A church needs technology in order to effectively communicate with their staff and congregation. Communications includes hardware, software, web design, worship technology and print … yeah, pretty much everything that is expensive!

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Picture Scaling on Social Media

May 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Picture Scaling on Social Media

Monday, May 28, 2018 Hey Fletch … At the risk of coming across as a jerk, although I hope not, I did want to throw a suggestion your way. I’ve noticed your “Hey Fletch” [...]

Best Practices for Church Apps

April 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Best Practices for Church Apps

Friday, April 13, 2018 Hey Fletch … There are several good articles on related to website best practices. I am looking for one related to Apps for churches. Apple has changed the rules [...]