Taking care of business

Administrators show ecumenical spirit
It was meant as a compliment when preacher-author Leonard Sweet praised his audience as “a kind of homeland security of the church.” Sweet, evangelism professor at Drew University Theological School, was speaking to an unsung national organization of church business administrators meeting in the Colorado Rockies. Nearly 700 church professionals were getting current on auditing practices, on tax and insurance matters, and on how to protect children from sexual predators—just some of the issues that place churches in what Sweet called “a high-risk environment.”

When churches reach an attendance level of about 500 or a yearly budget of $1 million, they typically start thinking about hiring an administrator—“someone to mind the store and take care of the details,” as one administrator modestly put it.

 

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