Policies and Procedures (Developing Policies and Procedures (Be a few…
Policies and Procedures
Policies and Procedures Defined
Policies: A policy is a general statement that relates the church's position on a particular subject
Procedures: They describe the how by which the church or organization will implement the policy.
Advantages of Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures organize the efforts of the church or organization in attaining its objectives and goals
Policies and procedures present to both those in the church and those outside an atmosphere of order, business, and sense of purpose
Formalized, written policies and procedures become guides for operation.
Policies and procedures convert recurring problems to routine processes.
Policies and procedures aid in the formulation of church objectives and goals
Disadvantages of Policies and Procedures
Policies and procedures tend to become legal documents
Policy and procedure statements are legal documents
Policy and procedure statements when unequally applied become vehicles for contention and conflict
Out of date, unnecessary, or unmodified policy and procedure documents become hindrances to efficient operation.
Developing Policies and Procedures
Be a few short sentences in length; they should be concise but complete
Address a few related topics in each statement.
Be broad in scope
Assign responsibility for implementation and review to a group or polity organization in the church or institution
Be written in a positive rather than punitive context
Not be unnecessarily restrictive
Be enforceable and legally defensible
Be developed with the assistance of the individual(s) or group(s) who must implement and utilize the policy.
Address the policy that has been wirtten
Be written in the language of the individual or individuals who will use the procedures.
Use a step-by-step, sequential format
Allow for creativity and innovation in the implementation of some of the steps
Avoid any ambiguous or unclear statements
Be conscious of the paperwork mill
Provide policies with the implementing procedures in a written form to the church.