Governance

Godly leadership is required on your Governing Board. Irrelevant irrelevant details can sidetrack a good board? How do you keep the Board on task—?

Watch Out for Boards Asleep at the Wheel

August 5th, 2019|Comments Off on Watch Out for Boards Asleep at the Wheel

Golden Opportunities Are Missed When a Board’s Eyes Are Wide Shut It was a Busby family vacation trip to Texas. The afternoon we drove from Houston to Dallas is still etched in my memory. [...]

Registered Agents with Our State

May 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Registered Agents with Our State

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Hey Fletch … I would like to say that the XPastor website is awesome! My church has changed the treasurer for the church. Is it necessary to make an amendment [...]

Church and School Issues

January 22nd, 2019|Comments Off on Church and School Issues

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 Hey Fletch … We are seeking some consulting regarding our church and a school we have. We are trying to make strategic decisions regarding the school and looking for a consultant [...]

Interns

January 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Interns

Monday, January 14, 2019 Hey Fletch … We are beginning to think about interns for the summer. Can we pay an intern a monthly salary and have them work as many hours as needed? DRF—Interns [...]

External Investigator for Sexual Misconduct

November 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on External Investigator for Sexual Misconduct

Saturday, November 3, 2018 Hey Fletch … I read the “Hey Fletch” column about a policy for handling accusations against a pastor. At the end you said, "I would add to these a policy statement [...]

Attorney’s Perspective on Designated Funds

November 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Attorney’s Perspective on Designated Funds

Thursday, November 1, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’ve been reading about designated funds and I’m still confused. Do you have a tax expert or attorney who can also comment on the issue? DRF—We have done [...]

Co-Pastors or Peer SP-XP Teams

October 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Co-Pastors or Peer SP-XP Teams

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Hey Fletch … I am chair of a committee and we are in the initial stages of discerning the future direction of the congregation. Our current structure is to have a [...]

Transitioning to Elder Led Church

September 7th, 2018|Comments Off on Transitioning to Elder Led Church

Friday, September 7, 2018 Hey Fletch … We are in the process of transitioning to an Elder governance system and are currently accepting nominations. This is a major change for this Baptist church but the [...]

Launching an Initial Elder Board

September 4th, 2018|Comments Off on Launching an Initial Elder Board

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Hey Fletch … I serve as XP of a quickly growing church plant. We are ready to plan for, appoint, and launch our initial Elder Board. What are the best books [...]

Can You Define the Report to the Board?

August 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Can You Define the Report to the Board?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Hey Fletch … I got your answer about our board meetings going too long. The idea of a written report to the board could be significant for us. Can you give [...]

Who Owns the Pastor’s Book?

August 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Who Owns the Pastor’s Book?

Thursday, August 23, 2018 Hey Fletch … I found the XPastor page with the intellectual property policy of Christ Community Church of Chicago to be informative. I am a member of a church board, and [...]

Governing Board Meetings Going Way Long

August 22nd, 2018|Comments Off on Governing Board Meetings Going Way Long

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Hey Fletch … You have got to help us. Our board meeting last night began at 7:00 pm and ended at 11:30 p.m. There was so much discussion on important but [...]

Well Paid Pastor Has No Retirement

August 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Well Paid Pastor Has No Retirement

Friday, August 17, 2018 Hey Fletch … Our Senior Pastor is in trouble. He has been at the church for most of his working life and wants to retire. He can’t afford it. He has [...]

How to Change a Church Constitution

August 8th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Change a Church Constitution

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Hey Fletch … Can you describe to me how a church amends its constitution? DRF—The first place to look for amending a church constitution is in the document itself. There should [...]

Who Owns a Book that the Pastor Writes?

July 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Who Owns a Book that the Pastor Writes?

Saturday, July 28, 2018 Hey Fletch … I have a quick question that may require a long answer. If a pastor is writing books, who gets the royalties and why? I’m confident that this [...]

Questions on Church Leadership Structures

June 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Questions on Church Leadership Structures

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Hey Fletch … Our church is wanting to look at our leadership structure. In the last ten years we have grown from one campus to many campuses. We want to continue [...]

Issues with a New Non-Profit

June 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Issues with a New Non-Profit

Thursday, June 14, 2018 Hey Fletch … I met you years ago. I continue to read and enjoy the columns and posts at XPastor.org but it's been a long while since we were in [...]

Elder Role Description

May 30th, 2018|Comments Off on Elder Role Description

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Hey Fletch … This link does not work https://www.xpastor.org/staffing/job-descriptions/elder-job-description-at-northwest-bible-chuch-of-dallas-texas/.  DRF—Thanks for catching that. We totally redid the job descriptions page. You can find it and other descriptions here: https://www.xpastor.org/staffing/job-descriptions/.  And, [...]

Knowing the Giving of Congregants

May 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Knowing the Giving of Congregants

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Hey Fletch … What is your position on the XP knowing the financial giving of a) the entire congregation, b) volunteers and key leaders, c) staff & elders and d) [...]

Solutions to Church Conflict

April 24th, 2018|Comments Off on Solutions to Church Conflict

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Hey Fletch … There have been some good developments and resolution on the 'leading the leadership team' front. A person from the denominational ‘church health team’ has spoken to our [...]

Can Our Church Join the ECFA?

April 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Can Our Church Join the ECFA?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Hey Fletch … I’ve heard about the Evangelical Council of Finance Accountability. Is that something that a church can join and how could I find out if my church qualifies? Would [...]