Business of the Church: Strategic Planning (5 of 5)

This is a part of a series of posts responding to the question: Is the church a business? Today the focus is on strategic planning.

Strategic planning is a part of the culture at Resurrection. From strategic objectives for the entire congregation for the year to goal setting and a review process for each employee it is an important way that ministry is done.

Setting a measurable goal with a date attached to it is one of the key components to strategic planning. Making a goal measurable allows you to determine if it has been completed. Adding a date gives a clear deadline of when it is to be completed. Strategically planning goals and keeping track of completion provides direction and motivation. It can force the congregation to be intentional about what it hopes to accomplish.

While goals are important, what is perhaps more important is the intentionality that comes out of the goal setting process.

Do you see strategic planning as a part of the church? If so, in what way? If not, why not?

Business of the Church: Finance (4 of 5)

This is a part of a series of posts responding to the question: Is the church a business? Today the focus is on finance.

It is critical to the life of a local congregation that good business practices be used when dealing with money and finance. Giving is an important part of our discipleship as Christians and being a good steward, manager and utilizer of money that is given is an important part of the life of the local community.

Business of the Church: Buildings (3 of 5)

This is a part of a series of posts responding to the question: Is the church a business? Today the focus is on buildings.

Existing buildings are important because the church needs a place to gather. While this may or may not be a space owned or leased by the church, there is a need for a community space. There are over 15 staff on the facilities team here at Resurrection that keep the space ready for ministry to happen. Space for worship, small groups, classes, child care, office are all important parts of existing buildings.

Another consideration in buildings in the life of the church is future buildings. This week, I was a part of a visioning team for the Spiritual Retreat Center which is being planned for several hundred acres of land about 30 minutes south of the church. At the early stage of planning, visioning what possible activities could take place is important to determine what buildings need to be constructed. When buildings are constructed they will provide limitations and shape what will be able to happen there.

Do you see buildings as a part of the church? If so, in what way? If not, why not?

Business of the Church: Technology (2 of 5)

This is a part of a series of posts responding to the question: Is the church a business? Today the focus is on technology.

Technology is an important part of my every day work as a pastor at Resurrection. We have a full time Information Technology department here at Resurrection made up of 8 staff persons. They keep internet, phone, communications and computers up and running.

As a pastor, I have found that technology helps me connect with people. Through blogging, email and church management software I am able to have contact and connection with far more people than would otherwise be possible. Technology also serves to make process and procedures more efficient allowing me to be able to spend more time with people.

The bottom line is that technology allows me to connect with more people and spend more time in personal interaction with persons.

Do you see technology as a part of the church? If so, in what way? If not, why not?

Business of the Church: Introduction (1 of 5)

I recently spoke with a reporter from the Kansas City Business Journal about technology and the church. I talked about this blog, websites, a little about the internet campus planning and about how technology can improve the level of connection between people. This got me thinking about a question that my sister posed to me last week.

Is the church a business?

My answer to that is yes, in some aspects. The church is a community of faith living into God’s kingdom, but there are some aspects of being this community that involve business. Over the next few days, I am going to be blogging about the business of the church. You can look for posts on:

  • Technology
  • Buildings
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning

Initial thoughts on any of these subjects?