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Truth-tellers

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Do you always get honesty from you staff? You would like to think that you do, but how do you really know? If a problem arises and you ask two different people how it happened and you get different answers, someone’s not being a truth-teller

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The importance of hanging out

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The Great Commission requires that we enter

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Three minutes of stewardship

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A little bit of intentionality goes a long way.

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Church Executive, June 2011, Volume 10, Issue 6

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The June issue features an interview with Senior Pastor Leo Bigger, ICF-Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. Also included is a feature about protecting against sexual misconduct. This issue also highlights church mergers and provides a special section on sports ministries.

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Christ’s Church of the Valley weds Parkway Christian

In the West Valley of Phoenix, Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria resides on a 100-acre campus, and was founded 28 years ago by 63-year-old senior pastor Don Wilson.

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Central Christian’s four campuses

Our Mesa campus moved to its current 33-acre site in October 1986. We have three major buildings and five portable buildings totaling 144,000 square feet. The last permanent building was opened in 1996. We currently see about 3,500 people each weekend on our Mesa campus. Mesa is growing 3 to 5 percent rate per year […]

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When trust is broken the costs are devastating

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As the spiritual advisor of a church, pastors are the ones most often turned to when a congregation member is in need of spiritual guidance and counseling. While this type of service is part of the job, it also is very important that certain guidelines and boundaries are established and maintained. Sadly, 20 percent of GuideOne’s sexual misconduct claims involve adult claimants, with the overwhelming majority of these incidents taking place in the counseling setting.

For example, a male associate pastor undertook counseling of a female 21-year-old church member. “Counseling” took place away from the church premises at various locations, such as a park, a restaurant and other places. One evening they met for counseling at a restaurant. They both ended up drinking and went from the restaurant to a hotel where sexual activity took place. As the spiritual advisor of a church, pastors are the ones most often turned to when a congregation member is in need of spiritual guidance and counseling. While this type of service is part of the job, it also is very important that certain guidelines and boundaries are established and maintained. Sadly, 20 percent of GuideOne’s sexual misconduct claims involve adult claimants, with the overwhelming majority of these incidents taking place in the counseling setting.

For example, a male associate pastor undertook counseling of a female 21-year-old church member. “Counseling” took place away from the church premises at various locations, such as a park, a restaurant and other places. One evening they met for counseling at a restaurant. They both ended up drinking and went from the restaurant to a hotel where sexual activity took place. As the spiritual advisor of a church, pastors are the ones most often turned to when a congregation member is in need of spiritual guidance and counseling. While this type of service is part of the job, it also is very important that certain guidelines and boundaries are established and maintained. Sadly, 20 percent of GuideOne’s sexual misconduct claims involve adult claimants, with the overwhelming majority of these incidents taking place in the counseling setting. For example, a male associate pastor undertook counseling of a female 21-year-old church member. “Counseling” took place away from the church premises at various locations, such as a park, a restaurant and other places. One evening they met for counseling at a restaurant. They both ended up drinking and went from the restaurant to a hotel where sexual activity took place.

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Let’s play ball: The intersection of sports and ministry

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In 2008, the leaders of Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, TX, realized they had unintentionally left out an incredibly important component from their ministry — sports. A church that once had boasted a very active sports ministry for children, youth and adults now had very little to offer. As the leaders had aged and stopped participating in sports, programs related to sports began to disappear as well. So they decided to do something about it. An architect was hired and plans were made to build a complex that people from every age and stage of life could use. The result was the SportCenter — a 20-acre complex.

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How technology helps foster community

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When four-year-old The Community Fellowship Church in Collinsville, VA, began looking to implement a church management system for its growing congregation

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