Articles on Operations

Your Facility and Communications Departments are important parts of the ministry of your church. Without them, you might be meeting in a tent using a megaphone!  They are also ministries that take a lot of money to keep current. A long-term plan and some policies and procedures are vital for the smooth operation of your church.

10 Questions to Ask Before You Build

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on 10 Questions to Ask Before You Build

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 [...]

Is Your Building Family-Friendly?

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

Strategic Designs for Active Shooter Readiness

August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

How to Keep IT Staff in the Local Church

May 7th, 2019|Comments Off on How to Keep IT Staff in the Local Church

Personnel salaries and benefits are usually the largest expense category for churches and ministries. Sometimes facilities is higher, but there’s no getting around the fact that salaries and benefits consumes a large portion of [...]

Retaining Video from Church Cameras

April 1st, 2019|Comments Off on 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 [...]

7 Essentials for Your Church Website

March 20th, 2019|Comments Off on 7 Essentials for Your Church Website

At Vanderbloemen, we spend a lot of time on church websites. Probably more time than anyone you know. In our time, we’ve seen a lot of good websites...and some that, well, leave a lot [...]

Security Cameras in Children’s Classrooms

March 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Security Cameras in Children’s Classrooms

Friday, March 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … Do you have any thoughts on putting security cameras in children’s ministry classrooms? If this is something you recommend, do you have any recommendations as to companies to [...]

I Want to Learn More about Compensation

February 8th, 2019|Comments Off on I Want to Learn More about Compensation

Friday, February 8, 2019 Hey Fletch … I missed the workshops in the fall about Smart Money for Church Salaries. Is there any way to get the material? DRF—Yes! The video series is now [...]

Campus Expansion

February 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Campus Expansion

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Hey Fletch … I have admired you from afar and the work you do! We are a multisite church with over 3,000 people. We need some creative strategies for future campus [...]

Van Drivers

February 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Van Drivers

Friday, February 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … What kind of policy do we need for people that drive our church vans? DRF—It’s a good idea to have a transportation policy that covers expectations when it [...]

FaceBook Blocking My Posts

January 30th, 2019|Comments Off on FaceBook Blocking My Posts

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Hey Fletch … I’ve been posting some of my articles on social media. Out of the blue, Facebook blocked my account. They said that the content was inappropriate by their standards. [...]

Restart Your Computer

January 12th, 2019|Comments Off on Restart Your Computer

Saturday, January 12, 2019 Hey Fletch … For some reason, I'm unable to access week 3 of the XPastor’s course on Church Finances. Could you help me with that? DRF—Let me post this one in [...]

DOT Number for a Church Bus?

January 9th, 2019|Comments Off on DOT Number for a Church Bus?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 Hey Fletch … We have been getting a lot of conflicting opinions about whether churches need to apply for a DOT number for the operation of church buses that require CDL [...]

The Inherent Risk of Guest WiFi Access at Your Church

January 4th, 2019|Comments Off on The Inherent Risk of Guest WiFi Access at Your Church

With the myriad of wireless devices in constant use, many churches provide Wi-Fi for the convenience of employees and guests. However, this complimentary benefit can come with a heavy price if security is taken [...]

Emergency Preparedness Plan

December 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Emergency Preparedness Plan

Monday, December 17, 2018 Hey Fletch … Do you provide on XPastor any emergency preparedness plan  templates for churches? DRF—We have some information on emergency response plans. Here is a link to various posts on [...]

Churches and Coworking Spaces … Think Twice

December 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Churches and Coworking Spaces … Think Twice

Maybe you have read business articles about the exploding billion dollar shared workspace industry, often called Coworking or Collaborative Space. Perhaps you have seen local articles or YouTube videos featuring churches innovative attempts to [...]

Facility Use Policies

November 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Facility Use Policies

Thursday, November 29, 2018 Hey Fletch … I could not find anything on Facility Use policies on XPastor. Can you direct me to some templates? DRF—We have some facility policies on XPastor. Check out this [...]

Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Cleaning?

August 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Would We Save Money by Outsourcing Cleaning?

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are pondering outsourcing the cleaning of our church facility. Do you have any data on the pros and cons, and the cost savings metrics? I found an [...]

How Can We Keep Our Church Safe?

July 30th, 2018|Comments Off on How Can We Keep Our Church Safe?

Monday, July 30, 2018 Hey Fletch … With all the craziness in the world, our church is concerned about safety and security. What can you recommend? DRF—Here is what the Federal Bureau of Investigation says: [...]

Books on Church Administration

July 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Books on Church Administration

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’m teaching a course on church administration and am looking for a good, current textbook. Any suggestions? Most I've come across are at least 5 years old. Thank [...]

Cultural Factors that Affect Building Design

July 20th, 2018|Comments Off on Cultural Factors that Affect Building Design

When we design a church building, cultural factors heavily influence us. We add certain elements, such as a steeple, for cultural reasons. The size of the building is culturally-driven. The decision to install air [...]

A Church Security Team

July 16th, 2018|Comments Off on A Church Security Team

Monday, July 16, 2018 Hey Fletch … I have a question concerning our security team. There are as many opinions about a security team as there are people, so I wanted to check and see [...]