To run a dynamic church, pastors, board members and lay leaders need to follow a basic process of strategic church management. Each church or denomination has its own set of rules that govern the details of church operation, but all should follow some basic guidelines for running a church.
Develop a vision and mission statement. Every church should continually refine their motivation for being a church. Your vision should reflect what makes your church unique in your community and should give members an opportunity to participate in ministry.
Invest time and money in staff members. These key leaders make or break the future of the church. Provide regular training and development opportunities for your ministry team. A solid staff equips volunteers and frames the vision that grows a church.
Nurture an environment of mutual trust and respect. Members of the congregation must be willing to trust the staff even if they disagree or don't understand where the ministry team is headed. A church runs on trust.
Give praise willingly. Run a church by praising members for all they do to support the church. Make them understand that they matter, that they make a difference and that you count on them for their support.
Seek out new ways of doing things. A vital church runs by doing. Pastors and staff must lead the way in learning and spiritual growth. Use failures as building blocks to a stronger church.
Foster organization. Church administration operates most efficiently when there is organization. Strive for harmony between staff and members, diversity in ministries and goals, enabling of members to use their spiritual gifts, and accountability to each other and to God.
- saint nicolai church, a medieval church in central image by donkey IA from Fotolia.com