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How to Choose Software to Manage Your Church
This quick and simple overview is a helpful introduction for congregations considering church management software.
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Leadership and Management

Many congregational leaders know the importance of clear mission and vision statements. However, congregational leaders are less capable at enacting plans.

Years ago, Kennon Callahan described this as “calling plays the players can play.” There are lots of visionary congregational leaders, but not so many who can pull off Vacation Bible School. There need to be more leaders who learn to put plans into action. There need to be more who can manage annual festivals, start a small group ministry or spearhead an outreach trip. As a congregational leader, dreaming the big stuff can be seductive. But sometimes leadership means being able to design an operational infrastructure that can support a new Advent program.

After all, what good is a vision if the website hasn’t been updated?

The difference between management and leadership

I know there is a difference between management and leadership. But I also think the difference of the two apply more distinctly to very large organizations. Given the scale of most congregations, the distinction between leadership and management is certainly smaller than for a Fortune 500 company.

The link between leadership and management in the congregation is learning. Effectiveness at both means a commitment to learning how to do something new. Sometimes it is not so much vision that is needed as the ability to learn to accomplish tasks. This dynamic is true for many in the congregational system. The dynamic of learning is not limited to the lead pastor or to the chair of the board.

Flourishing congregations

Congregations that flourish function as a learning community. This is true even if the congregation doesn’t call itself that.

There is an observable pattern among congregations which learn to do new things. This pattern goes beyond the distinctions between leadership and management. The specifics of this pattern differ from congregation to congregation. However, this pattern reveals the importance of plans and behaviors as a congregation moves through:

Is all this not theological enough?

This pattern is interestingly close to the pattern of revelation, identified by James Loder in his book The Transforming Moment. This pattern is at least as important, however less enticing, than having a vision. Sometimes good management is excellent leadership.

In terms of organizational learning, the book Immunity to Change from Kegan and Lahey provides a powerful perspective on how to manage any number of relational and missional challenges while leading and managing a congregation.

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Church Management Software Research
This webpage offers information to help congregations navigate the evaluation and purchase of management system solutions, including church management software.
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The Facility Management Handbook
This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about managing a facility, ranging from the basics to maintaining an environmentally friendly facility.
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Records Management: Retention Schedule
This template provides processes to inventory, retain and dispose of business records.
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Managing Church Facility Use
Published as a part of the Church Tax and Law Ministy of Christianity Today, this helpful article is a user-friendly guide for congregations to use in accessing church safety and security policies.
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The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management
This resource argues that responsibilities like finances and personnel are part of maintaining a healthy ministry.
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Smart Church Management: A Quality Guide to Church Administration
This concise book provides tips and tools on a variety of administrative topics --- communication concerns, problem-solving, and specific issues like how to protect against embezzlement.
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International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
This organization provides members with educational events, training and networking opportunities, resource guides, and a certification program all related to managing your congregation's facility.
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Church & Donor Management Software—ChMS
This chart visually summarizes 34 church management software vendors to help users identify what will work best for their needs.
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