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Bullying the pastor can be a growth industry within churches, but even

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Getting to know the land they love

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The Israel Ministry of Tourism once again invites a group of megachurch pastors on an educational tour.

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Taking a look at ‘green’ construction

Discover the ideal balance of capital costs, sustainable design and delivery.

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Nice leaders threaten?

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The book of Lamentations deals with the apparent

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Youth share faith

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There is a lot about youth today that centers down on

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Energy savings are significant in providing funding for other ministry

More churches realize good financial and environmental returns through energy efficiency.

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‘Volunteer Vacations’ mix enjoyment with purpose

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Christian mission trip opportunities abound in areas that take into account unique skills and attributes.

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Adam and Eve — and dinosaurs

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One-of-a-kind museum offers groups a high-tech tour through biblical history.

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Choose the right place to put your church’s assets

Your church finds itself with some kind of windfall.

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A church’s culture is the atmosphere in which the church functions

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When it comes to a church, what is a church’s culture? Samuel R. Chand says “culture is the strongest force in any organization. The best way to understand culture is the statement: ‘This is how we do things here.’”

Consultant Sam Chand has written Cracking Your Church’s Culture: Seven Keys to Unleashing Vision & Inspiration (Jossey-Bass, 2010, a Leadership Network publication), and says, “It is the atmosphere in which the church functions. It is the prevalent attitude. It is the collage of spoken and unspoken messages.”

“The strongest force in an organization is not vision or strategy — it is the culture which holds all the other components,” says Chand. Every leader at some time or the other has asked the same question: “Why is it that we are not where I know we should be as a church?” Now, you know the answer — it’s your church’s culture.

He recently gave an interview to Church Executive:

Say I’m new to a church. Should I be able to pick up on its culture sitting in the pew? Absolutely! You can go to a new church and sniff culture! Have you ever been to a new place and said to yourself (or others!), “Something’s not right.” Without knowing what it is you just smelled culture. Think about the different cultures in different restaurants, schools, churches and even homes.

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