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The potluck supper gives way to sophisticated food service ministries

The church potluck supper, still a staple in most congregations, is cooking up something bigger in larger churches today. Food service is becoming a department in its own right in not only bringing people together in fellowship, but as a support ministry and outreach tool with other ministries of the congregation.

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Jon Weece, Senior Pastor, Southland Christian Church, Lexington, KY

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Tall and lean, with a sheepish grin, Jon Weece looks more like a carefree college kid — and others may even say he sometimes acts like one — than the serious leader that he truly is. But the 34-year-old senior pastor at one of Kentucky’s largest churches doesn’t mind the comparison.

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Avoid pitfalls and encourage congregants to give online

Churches are more saturated than ever with options available to execute online giving. It’s almost as if you have to learn a second language just to make sense of it all.

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Reduce planning fatigue with a short-term time frame

There are few books available for the church administrator’s craft and so Church Administration: Programs, Process, Purpose (Fortress Press, 2007) by Robert N. Bacher and Michael L. Cooper-White is a welcome and needed resource.

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Seven key steps to help outfit your church choir

Is it time for new choir robes? Robes can represent a large investment, and you want to make the most of it.

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‘ELMER GANTRY’: Why can’t the church put its house in order?

It was Wednesday evening New Community at Willow Creek Community Church and Bill Hybels had some “family” business to share with the congregation.

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Safeguard employment practices in order to protect your church

Would your church’s insurance policy provide coverage if the church, the pastor, the board of directors, or the business manager was sued by an employee or former employee who claimed he or she was sexually harassed, wrongfully terminated or subjected to racial or sexual discrimination? Probably not, unless you have employment practices liability insurance (EPLI).

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Mission possible: Motivational factors for charitable contributions

The number of charitable organizations in North America has been growing prolifically for more than a decade. As a result, people now have more options when considering their charitable contributions.

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Lift up your church with an innovative construction technique

When Blackshear Place Baptist Church in Flowery Branch, GA, opened its doors in 1955, the founding fathers could not have foreseen the growth that would take place during the next 53 years. Since its inception, the congregation has grown to more than 5,500 individuals, with a majority of that growth spurt occurring since 2003 when membership was about 3,000.

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How PCI compliance will protect your congregants

More churches and nonprofits are looking to their Web sites to raise funds and collect donations as well as do the work of processing registrations and payments for events, classes, Bible studies, VBS — you name it — all online.

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