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How a healthy church can spiral — quickly — into dysfunction »

Churches are more like organisms than they are organizations. Like an organism, when church health declines, it typically does so slowly. But there are cases when an otherwise healthy person experiences a sudden deterioration. Healthy churches can also experience a sharp decline in health. There are cases of healthy churches…

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Protecting your church and religious organization against fraud »

Now more than ever, all organizations are exposed to risk, including cyber security breaches and internal fraud. Religious institutions -- which strive on building a trusting relationship with their members and employees on the foundation of religious beliefs, coupled with tight budgets and limited financial oversight -- are even more…

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The Israel Experience: Closer Than You Think »

For people of faith, the appeal of a trip to Israel is timeless. To walk where Jesus walked, and to experience the Land of the Bible, is an experience like no other. It is also an unparalleled fellowship opportunity — a journey that can begin, for a church-based travel group, well…

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Performance bonds: beneficial or a waste of money? »

For most of my professional career, I have been anti-performance and payment bond-oriented. To me, they seem like such a waste of money. In short, they're just an insurance policy (although the Surety industry would say they are not “insurance” but rather a “guarantee” -- semantics!) in the unlikely event…

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Ordination class of 2015 shows increase in number ordained, reflects positive impact of support from families, Catholic schools, parish priests »

WASHINGTON -- The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people. Seven in 10 (71 percent) say they were encouraged by a…

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What makes a leader a Christian leader? »

As a big fan of Major League Baseball and Christianity, I like to keep my ears open to hearing of Christian ballplayers. It’s not that their statistics are going to be any different or that they run faster or slower. I watch them to see how they live.…

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Dollar’s dollars: restricted gifts and abandoned projects »

Televangelist Creflo Dollar recently came under fire for asking that 200,000 of his followers donate $300 each to buy a $60-million luxury jet for his use. In the wake of bad publicity associated with the request, it appears that he may have cancelled the campaign before reaching his goal. The…

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‘Heads up’ safety — a paramount concern »

The Christian high school had much to be proud of: a history of academic excellence; a great reputation for community service; and also, as a much respected perennial contender for state football champion.…

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How to choose the right insurance for your church »

The one constant when purchasing insurance is uncertainty. A few days of unexpected rain can carry in its wake a flood of unwelcome expenses and stress. Thankfully, insurance minimizes the havoc that can occur from such an event.…

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Phase 3: The Campaign »

In this series installment, Paul Gage spotlights the public phase of the process: the Campaign itself. It’s a critical time — and it requires plenty of prep work to get right.…

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How a healthy church can spiral — quickly — into dysfunction

Churches are more like organisms than they are organizations. Like an organism, when church health declines, it typically does so slowly. But there are cases when an otherwise healthy person experiences a sudden deterioration. Healthy churches can also experience a sharp decline in health. There are cases of healthy churches…

5-4-15 / No Comment / Read More »
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Protecting your church and religious organization against fraud

Now more than ever, all organizations are exposed to risk, including cyber security breaches and internal fraud. Religious institutions -- which strive on building a trusting relationship with their members and employees on the foundation of religious beliefs, coupled with tight budgets and limited financial oversight -- are even more…

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Protecting your church and religious organization against fraud

Now more than ever, all organizations are exposed to risk, including cyber security breaches and internal fraud. Religious institutions -- which strive on building a trusting relationship with their members and employees on the foundation of religious beliefs, coupled with tight budgets and limited financial oversight -- are even more…

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Dollar’s dollars: restricted gifts and abandoned projects

Televangelist Creflo Dollar recently came under fire for asking that 200,000 of his followers donate $300 each to buy a $60-million luxury jet for his use. In the wake of bad publicity associated with the request, it appears that he may have cancelled the campaign before reaching his goal. The…

4-3-15 / No Comment / Read More »
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LED display walls: 101

To discuss what an LED display wall is — and how it can enhance the worship experience and your church’s financial bottom line — we must first understand what an LED is.…

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System components: knowing your options

In the ongoing quest to create better, more effective worship, the need for good sound is paramount. Whether clearly articulating a meaningful sermon or delivering a praise band’s impactful musical performance, it’s important that every person — in every seat — is treated to the best possible sonic experience.…

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The Israel Experience: Closer Than You Think

For people of faith, the appeal of a trip to Israel is timeless. To walk where Jesus walked, and to experience the Land of the Bible, is an experience like no other. It is also an unparalleled fellowship opportunity — a journey that can begin, for a church-based travel group, well…

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The CE Interview: MARI BETH POOR — finding solutions by serving

As iServe pastor, Mari Beth Poor oversees the “on the mountain” ministries that enhance the overall experience of people attending Sunday worship services at Mountaintop Community Church. These include guest services, student ministries, children’s ministry, and worship and media. She also leads the church’s “off the mountain” community efforts and…

1-28-15 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Safety Strategies: The vast frontier — and associated risks

In a smaller, more technological world, we can’t afford to underestimate proactive, collaborative safety and risk management strategies. The Ebola crisis has all of us thinking differently, for the time being. Unfortunately, our sensitizing is hard to sustain with so much information hitting our radar screens.…

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