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.
Hey Fletch … I am trying to find information about the legalities of requiring our church staff to install software on cell phones and laptops such as Covenant Eyes. We reimburse $100/month for personal cell-phone. I appreciate any help you can provide.
DRF—If the computer is wholly owned by the church, I don’t think that there is any problem installing such software. The church owns it and can dictate the terms of the […]
Hey Fletch … One of our youth pastors asked his campus pastor if he could have a bonfire at an event on their campus. The campus pastor granted permission. Neither of them realized there is a law that requires them to get a burn permit from the city. Someone showed up and ticketed our youth pastor for the violation. The campus pastor made me aware and asked permission to reimburse the youth […]
Hey Fletch … This may not be in your wheelhouse but I know you have a lot of experience and knowledge! We are doing Christmas at the Movies this year. When it comes to licensing and copyrights, I’m not too concerned about the Sunday morning elements. We have licensing that would cover us and I believe most would be Fair Use. What about graphics? Although I’ve seen other large churches do this […]
Hey Fletch … We have a full-time youth pastor and a part-time youth administrative assistant. We have a youth retreat coming up and we are trying to figure out how to pay or not pay for our PT admin to go on the retreat. What are the laws and best practices for PT workers at camps and retreats?
DRF— This is a humdinger of a question and a challenging topic. Your employee is […]
Hey Fletch … I read the recent “Hey Fletch” column about the benevolence offering for the woman with cancer. I get that donations cannot be earmarked for a specific person. How should we do announcements when there is a need like the lady with cancer?
Hey Fletch … A licensed professional marriage counselor who attends our church wants to rent a room so he can see clients in a location that is on the opposite side of town from his office. Is this an acceptable practice for us as church? He would be getting office space for a token room rental charge far below the going rate for office space in our city. Also, thanks for your […]
Hey Fletch … I am doing research to update our policy manual and personnel handbook. What policies can you point me to that pertain to allegations toward a staff person about physical, verbal or safety improprieties?
DRF—What a week to get this question! Bill Cosby was sentenced and Brett Kavanaugh was in the Senate confirmation hearings. You are hitting a challenging issue in America today.
Here are some resources on XPastor that may be […]
Hey Fletch … I am the XP at a restart church. We have made staff and organizational changes in order to reach our community for Jesus Christ. We just hired a staff member whose spouse works with a parachurch organization. She is requesting an office at the church. I have a number of concerns about giving her an office, such as nepotism, favoritism, and Workers’ Compensation issues.
Hey Fletch … I’ve been reading in the “Hey Fletch” columns about sexual abuse. Normally I think of that as between an adult and a minor. What about sexual activity between two minors? What if that happens on church property? Do I need to report it? Is our church a mandated reporter when two minors are involved?
DRF—You are asking a question with enormous legal implications. Pastors are mandated reporters when a crime […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]