Use the power of the Web to keep members (and the church) more connected

Updating is immediate. So, the moment you update a family’s information and save it, members will see the new, updated information within the app.

Let’s face it: most printed directories are out of date by the time congregations receives them. And really, with newer generations moving into a more technological world, churches need viable, simple ways to do the same. Enter: an online church directory.

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New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Townsend to launch the Townsend Institute at Concordia University Irvine

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Partnership makes Concordia the only university in the nation to offer the Townsend Institute for Leadership & Counseling

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7 key questions when evaluating a church software solution

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One of the challenges I have run into when selecting a software provider is the distraction of the new and shiny features, keeping me from selecting a solution that is the best fit for the organization. I have learned from my mistakes over the years, and I now have 7 questions I always ask when evaluating any software provider in order to select the best solution possible.

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Don’t risk A LOT for a little! Focus on: risk retention

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Together in our journey to move “beyond insurance,” we have thus far examined the first two steps in that process: risk identification, analysis and evaluation, as well as risk avoidance. Now, we undertake the next step in our journey: risk retention.

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Protecting your church’s right to religious expression

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Since the beginning of the United States, marriage has always been subject to detailed rules.

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LISTEN UP! The pastor’s mic is a make-or-break audio element

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When it comes to budget concerns, the pastor’s mic shouldn’t be up for discussion. Providing a premium spoken word experience comes with a price tag. When capturing speech, a great microphone will sound as if there is no microphone at all — only a transparent, accurate reproduction of the speaker.

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What’s behind the curtain?

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At New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA, visual impact is standard — and transparent.

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How a non-traditional building approach can avoid traditional construction challenges

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Most church leaders will tell you that making a decision to build a new facility — or to expand their current campus — is among the most difficult challenges they face. Concerns about managing the process, stewardship of funding, and keeping church members happy with the results all contribute to the worry.

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The stewardship of savings

For a faith-based organization, a procurement services company provides a system for buying products and services that will reduce costs. Through their association with large, multi-facility clients — as well as with hundreds of manufacturer and distribution partners — these companies can provide value to smaller clients by sharing the discounts brought by the volume.

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ChMS: Dos and don’ts for engaging church volunteers

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DON’T waste anyone’s time. Volunteering often takes away from other responsibilities, so use volunteers’ time wisely. With everyone’s packed schedules, a donation of time is just as valuable (if not more) than a donation of money. So, communicate clearly when and where volunteers need to be and exactly what they will be doing. Texting is a great tool for communicating last-minute updates, weather cancellations, and reminders.

DO use your ChMS to get organized. Create categories and groups so your volunteers are in organized lists. Then, when you need help, you know exactly who to ask.

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