

Isn’t this a bane in the communications world? Passwords and log-in IDs! I would suggest that you use a good […]

Cancel an Obligation for an Exciting Invitation?

February 14, 2018

Hey Doc … This is a big one. I have some obligations next week at church and they can’t be moved. But now I just received an exciting out-of-town invitation with an important person in our church. What should I do?

DRF—Jesus said, “ἔστω δὲ ὁ λόγος ὑμῶν ναὶ ναί, οὒ οὔ.” I’m giving you Matthew 5:37 in Greek because the truth it is like a foreign truth to us. The translation is: “Let […]

When You Leave, Don’t Burn Bridges

February 13, 2018

Hey David … When you recently moved on from your church, you sent out a “keeping you in the loop” email. It was short, factual, upbeat and didn’t throw anyone under the bus. Just wanted to let you know that yesterday I changed jobs (in business) and that I followed your lead.

DRF—Thanks for the encouragement! Emulation is the highest form of praise. When you leave a ministry or business job, don’t burn bridges. […]

No Response to Emails

February 9, 2018

Hey Fletch … Some of our junior staff are terrible at responding to emails. They say, “our generation likes texts.” One staff member took a month to get me his annual review.

DRF—Well, you could see how fast they respond to an email about a possible raise … milliseconds perhaps? Consider that if they are not responding to you, how will a parent feel about an youth group emergency. Email is the primary means […]

Cell Phone Policy

January 19, 2018

Hey David … I’m working on our church’s cell phone policy and wondering if you have any resources that address that?

DRF—Here is some policy thoughts on that: “Cell phones are a part of our personal and professional lives. There are issues regarding safety, security and privacy. Mute your phone within the office. Don’t take calls during meetings, unless it is a personal or ministry emergency. Keep personal texting to a minimum during the […]

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