My 5 for Friday (May 11, 2018)

How do you budget on inconsistent income? How can you gain influence with a team? And what is the real cost of facility ownership?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. How To Budget On Inconsistent Income by Chuck Bentley. For those with an inconsistent income, it can be daunting to know where to start in making a budget. While it may prove to be a bit more challenging, it’s certainly not impossible. In this post,  Chuck Bentley lays out four practical steps to budgeting with an inconsistent income that will alleviate the questions in knowing where to start and encourage you towards financial health.
  2. 7 Ways I Gain Influence with a Team by Ron Edmonson. Whether you’re in the process of building a team or have inherited a team to lead, you’re going to want influence with them. Ron Edmondson notes that “developing influence in either setting requires an intentional effort on the part of the leader. Influence is never gained simply by holding a position.” So what does this intentional effort look like? Check out this post for seven ways to gain influence with a team.
  3. The “Real” Cost of Facility Ownership: What They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary by Tim Cool. Facility ownership is a big commitment both with time and finances. But have you ever looked to see how much that ownership over time is really going to cost you? Tim Cool points out that “most ministry leaders do not understand that the ongoing costs eclipse the initial costs and do so in a much bigger way than you would imagine.” Take a look at this article for a practical breakdown of costs so that you can be prepared.
  4. How To Be A Peacemaker And Avoid Staff Conflict by Tim Gocha. The reality is that most teams will experience conflict at some point. So how do you respond in those moments? Tim Gocha poses the question that: “What if, instead of digging in, holding a grudge, or being part of the problem, those in church leadership positions decide to look at conflict through a peacemaking lens?” Keep reading for more insight into how a leader can be a catalyst for peace-making in the midst of staff conflict.
  5. What Stewardship Communicates About Your Leadership by Tony Morgan. What comes to mind when you hear the word “stewardship”? Does it have to do with finances? Time? Tony Morgan points out that stewardship encompasses more than just time and money and we are called to be good stewards over all of these areas. “Being a good steward is not an either/or proposition, but is an all/and responsibility. For those leading the church, there is subtle understanding that all resources are a gift from God.” Read more for encouragement on stewarding God’s resources well.

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