How to Write a Church Procedure & Policy Manual

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A procedure and policy manual helps employees and volunteers understand the day-to-day operations of the church. It also gives them a reference point to complete or address any unfamiliar tasks or situations. The manual should be divided into sections on each department's functions and responsibilities.

1 Create several headings referring to each department

Create several headings referring to each department, such as Administrative, Pastoral, Teaching, Building Maintenance, Meetings and Chain of Command.

2 Write an overview

Write an overview of each department and the types of things they generally handle.

3 Create a separate page

Create a separate page with a separate heading for each function. Examples include “Cash Handling” under the Administrative department, “Marriage Counseling” under the Pastoral Department, and “Sanctuary Cleaning” under Building Maintenance.

4 Compile a list

Compile a list of simple steps which should be followed in order to complete each function.

5 Create a table

Create a table of contents with the major departments as headings and individual procedures listed under each department. Include the page number the procedure starts on. Place the table of contents at the beginning of the manual.

6 Create a title page

Create a title page with the name of your church procedure and policy manual and put it in the front.

Misty S. Bledsoe has been writing since 1995. She specializes in writing about religion, technology and solar concepts, and her articles appear on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in information technology from American Intercontinental University.