7 Questions For The Church To Ask That Hold Pastors Accountable – BLACKLIFECOACHES.NET

By Dr. Terry Jackson

Often the question is asked “What is the church doing to improve the quality of life for congregation and the community?” The church normally speaks to the different ministries it has, but most churches do not measure the impact the ministries have on the lives of their congregation or the community. This has to change.

The church is a business[M1] . Most churches are incorporated as non-profit organizations. Every week millions of people attend church; they tithe, but do not ask for a specific return on their money. The church is the only institution in which people do not seek something for their money other than a “feel good” experience. With all of the money the churches collect tangible results are needed.

In the African American community, the church is seen as a place of healing, a house of refuge. It is also the one institution in the African American community that receives millions of dollars per week yet the church creates no businesses or jobs for the congregation of community. Most churches have poor facilities to groom the youth and do not teach practical skills to its congregation that can be used daily. One of the major weaknesses of most Pastors is their lack of understanding of organizational development, more specifically financial management. This too must change. Pastors must be held accountable.

Accountability is the operative word for the African American Church and the Pastors of the church. Are they good stewards of their flock? Are they looking out for the best interest of themselves or the best interest of the congregation? What is the strategy to row the church and its flock? How can the business of the church grow locally? Basically, the Pastor is the CEO of an organization and must have a vision that enables the congregation and community to prosper. The Pastor must ensure that the church bears fruit. Remember that Jesus washed feet. How many Pastors today would do the same?

To ensure that the church has the ability to hold the Pastor accountable these “7 Questions” have been created.

1.      What organizational development skills do you possess and how do you plan to grow this church and community?

2.      What Financial Management skills do you possess and can you read financial statements?

3.      What does congregation and community well-being mean to you?

4.      How will you use technology to educate and train the congregation and community?

5.      What has your experience been with building businesses outside the church?

6.      What is your experience in developing youth leaders?

7.      What does being a servant mean to you?

Daily, African Americans are displaced from their jobs, yet they attend church Sunday’s seeking solutions to remedy their situation. They hear great messages, but most are not applicable. They tithe faithfully, but the church cannot offer them any solution that provides them a job. This must change. Billions of dollars are received by this institution, but it provides little, if any, tangible results. It’s time for accountability and transparency. Pastor you will be held accountable.


[M1]Elaborate on the church business principal.  What track record can any church or pastor produce to showcase capital gains, both financially and socially from the community it serves? What exactly is the church’s aim and purpose in your neighborhood?

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Butterfield Asks Attorney General Holder to Review Firing of Former Assistant District Attorney Faris Dixon by Pitt County District Attorney’s Office

 

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  October 21, 2014

 

Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

             Office:    (202) 225.3101               


Butterfield Asks Attorney General Holder to Review Firing of Former Assistant District Attorney Faris Dixon by Pitt County District Attorney’s Office

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking that he review the circumstances regarding the termination of former Assistant District Attorney Faris C. Dixon by the Pitt County (North Carolina) District Attorney’s office.

 

In his letter, Butterfield shared public concern over whether District Attorney Kimberly Robb’s motivation for firing Dixon was politically motivated, and concern for the pace of the subsequent investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

 

He writes, “Five months removed from the initiation of this investigation and this sensitive issue has yet to be resolved with no indication that a resolution is forthcoming.

 

“Mr. Dixon is an Eastern North Carolina native and has practiced law for 22 years.  He has diligently served his community, spending more than 13 years with the Pitt County District Attorney’s office prior to his firing in May.  Due to the political circumstances which coincide with Mr. Dixon’s firing, there are very real concerns regarding the veracity of the allegations, motivations behind the charges, and fairness of the subsequent investigation.  The community and parties involved request, and justice dictates, that this matter receives full and fair consideration.”

 

The Congressman’s full letter to Attorney General Holder follows.

 

 

October 21, 2014

 

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr.

Attorney General

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001

 

Dear Attorney General Holder:

 

I am writing to follow up on an August 25, 2014 letter sent to my Congressional office, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the North Carolina Department of Justice from a number of constituents in Pitt County, North Carolina regarding the employment practices in the Pitt County District Attorney’s office.  In particular, these constituents, as well as several media outlets, have concerns regarding the firing of former Assistant District Attorney Faris C. Dixon, Jr., the subsequent investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI) into the matter, and any political or otherwise improper motivations behind the actions taken by District Attorney Kimberly Robb and the Pitt County District Attorney’s office.

 

On May 6, 2014, Mr. Dixon, candidate for the Pitt County district court judge seat, received the most votes in the primary race against incumbent Judge Lee Teague.  The following week, on May 14, 2014, Mr. Dixon was fired from his position as Assistant District Attorney with the Pitt County District Attorney’s office.  The investigation of Mr. Dixon, based on allegations that he failed to discharge duties of his office, was then referred to the NCSBI.  Five months removed from the initiation of this investigation and this sensitive issue has yet to be resolved with no indication that a resolution is forthcoming.

 

Mr. Dixon is an Eastern North Carolina native and has practiced law for 22 years.  He has diligently served his community, spending more than 13 years with the Pitt County District Attorney’s office prior to his firing in May.  Due to the political circumstances which coincide with Mr. Dixon’s firing, there are very real concerns regarding the veracity of the allegations, motivations behind the charges, and fairness of the subsequent investigation.  The community and parties involved request, and justice dictates, that this matter receives full and fair consideration.  I respectfully request that you review this matter to ensure a fair and timely investigation of Faris C. Dixon, Jr. is completed by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

 

If you have any questions regarding this inquiry, please contact me or Brandon Coleman on my staff at (202) 225-3101.

 

Thank you very much.

              

 

Very truly yours,

 

G. K. Butterfield

Member of Congress

 

cc:          The Honorable Roy Cooper, North Carolina Attorney General

Mr. B.W. Collier, Director, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation


 

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Butterfield to Hold Third Annual Grants Workshop, Tomorrow

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For Release:  Immediate

 

 

Date:  October 21, 2014

 

Contact: Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury            

             Office:    (202) 225.3101               


Butterfield to Hold Third Annual Grants Workshop, Tomorrow

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield will hold its 3rd Annual Grants Workshop for small business owners and non-profit organizations on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham, N.C.

 

The Grants Workshop will offer small business owners and non-profit organizations the opportunity to learn about funding opportunities, the grant application process, and capacity-building methods once grant funds are received.  The workshop will also include representatives from federal, state, and private agencies, panel discussions, and how-to exercises.

 

This event is free and open to the public with registration.  The media is encouraged to attend.

 

For more information, visit here.

 

WHO: The Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield

WHAT: The 3rd Annual Small Business and Non-Profit Grants Workshop

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WHERE: The Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham, N.C.

 

http://Butterfield.House.Gov

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