June 2008 - Church Executive


A.R. Bernard, Senior Pastor, Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY

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“In Bell Case, Black New Yorkers See Nuances That Temper Rage,” said the April 27 headline in The New York Times, two days after the judge’s verdict that acquitted three detectives charged in the shooting of Sean Bell on Nov. 25, 2006.

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Space mission: Create more room with adaptable partitions

Because churches are often open to their communities, most usually have at least two large open rooms.

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WORDS OF GOD: Distribution, reading, understanding the Bible still key.

Happy Birthday, NIV. The New International Version of the Bible celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and the National Association of Evangelicals says it is by far the most preferred translation of the Scriptures.

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Dirty jobs: Professionals can help maintain church facilities

Anyone who maintains a church or Christian school knows that keeping buildings clean can involve a lot of dirty work.

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Play for keeps: Should your church build a sports facility?

Churches seeking to increase their Kingdom impact are in a fierce competition for people’s time and attention.

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Impact the quality of ministry with speakers in the sanctuary

With today’s technology there are many solutions for achieving balanced sound coverage in a large worship center. The old days of hanging speakers in one cluster from the center of the room are gone. Today there are many options to choose from.

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Get on the bus to help fulfill the ‘Great Commission’

Bus ministries are vital outreach extensions for today’s churches. These ministries provide a way for children and adults to attend Sunday school and services that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

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Five essentials to achieve excellent guest services

I enjoy going to Starbucks because I know I will be greeted by a barista who is going to make me coffee exactly the way I like it. I like to shop at Wal-Mart because I know I am going to be welcomed by a smiling face and made to feel like I made the right choice in shopping there.

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Comprehensive bank options for churches can pay dividends

Most churches piece their financial partner relationships together based on a chain of disconnected events or referrals. Interest rates decline and a decision is made to shop for a new mortgage lender.

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Combine the vision of Moses and the management savvy of Aaron

Gil Rendle and Susan Beaumont in When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Large Congregations (Alban Institute, 2007) have written about employment relationships, performance management, and supervisory relationships.

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