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The Recipe For Leadership

The Recipe For Leadership
Kenny Luck

Every man carries “The Mantle” of leadership for his family. When it comes to your family, you are “The Mantle” of leadership. It’s your job – your duty – to surround and cover your wife and your children with love, affection, caring and spiritual leadership. God teaches us these Biblical truths in Timothy, Proverbs and Matthew. Let’s look at what the Bible says about how we – God’s men – should live our lives today with “The Mantle” of leadership.

What is mixed into your life? What is your heart full of? Is it full of business information? Is it trivia? Is it sports? Is it success or status? Is it politics?

Usually the dominant recipe of our heart is what we talk about.

We speak about what fills our heart. The heart of the family is what is at the heart of a man. We have to guard what goes into our mix. We have to feed on good stuff and put off bad stuff.

Jesus said it’s real easy; you simplify in terms of what you fill up on and what you leak out. You leak what you love. Let’s say that together. I leak what I love.

In Mathew 22:36-39, the question goes to Jesus: What counts? What’s important? What should we put an emphasis on? Where should we put our energy? Jesus makes it very clear that it’s about your heart being filled with the right stuff.

“Teacher,” the apostles asked Jesus, “which is the greatest commandment in the law?”

In other words: Where do I need to put my energy? What is the greatest bucket of energy I could put it in? Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with your entire mind.” The second thing is, “Love your neighbor as yourself; all of the laws hang on these two Commandments.”

If you love Jesus, you will lead like Jesus. If you love God with all your heart, you will love His word. You will be putting your life in His hands. You will be putting your family in His hands. If you love Jesus, then you will love your wife as Christ loved the Church. If you are going to put your wife, your children, and your family first, you need to put loving God at the center of your life.

That’s the recipe for success. Now we’re cooking chili as God’s man. Now we are making motions. When we are living it out like this at home, doesn’t that season everything else we’re doing? It’s kind of like having your bucket filled and the rest of your life is what’s spilling out over the top.

Watch one or more of The Mantle Sessions where men’s expert and pastor Kenny Luck helps you to learn how God’s men are learning to take hold of their mantle.

KENNY LUCK is an ECPA Platinum Award Winning Author, who has authored and co-authored 20 books for men. Kenny is the president and founder of Every Man Ministries. As the former men’s pastor at Saddleback Church in California and current leadership pastor at Crossline Community Church, Kenny has found the proven way to improve men’s ministries around the world. Sleeping Giant is this blueprint, and gives men the tools they need to lead and understand their own men’s ministry. Watch Kenny’s teachings at EveryManMinistries.com and start your men’s group today!

The above article, “The Recipe For Leadership” was written by Kenny Luck. The article was excerpted from http://www.everymanministries.com/blog/emm-main-blog/the-recipe-for-leadership.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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Overwhelmed? 10 Choices You Can Make to Start Overcoming

Overwhelmed? 10 Choices You Can Make to Start Overcoming
Brandon Cox

Do we choose to be overwhelmed? Or to suffer with depression and anxiety? The answer isn’t as simple as yes or no.

Depression and anxiety are epidemic in our culture. Suicide, the most tragic possible end of these conditions, is all too common today; and the church has had a mixed and mediocre track record of dealing with it.

Close to a decade ago, I entered a period of depression and anxiety that I didn’t see coming, and didn’t recognize until I was in fairly deep. I had made the choice to say yes to “opportunities” that wound up crowding God and other people out of my life. As a result, I descended into a bit of a pit. My soul suffered. My wife and kids suffered. My church suffered.

After moving to the West Coast and getting plugged into a church and a small group that forced us to get real, I finally began to understand where I was and make the slow and difficult climb out of the valley. I’d been overwhelmed.

What does overwhelmed look like in the life of a Christian?

First, you can’t keep God happy, so you stop trying, or at least slow down. Prayer becomes minimal. Our problem is that we often revert to being legalists who focus so much on rule-keeping that we decide it’s impossible to keep God happy, so we give up out of exhaustion.
But God never intended us to keep on trying to be good enough to make him happy.

Second, you can’t keep others happy, so you isolate, turn inward, and reject the love and help others could offer. At this point, we’ve become conformists. We give into feelings of shame, loneliness, and rejection, all amplified by a false belief that we must earn the approval of everyone around us.

But God never intended us to live life to please others nor to strive for their approval.

Third, you can’t keep yourself happy, so you give up, stop caring for your own soul, and wither emotionally. You become a perfectionist with unreachable standards for yourself. Since nobody else approves, why approve of yourself?

But God made it clear – it’s not about you. Life isn’t about self. Our unhealthy self-focus as a perfectionist pulls us further from God’s purposes.

I’m a firm believer that depression and anxiety must be dealt with in a holistic manner. We are body, soul, and spirit. We have intellect, emotions, and will. So we must address every aspect of who we are to overcome being overwhelmed.

Your physical body affects your spiritual and relational health. I mean this in at least two ways.
First, your brain produces chemicals that are supposed to be balanced, and sometimes they’re not; this isn’t your fault. Chemical imbalances can be caused by heredity or trauma; they can develop for totally unexplainable reasons. Because of this, if you experience any kind of depression or irrational thinking, it’s important to talk to your doctor.

The church has had a rather mixed track record in this arena. We’ve often sent the message that depression ought to be overcome by more prayer, more faith, repentance of sin, and decisions of the will. All of these are good, but won’t ultimately cure a chemical imbalance in the brain. So again, if you have a family history, can’t shake the irrational thinking, or can’t climb out of an emotionally dark hole, talk to your doctor.

A second way our bodies affect our spiritual and relational health is in a more basic sense. When we reject sleep, starve ourselves of a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, and remain sedentary without activity, we’re making a choice about our energy level.

The condition of your soul affects your spiritual health.

Sin, not repented of, weakens us spiritually, keeps us distant from God, and prevents us from standing against the attacks of the enemy. Confession and repentance bring the fresh freedom of grace and forgiveness from God. So when you’re overwhelmed, address the physical factors, but definitely look for unconfessed sin, a lethargic prayer life, and a lack of a steady diet of God’s truth as well.

Further, you absolutely must nurture relationships even when it’s difficult to do so. I’m a huge believer in counseling. I’ve sought it myself and reserve the right to do so again whenever I need it. I’m also a huge believer in the power of small groups as a community of fellow strugglers. Despite our Americanized individualism, God intended us to live as part of his family. He never meant for us to do life alone.

If you really want to overcome being overwhelmed, you have to make some choices. You don’t choose to be depressed, but you can always choose to start doing something about it. Here are 10 choices you can make to start overcoming.

If you haven’t already, begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by expressing your full trust in him as Savior.

Seek God’s forgiveness of any sin he brings to light.

Talk to your doctor about the physical and chemical issues possibly at play.

Intentionally open up and lean into your spouse, close friends, and your church through a small group.

Get up in the morning and tackle the day, even when it feels overwhelming to do so.
Soak up God’s truth with a steady diet of his Word.

Live to please an audience of one (hint: it’s not you, your friends, or the neighbors – it’s God).
Discover who you are in Christ. Your new identity as God’s child is everything.

Shift your focus from your happiness to the happiness of others by serving and encouraging others daily.

Tell your story. Giving others permission to acknowledge their brokenness may change or even save a life.

Do we choose to be overwhelmed? Not always. But we can always choose to face it head on in community with others and in the power of the Spirit.

The above article, “Overwhelmed? 10 Choices You Can Make to Start Overcoming” was written by Brandon Cox. The article was excerpted from http://pastors.com/overwhelmed-10-choices-can-make-start-overcoming/. August 23, 2017.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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Appointed Not Recruited

Appointed Not Recruited
Mike Mack

Leading a small group (or anything else in the church) comes out of an assignment or appointment from God. This is critical and foundational to Christian leadership. When someone recruits you to a job that you are not called to, it’s easy to throw in the towel when the going gets tough.

Are you a small group leader because someone recruited you, because there’s a shortage of leaders, or because you have been called by God?

Let me be clear: You may have been recruited, even out of a sense of need, by someone in your church: a pastor, ministry point leader, coach, or the leader of your group, for instance. That does not mean you have not also been called. God often-actually, usually-uses other people as his ambassadors to call us into his service. You may have been primarily called as a small group host or facilitator, but now I’m talking to you about being a leader, and maybe you’re thinking, Not so fast! I’m not a leader, just a host or facilitator.

Please let me encourage you.

First, don’t underestimate yourself. The best leaders are often, at first, anyway, reluctant leaders. Humility is a vital trait of a godly leader.

Second, and I’ve said this before, it’s not about you anyway! The best leaders are people who are simply willing to let God use them. God takes ordinary people and does extraordinary things through them.

Third, simply start where you are, in whatever role God has called you to, and be ready to grow into what God is making you into. Remember what Jesus told some guys who started as fishermen: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men!”

It comes down to this: You assume the role of a leader “not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be” (1 Peter 5:2). What’s important is your willingness to let God use you as he wants for his kingdom work.


A Simple Small Group Agenda
Posted By: Andrew Mason

This simple small group agenda is based on 7 principles from Acts 2:42-47, 5:42 and 6:7. The seven principles are as follows:

House-to-house gatherings – smaller than the temple courts gatherings and an expression of hospitality.

Devoted to the Apostles’ Doctrine – interacting with the Word of God in a communal setting.

Devoted to Fellowship – experiencing the 59 one another’s of the NT.

Devoted to Breaking Bread – meals, snacks and communion together.

Devoted to Prayer – encountering His presence and power.

Living on Mission – being a witness together through serving, outreach and evangelism.

Experiencing Multiplication – cultivating kingdom laborers and launching new communities.

These seven principles represent settings, practices and the fruit that is produced as a result.

They can be touched upon in a weekly home group through a simple small group agenda known as The Four W’s: Welcome, Word, Worship and Witness. I did not come up with these but I have revised them slightly. Ralph W. Neighbour originally developed the concept of The Four W’s.

(15-20 minutes)
The Welcome time helps people get connected to each other as they arrive. A meal or snacks and upbeat Christian music can create an irresistible atmosphere (See also Creating An Irresistible Environment). When we have provided the opportunity for a meal, we offer it as an option 30 minutes before the starting time.

This window as well as the time hanging out after dismissal are the key times for believers to experience the 59 “one another” of the New Testament. For more on this see The 59 One Another’s of the Bible.

The group should be small enough and healthy enough for everyone to fellowship. It should be illegal for a person to show up to a small group and experience isolation.

Before you move into the Word segment, you can begin to transition the Welcome time by starting the meeting with an Ice Breaker. For more on this see Tons of Free Ice Breakers and

Why They’re Effective.

(30 – 45 minutes)
The Word time should complement the corporate teaching time in the weekend service (not try to duplicate it). People need to grow in the Word of God through hearing (corporate teaching) and dialogue (small group). See my article Fully Developed Disciples for more on that.

This can be achieved in a small group through a Word-centered conversation. If the Word of God is a seed then an interactive Bible discussion can plow the fallow ground of a person’s heart through deepening, open-ended questions (See Small Group Discussion Questions that Go

Deep as well). This process can be remembered with the acronym for SOIL:
S – Scripture reading and focus (this is also the spot for a short video teaching if you’re using video curriculum)
O – Observation questions about the passage.
I – Interpretation questions about the passage.
L – Life application questions about the passage.

Facilitating skills, listening, vulnerability and navigating personalities are keys to an effective Word segment (See Five Facets of Facilitating with Finesse) .

The goal here is for people to grow in their knowledge of the Word and develop their own language for discussing their faith. Transformation occurs through revelation and transparency with the community of believers.

(20 – 25 minutes)
Some prefer to have their worship time before the Word segment and end their meeting with prayer. Whatever works best for your group or that night’s purpose is what you should do. I prefer to lead into the time of intercession with worship.

First I ask for and write down any prayer requests from the group. We then seek God’s face in praise and worship for 5-8 minutes before bringing our prayer requests to His throne. It’s an open time where anyone can lead out.

The worship time releases presence, prayer and power in the midst of the group in a way that builds up each other’s faith and spiritually bonds everyone together.

(5-10 minutes)
As you close your gathering you can share vision for the future direction of the group. This is vital to keeping the group looking outward through mission, ministry and multiplication.

Serving opportunities and reaching out to unbelievers as a group promotes a balanced discipleship pattern. Multiplication of the group through the cultivation of laborers and launching of a new group should be discussed for the group to continue to grow into a kingdom mindset (See also 5 Ways to Multiply a Small Group).

A typical small group meeting should last between 90 minutes to two hours. We’ve had people at our house for over four hours, but we’ve always dismissed the formal meeting within two hours. After the dismissal, we welcome people to stay as long as they want but that may differ for you.

To dive in deeper on these concepts I highly recommend Joel Comiskey’s book, “How to Lead an Effective Cell Group Meeting.”

The above article, “Appointed Not Recruited” was written by Mike Mack. The article was excerpted from http://www.smallgroupchurches.com/blog/.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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10 Common Characteristics of the Top Ten Leaders I’ve Ever Worked With

10 Common Characteristics of the Top Ten Leaders I’ve Ever Worked With
Chuck Lawless

Over the years, I’ve worked with a number of strong leaders in various capacities. Each of them has unique strengths, but I’ve decided today to list common characteristics I’ve seen in all of the top ten leaders I’ve known:

They know Christ. I grant that this first trait should be not a surprise, given that I’ve worked in the Christian world for almost 40 years. And, some of my top ten leaders are probably more committed to Christ than others (in fact, check here for “Markers of the Best Spiritual Leaders I Know”) – but all operate from a Christian foundation.

They continually dream about what’s next. Never do they get comfortable with today’s accomplishments. Always, they’re dreaming about the next steps in the plan – even if they’re creating that plan on a napkin in a restaurant.

They trust the team they’ve enlisted. That’s because they hire the best (well, except when I was part of the team, I suppose . . .), and they recognize just how much they need them to carry out the details of the plan.

They take care of their team. You want to be part of the team because of the vision, and then you learn that the leader provides well for his or her team. You feel wanted, appreciated, needed, and honored.

They read present-tense reality well. Each of these leaders has a unique ability to look at the circumstances, figure out what’s up, and plan accordingly for the next appropriate steps. They seldom miss in their perceptions.

They get a lot done while still taking time off. I get a lot done, but I’ve not learned the latter part well. The best leaders I’ve worked with somehow lead organizations, write books, equip other leaders, and enjoy their free days and their vacation weeks.

There is no pretense in them. You get to know all about them – the good and the bad, the victories and the struggles, the questions and the answers – but that’s the point: they are just who they are. They play nobody’s game.

They know the organization is bigger than they are. All of these leaders could easily build a kingdom around them, but they choose not to do so. They consistently put the goals of their organizations above theirs-sometimes choosing against their own wishes for the sake of the organization.

They laugh a lot. The more I think about the common characteristics, the more I’m reminded of the laughs I’ve had with these leaders. They do serious work, and they hold their team to high standards-but they have a lot of fun getting there.

They adore their family and make time for them. Frankly, this characteristic may be the one that most moves some good leaders I’ve worked with off this list. The best leaders I know prioritize their family, and their family knows it.

What common characteristics have you seen in your top leaders? And, if you’re interested, here are also my thoughts about “the best bad church leaders I’ve ever known.”

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The above article, “10 Common Characteristics of the Tip Ten Leaders I’ve Worked With” was written by Chuck Lawless. The article was excerpted from chucklawless.com. June 2018.

The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.

This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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How to Communicate Vision for Events

How to Communicate Vision for Events
Gina Webster

When planning an event for your ministry, having a clear vision is critical. Before the pen hits the paper and the first phone call is made, there is a question that begs to be asked: What is the heart of God for this event?

Ask God for Clear Vision

As leaders we need to ask God to grant us discernment and clarity of vision. What do YOU want to do, Lord? Let us learn from Jehoshaphat’s story in 2 Chronicles 20. When he had solidified his kingship by fortifying the nation of Judah, he got word that he was being attacked. In the face of uncertainty about how to proceed, he uttered these words before the entire assembly,

“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

Jehoshaphat looked to God, listened to God and then led the people. As a result, they saw the Lord bring victory and get glory. Look, listen, lead. We often feel an urgency to act. We begin the voyage without the vision. God holds all vision and entrusts that vision to His people to accomplish His purposes upon this earth.

Begin the Voyage of Constant Communication

When God begins to reveal His purposes for an event, they can often be communicated through a theme. Determine the theme, declare it to your team and make it known with excitement! Your team will follow in the current of strong and steady vision.

Declare the vision and position the vision as the supporting beams upon which the event rests.

Accomplish your goals by wielding God’s Word.

Wielding the Word of God will produce the fruit of transformation.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

You want women encouraged? Wield the Word and teach a scripture like Zephaniah 3:17. Want women to walk in freedom? Wield the Word and bring Galatians 5:1 to the table. Want women to leave unified? Wield the Word and have your speaker teach on Ephesians 4. Want hope to arise in your women? Break down Isaiah 40:31 or Psalm 42:5 and breathe fresh hope into their lungs.

Ask God for clear vision. Begin the voyage. Communicate clearly and often. Wield the Word and watch God do His thing.

About The Author

Gina Webster

Gina Webster is passionate about beholding the greatness of God through the Word of God. She lives in The Woodlands, Texas, where she leads Revive Gathering Ministries, whose mission is to glorify God, magnify His Word and unify women. She has been married to her husband Cas for 15 years, and they have two children, CJ and Caroline. She loves studying the Bible, seeing women encounter Christ through its pages and spending time with her family in the mountains. You can find out about Revive gathering ministries at revivegathering.org.

The above article, “How to Communicate Vision for Events” was written by Gina Webster. The article was excerpted from https://womensministry.net/members/how-to-communicate-vision-for-events/
The material is copyrighted and should not be reprinted under any other name or author. However, this material may be freely used for personal study or research purposes.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”

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Church Janitor

Church Janitor
Bro. Shawn Green
First Apostolic Church – 2005

Job Purpose

To maintain and keep beautiful the House of God, both internally and externally. The major focus of this job will be to work under the church maintenance director in doing all of the janitorial cleaning of the interior of the church. In being apart of this team you will help make the church a better outreach tool and a more pleasant place to worship.

Job Qualifications

1. Must be filled with the Holy Ghost.

2. Must meet the qualifications of church membership.

3. Must be loyal to the Pastor.

4. Must be willing to work in harmony with others.

5. Must carry a burden for the House of God.

6. Must be able to instill enthusiasm and faithfulness in volunteers.

7. Must be faithful and dependable in accomplishing duties.

8. Must have a knowledge of the operation/functions of equipment and general repairs.

Job Responsibilities

* Shall attend all work days in maintaining church maintenance

* Shall clean and maintain church carpets, rugs, bathroom facilities, gutters, all waxing and painting.

* Shall service all heating and air conditioning filters bi-monthly. Shall light pilots and clean each year.

* Shall repair any equipment and or appliances under the supervision of the maintenance director.

* Shall change lights in sanctuary, foyer, and outside security when needed.

* Shall drain, clean, and change baptistery monthly and add chemicals when needed.

* Shall give inventory and purchase of all church cleaning and washroom supplies.

* All work shall be written on time cards and be submitted to the maintenance director.

Other Duties

* Shall be an example to the church in faithfulness by attending all church services and functions.

* Shall be an example to the church in soul winning by continually involved in the Home Bible Study Ministry, or some other form of outreach ministry.

* Shall be an example to the church in spiritual growth by coming at least one-half hour before each service to pray.

* Shall attend all departmental meetings.

* Shall perform additional duties are required. Organizational Relationships

The church janitor is responsible directly to the maintenance director. Each year the Pastor and the maintenance director will review this job description, update and improve to make more applicable to the position. Accountability will consist of a monthly maintenance report of all activities. Shall work directly with the Maintenance director. Evaluation of performance of this position shall be performed by the Pastor on an annual basis. The term of this office shall be for one year.

Training and Development

* Listen to “How to get people to think and act favorable with you” by Millard Bennet * * Read “Let My People Grow” by Tim Massengale
* Read additional books provided by the director

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Besides “How much will it cost?” what do pastors most frequently ask about church construction? We asked six professionals in the church building industry for input. Some of the questions and answers:

What should we build: first; a sanctuary, education building, or family life center?

That depends on the ministry, says Buddy Siebenlist of Paul & Associates/ Siebenlist Architects. But his experiences as an architect and church staffer have taught him that the sanctuary should tee the primary consideration in any building campaign. “On absolutely every sanctuary project that we have done, the church has always experienced a tremendous attendance and membership boom,” Siebenlist says. A growing church means a greater base of support for a larger budget and building fund, however. So Siebenlist suggests that the second and third building phase of a rapidly growing congregation be started soon after the completion of the sanctuary.

How many people should our new sanctuary seat?

Twice the number of people in your current building. That’s a good rule of thumb, Suggests Mark West, business development manager for Century Builders. But he adds, “Obviously this needs to be evaluated against the financial picture of the church.” If your budget won’t allow you to build a sanctuary that large, choose a design that will allow you to expand in the future.

How large a building do we need?

That depends on how much space you allocate per person, says Steve Beutler, vice president of Miracle Steel Structures. The formula he uses to compute the size of a church complex follows. Spread the calculations throughout the sanctuary, meeting rooms, nurseries, and educational space of your church complex:

Age                                        Preschool     Grades 1-5     Grades 6-8      Grades 9-12        Adults
Square Feet Per Person          30                     22                  20                       18                     10

How much parking space will we need?

Begin by checking city or county codes for church parking, West suggests. Then figure out your current parking ratio. “If your own ratio is lower than local code, we suggest you use it,” he says. For
example, a city code may require one parking space for every three seats in the sanctuary. That ratio would be 3:1. But if your actual ratio is 2.5:1, and your congregation is comfortable with that, you should stick with it. The usual seat-to-parking ratios used by churches are from 2:1 to 4: West says.

How long will it take to build?

Assuming you already own a site, allow two yens for the planning, design, and construction of the facilities, West says. “Once the exact scope of the project is defined, a more definite schedule can be determined,” he adds.

Mark Ryczek of Threshold Design says you should also factor in how much time it takes a congregation to make decisions. “You need one tune frame in which to develop drawings and another in which to put up the building after getting support from the congregation.”

Ryczek says. Another key influence is whether this is new construction or a remodeling project.

A suggested timetable for computing the time it will take to build:

Task Feasibility and programming Conceptual design. Design development and refining. Contract documents, specs, bids Time till construction starts Construction (new) Construction (remodeling) Time 2 months 3 months 4 months 1 months 6 months 4 months

Should we hire an architect?

That depends on the type of building process you choose; with design- build, you don’t need one. But in general, Shawn Barrett, sales and marketing director for United Church Structures, strongly recommends hiring an architect because of the services that person offers. “It is difficult to get around using one because of an architect’s understanding of the unique functions and building codes for your area,” Barrett says. She recommends hiring an architect who is experienced at working with churches because the functions of a church are different from those of commercial facilities. “It also helps to have someone who is used to working with building committees,” she says.

Can we do the work ourselves?

Yes, with proper supervision, say builders such as Tom Lundberg of GuideOne Taylor Ball Construction. “We like to accommodate volunteer labor whenever we can,” Lundberg says. “But we supervise to ensure quality control.” He recommends that a church realistically assess the number of volunteers it has and the time they can offer to the project as well as how well they’ll work with construction deadlines. Manufacturers of pre-engineered buildings encourage volunteer participation. “Our buildings are designed for that, ” says Beutler. “The church can do pieces of the work, such as electrical or plumbing, or they can start with concrete and build the whole thing with volunteer labor.”

When should we start talking to lenders about financing?

The earlier the better. “Most churches can find out without too much trouble what kind of debt they can take on,” West says. As soon as you determine the general scope of your project, ask your builder for a rough estimate of costs. If the project is economically feasible for your congregation, have preliminary design documents prepared along with a budget. You can then present those numbers to potential lenders.

How do we get started?

Odd Brown of Jim Brown Construction and Church Design Architecture wishes more pastors would ask builders that question. “Most churches don’t know what committees they need and in what order, what the committee goals should be, and who should serve on them,” he says. His recommendations:

Form a committee of key decision makers to determine the ministry needs of the church and their order of importance.

Form a committee to decide how much money can be raised for the building project.

Bring those recommendations to the finance committee, which then can put together a financial package that takes into account current and projected debt levels, income from fundraising efforts and loan packages, and makes its own recommendation about the church’s financial limitations.

With cost parameters in hand, solicit bids for the design and construction. “This will help avoid purchasing $100,000 blueprints that will never be used because the church can’t afford to build the
beautiful building they just designed,” Brown says.

How much will it cost?

This is the first question that pastors ask, and it’s the hardest for construction professionals to answer, says Barrett. “The answer depends on so many variables,” she says. Her company provides preengineered wooden shells for buildings, so quotes on those are easy. But finishing costs for any type of construction vary according to location, materials, codes, and restrictions as well as what building firm you use.

Some general guides:

Least expensive scenario. The church is the general contractor and hires its own workers and subcontractors and puts up a preengineered building. Approximate cost: $60 a square foot.

Design-build construction for an average-size church (8,000-12,000 square foot) is a bargain at $50-60 a square foot. A larger building may drop the price even lower.

Most expensive. A Catholic church in a large city had to get approval from its diocese for every construction decision. That meant contractors and subcontractors had to finance the operation for almost a year. Total cost of construction: more than $190 a square foot. Average cost. For a preengineered package: $70-$85 a square foot. For traditional construction: $80-100 a square foot for sanctuary space, and $70-90 for administrative and educational space. Jennifer Schuchmann is a management consultant from Marietta, Georgia Her e-mail address is j.schuchmann@mindspring.commailto:jschuchmann@mindspring.com.

Copyright c 2000 by the author or Christianity Today, Inc./Your Church Magazine. Click here for reprint information on Your Church. March/April 2000, Vol. 46, No. 2, Page 11


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To maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the House of God. The major focus of your job will be upon janitorial cleaning of all interior church facilities. By concentrating your work upon this, you will make the House of God a more pleasant place to worship, attractive to visitors, thereby having a meaningful affect upon our community towards revival.


1. Must be loyal to the Pastor.
2. Must be willing to work in harmony with others.
3. Must have a high regard and concern for the House of God.
4. Must be faithful and dependable in accomplishing duties.
5. Must have knowledge of basic cleaning skills and products.


Shall oversee and supervise all operations of the custodial responsibilities under the direction of the Pastor/Men’s Ministry Director. Shall seek to implement all duties with tact, zeal, and dedication.

Shall work in close communication with the Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Ministries Directors in relation to church work days and special cleaning projects scheduled.

Shall stress to Department leaders and others who sponsor special events and functions at the church, such as weddings and showers, etc., that it is their responsibility to provide proper clean up.

a. If there is a problem in this area shall work with the respective Department Head to remedy the situation, or make note of any problem to the Men’s Ministry Director.

Shall assist with the development of Facility Use Guidelines to be utilized in the future.

Shall maintain the inventory of church cleaning supplies and submit an ordering list as needed to the church secretary. You may be required to pick up some supplies occasionally.

Shall sporadically spot check the facilities at your convenience such as before or after services, in case of situations needing immediate attention.

Shall insure that the following duties are performed on a weekly basis.

1. All classrooms are vacuumed, straightened, and garbage taken out.
2. Cafeteria is straightened, garbage emptied, and floors cleaned (mopped/waxed) as needed.
3. Gymnasium is straightened as best as you’re able, and the floor dustmopped.
a. Insure that table and chair racks are straight.
4. Plants in atrium are watered and groomed – more often if needed. Shall insure that lightbulbs are checked/changed in office, atrium, and outside entry areas.

Shall clean the glass top of the copy machine each week.

Shall insure that the following duties are performed twice per week.

1. Sanctuary is dusted, vacuumed, trash picked up, and chairs picked up.
2. Halls and Nursery are vacuumed, garbage emptied, and Nursery sheets are washed (sheets may be delegated to another individual).
3. Atrium is vacuumed, dusted, and windows cleaned.
4. Bathroom floors are cleaned, garbage emptied, sinks, commodes, mirrors cleaned, and tissue and paper towels replenished.
5. Office area is vacuumed, dusted, garbage emptied, and bathrooms cleaned.
6. Insure that the water fountains are cleaned.

Shall periodically dust the woodwork of the church facilities such as window sills, and door frames, etc.

Shall remove cobwebs a minimum of once per quarter.


Shall work with the Pastor in selecting a qualified replacement to help you in all phases of your custodial duties when needed.

If unable to work because of an emergency, shall inform the Pastor in advance and have a substitute work in your place.

Shall be an example to the church in faithfulness by attending all church services and functions.

All church keys and related materials loaned to you during the term of your duties must be returned upon leaving your position.

Shall be responsible for the security of areas under your care including access to locked rooms.

Shall perform additional duties as required.


The Church Custodian is responsible directly to the Pastor. Each year the Pastor will review this Job Description, update and improve to make more applicable to the position. unaccountability shall consist of infrequent spot-checking by the Men’s Ministries Director of all activities and upcoming events. The custodian shall work closely with all departments, but especially with Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Ministries. Evaluation of performance of this position shall be performed by the Pastor on an annual basis. The term of this office shall be for one year.


Assist in developing a set of facility use guidelines.
Develop an Inventory Supply requisition form.
Purchase supplies.


Shall attend at Youth Retreat in Gatlinburg, the Late Night Maintenance Ministries Banquet, which this year features Janitor Drums singing “Cleanse me oh Lord”, and also a short workshop by Mr. Whipple on the rare and dying art of squeezing the Charmin. Shall speak to the Church family, and give a short report on this workshop Sunday a.m. – November 30, 1991. For your information the banquet will be held in the basement boiler room in the convention center.

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The duty of the Ground’s keeper is to care for the area known as “Pentecost Park”, which includes Revival Tabernacle. You will help watch over the care and security of the buildings and utilities of the church grounds. It also include the maintenance of the grass and foliage visible surrounding the church area.


1. You are to assure that the church property and premise are secure each night. This is one of your primary duties.

a. The main gate is to be closed and locked by ll:OOpm.
b. All buildings doors and windows should be locked up.
c. All interior lights are out (except for those specified for security reasons.)
d. Exterior lights are on throughout the property (those on time-clocks need to be kept properly adjusted.)
e. Air conditioners and furnaces turned off.
f. Windows are closed and locked.
g. Check the burglar alarm to see that they are properly set and working. (Notify the business manager or church secretary of the alarm being on.)
h. Make sure the water is not left running anywhere for extended periods.
i. Make sure the watch dog is released to roam the property after the gate has been locked. If we have one on the premises.

2. Daily duties for opening the church grounds.

a. Make sure the main gate has been unlocked by 7:00 am.
b. Check to assure that all the exterior lights are off.
c. Put the watch dog in his yard and feed each morning.

3. Preparing the church for service.

a. Open the church in plenty of time for morning service or practices in the evenings.
b. See to proper preparation for temperature control, such as the furnaces thermostat. (the thermostat should be set to 68*, no higher except in severe cold weather)
c. Open the windows in warm weather and make sure closed when turning on the heat.
d. make sure the lights have been turned on ( the minimum necessary for opening the service)
e. Have the baptistery light turned on if the drapes are open.


The care of the watch dog will be your responsibility. You will need to see that it has been feed, watered, and cared for. If the watch dog belongs to the church, when food must be purchased it is to come from the petty cash. Droppings are to be disposed of, except for the remote areas around back of the Ranch House where people do not walk.

The premises must be clean, especially over the weekends. There must be no dog droppings anywhere visible from the parking lots or the church walkways. This will help present a clean appearance to visitors and guests. All papers picked up along the entry drive. This should be taken care of before Sunday morning Sunday School. The trash cans next to the church should be cleaned out before church to help eliminate the spreading of trash because of a full trash can.

It is good to check the entire entry and front of the church and the driveway in front for trash. We want our church and guest to see a clean entry way on entering the house of God.

Always report any repairs needed, breakage, vandalism, water dripping, running toilets, lack of supplies, improper cleaning, or anything else to the appropriate person. Areas needing repairs see the Maintenance Director. Emergency repairs contact the appropriate person.

You will be asked to help with late deliveries or deliveries made when offices are closed. You also may need to open spaces for repair work which is needed after, working hours or when people are not at their offices. Help these people with directions and assistance as best you can. If you feel the repair presents a problem and are not sure of what to do. Contact either the person placing the request or an appropriate church leader for direction.

You will have certain keys to the premises, be very careful with those keys. If lost they could present a serious threat to the security of the church property. If you are asked to open rooms for people refer them to their leaders who should be opening the room . You are not the ground keepers to open doors for everyone.

You are not to permit additional people to live on the premises without permission of the Pastor. Visitors staying more than three (3) days should have permission of the Pastor.

Because of the high cost of utilities it is very important there are no lights or power units (A/C -Heating) operating when not necessary. Always check to be sure there are no lights, heaters, A/C, etc. on in the church, T.C.A., annex, or education buildings at night.

There may be other tasks you will be asked to do, or help with, by the Pastor. Of course always feel free to help maintain and keep the church premises cleaned.

Remember, that if you have children, it is extremely important that you teach them to take care and respect all the church facilities. They are and not to be in unsupervised areas or playing in the areas set aside as residence area of other people living on the property. Living as close as everyone does it is important that all respect each other’s privacy and property.

Housing and utilities will be provided for you. The area on the north end of the Ranch House will designated your home. You are responsible for taking care of the area in front and back. We will do all we can to advise the church that this is your home and it should be treated with all the courtesies of someone’s home. In return for the living arrangements we are expecting that a minimum of 70 hours service by you each month for fulfill the duties listed in this contract.


You will be in charge of any watering not covered by the automatic sprinkling system. General landscaping around the church and exposed buildings are your requirements. The areas around each person’s residence will be their own responsibility. You will need to contact the Maintenance Director of any problems that may arise. For an emergency contact the pastor or his designated person for direction and approval on special work needed.


The living arrangement here on the church property may be ended by either party if the arrangements become unsuitable for a good working relationship or a hardship develops. It will be the responsibility of each to give the other a 30 day notice, without any hard feelings.

This position is to be filled on a one year basis with the last day of August being the renewal date. Now is the time any changes should be made to the working order of the contract with both parties agreeing in the changes.


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JOB DESCRIPTION: Church Maintenance Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION: Church Maintenance Manager
Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle
Aaron Arrowood

Job Purpose
To maintain a high standard of cleanliness in and around the church. To keep all machines in good running order. To be faithful in organizing the helpers that will be given to you. To create an atmosphere that is comfortable to pray, worship, or fellowship in seven days a week.

Job Qualifications

1. Must have maintenance experience

2. Must be filled with the Holy Ghost..

3. Must be loyal to the pastor.

4. Must be willing to work well with others.

5. Must be faithful and dependable at all times.

6. Must dress appropriately according to the teachings of the church.

Job Responsibilities

These responsibilities are to be maintained on a weekly basis.
1. Shall maintain the auditorium.
a. Sweeping
b. Dusting
c. Put all song books away
d. Collect all loose debris

2. Shall change all bad light bulbs

3. Shall clean all windows

4. Shall clean all areas of every bathroom

5. Shall maintain the water fountain, baptismal, and the drinking fountains

6. Must cut the grass and maintain hedges

7. Must maintain the sidewalks and parking lot by sweeping and collecting garbage

8. Must change the garbage bags

9. Must maintain heating and cooling units

10. Must maintain and prevent future maintenance in the plumbing

11. Must organize a bi-annual date on which the entire church will be welcome to help clean the church


Organizational Relationships

The maintenance manager is to head up a staff of two unpaid volunteers. He is directly responsible to the pastor and the board who will annually evaluate his job and if need be update his job description.


Training and Development

Heating and air conditioning classes at the University in the fall

Any manuals or material needed for information concerning the maintenance of the church will be purchased at the church’s expense.

You will have access to any funds that are necessary to carry out your job properly.


Job Goals for the Year

1. Organize, use, and train volunteers.

2. Upgrade the condition of the church building and surrounding area at all times.

3. Maintain cleanliness in the church and surrounding area at all times.

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