Among nonprofits, congregations are among the most cautious and least willing to accept risk in order to fulfill their mission. We’re not alone—many sleepy charities, government agencies, and old-line businesses also avoid risk—but where risk is concerned, many congregations fall into the slow group.
Author Archive | Dan Hotchkiss
by Dan Hotchkiss on September 3, 2019
Talking openly about occupational subcultures helps make board conversation richer and more fruitful.
by Dan Hotchkiss on July 1, 2019
As a young minister, I often wondered, “How am I doing?” It was a good question! But at midlife I began to ask, “How am I helping others to succeed?”
by Dan Hotchkiss on May 20, 2019
Most congregations engage in some form of social ministry—but why do they do it?
by Dan Hotchkiss on April 8, 2019
It’s fine to say, “We’re one big family. We agree to disagree.” But when the disagreement is about a matter of fundamental principle, such as who can be recognized as a full member of the family, it’s not so simple.
by Dan Hotchkiss on January 14, 2019
Is your board members’ time well spent? Ask them! If your board is like many others, you’ll tap into a deeper well of dissatisfaction than most leaders suspect.
by Dan Hotchkiss on November 5, 2018
Churches and synagogues often serve as incubators for soup kitchens, food pantries, nursery schools, retirement homes, arts programs, and other worthy ventures. Once those ventures are established, how much control should a congregation have over them?