H2O (part 1 of 8)

H2O The Gospel of John has more symbolism than the other Gospels combined. John forcefully uses bread, light, and water – all elements necessary for human life – to teach us that Christ alone is at the core of our being. Without food, water, and … [Continue reading]

Good churches need good manuals – Finance Manual

  A finance manual is critical. Church finances require the utmost level of trust from the donors and members toward the pastors and finance staff. A finance manual establishes the policies by which the church’s money will be governed and … [Continue reading]

Good churches need good manuals – Personnel Manual

Many churches don’t have a personnel manual or their manual is seriously outdated. And that is fine so long as it passes this test: will whatever you have stand up in court?   Personnel manuals are founded in personnel law which is written … [Continue reading]

Good churches need good manuals

All churches need policies. Some churches make policies in reaction to an event. That is backwards thinking. Churches must be proactive in their policies so that staff and members know what is expected and what lines cannot be … [Continue reading]

Nehemiah Answers Simon Sinek (part 2 of 2)

In part one, I recapped an excellent Ted Talk by Simon Sinek. (please stop now and watch it to more fully understand this post).   Nehemiah is a quintessential Old Testament leader. Upon hearing of the status of the protective walls and … [Continue reading]

Nehemiah Answers Simon Sinek (part 1 of 2)

In September 2009, Simon Sinek recorded the third most watched Ted Talk (you should have Ted Talks in your podcast list). It is only 18 minutes long. It is impactful. It points to a different kind of leader, an inspirational leader.   The … [Continue reading]

Employees Should Pay for Benefits with Non-Taxable Dollars

The rule of thumb is that you always want to pay for benefits with non-taxable dollars. If you pay for them with taxable dollars, then when you get the benefit, you have to pay taxes on that benefit. Taxes on premiums are always cheaper than taxes on … [Continue reading]

Jesus as a 12 Year Old Boy

Luke 2:41-52 New International Version Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents … [Continue reading]