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How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization

The Essential Guide for Your Church, Synagogue, Mosque or Temple

Michael A. Sand


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If you are one of the millions who regularly attend religious services, you are undoubtedly aware of the profound effect your church, synagogue, mosque, or temple has on your life. Your religious congregation is likely involved in celebratory occasions such as births, marriages, and religious holidays, as well as in times of misfortune, illness, or the death of a loved one.

Therefore, it is important, to have input into the major decisions that your congregation makes. And it is even more essential to know your duties, responsibilities, and options if you are even peripherally involved in its management.

How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization will teach you:
  • How your religious leader is hired, evaluated, and, if necessary, let go
  • How you can offer suggestions to your priest, minister, rabbi, or imam
  • Whether your religious organization is financially stable, and what type of fundraising is needed
  • How the governing body of lay leaders of your congregation can be more effective

    How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization will give you numerous ideas for improving your congregation, whatever its religious affiliation.
  • Career Press, 9781601631510, 224pp.

    Publication Date: July 15, 2011

    About the Author

    Michael A. Sand heads Sand Associates, a management-consulting firm based in Harrisburg, PA. For more than twenty-five years, he has led practical workshops across the country for representatives of nonprofit groups interested in learning about effective management. He also provides technical assistance to nonprofits in board development, strategic planning, grant writing, and fundraising. In addition, he has formed a Grant Writing and Grant Management Group which includes more than thirty experienced grant writers who assist in researching, writing and managing grant funds.