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‘Fishers of the deep’

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“We fish deep,” says Pastor Rickie Rush, who believes the 70-foot long

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The 90/10 solution

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I always smile when I hear someone that claims

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Falling prey to bad leaders?

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There is a romance of leadership. Most studies in leadership focus on the top roles. Many leader-centric approaches assume followers are mere recipients of leader-driven change.

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Prevent fraud by looking in all the right places

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In a Peanuts episode, Charlie Brown feverishly searches for a quarter he has dropped in the dark. Standing under a porch light, Lucy offers some sage advice; “Why don’t you look over here where there is more light?” This cartoon, dredged up from childhood memory, brings to my mind the approach many churches take in fraud prevention. Despite evidence to the contrary, they continue to look for fraud weaknesses in the wrong places, or at least in using the wrong methods. They do this by often utilizing methods that are the most expensive while at the same time being the least effective, the most notable example of this is over-reliance on the external audit.

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Changing our church name

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Richland Bible Church is located in the small West Michigan

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Church Executive, September 2011, Volume 10, Issue 9

This issue includes an interview with DeForest B. Soaries Jr., Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset, NJ. Also featured is an article about drama and churches, as well as, an article on how churches worship.

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Using technology to enhance, not replace, the church experience

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Tulsa church develops its own app for communication with members — and offers it without charge to other churches.

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Remain efficient across multiple locations

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Church For All Nations is multisite and interstate in using technology to serve its members.

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Take a few simple steps to improve your church’s security

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Church pastors want their congregation members to come to their church and have that sense of peace, to be able to pray to the Lord without distraction, and to be able to escape the world that seems so overwhelming at times. It’s therefore ironic when the same pastors state they do not believe in implementing security into their churches because they want the church to remain open and inviting. The reason it is ironic is because the very definition of security is to be “free from fear and anxiety” and isn’t that the environment pastors want in their churches? The misconception is that security is all about guns, guards, cameras and metal detectors, but that really isn’t what security is all about. In fact a properly designed security program is like an iceberg, people should only see about 10 percent of what you really have in place; the other 90 percent is in place in case it is needed.

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