Need camera equipment? 4 reasons renting might make sense

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By Meg Tetrault Renting camera equipment doesn’t make sense for every church — it’s something we’ve learned as a national rental company that ships gear directly to customers. For other churches, however — whether they’re just starting out in media or already managing a large-scale A/V ministry team — it actually makes more sense to […]

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“Election Year Do’s and Don’ts for Churches” Join Church Executive and GuideOne Insurance for an informative and timely webinar at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday, 27 September. Our esteemed presenters — David Middlebrook, one of the country’s leading attorneys in religious nonprofit organization law; and Eric Spacek, JD, ARM, Director of Risk Management and Loss Control […]

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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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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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CYBERSECURITY! How to identify your church’s biggest risks

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Rarely does a day go by without a headline about data breaches. That’s nothing a church would need to worry about, right? I wish that were true.

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Catapulting past critical mass at Resurrection (Leawood, KS)

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Clifton Guy, Director of Information Technology at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS — the largest UMC in the nation — is a preacher’s kid. Two of his siblings are also pastors, as is his wife. “So, it’s kind of the ‘family business,’” he says. But, Clifton himself is a self-professed […]

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Israel: faith-based travel tips & recommended sites

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There’s a reason 2014 was the best year ever for North American travel to Israel: It isn’t a trip — it’s a spiritual experience. This surprising country promises a range of unique experiences which people of faith can only experience in Israel. And, thanks to several extremely traveler-friendly traits, it’s well within reach.

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How the hourly wage rules will affect churches

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All employers — even churches — must be aware that the Department of Labor (DOL) takes the default position that all employees are nonexempt. This means they are eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay unless the employer can demonstrate that an exemption outlined by the DOL and the Act applies.

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Beautiful sound, naturally

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The Grotto — a stunning outdoor sanctuary in Portland — is a truly challenging audio environment. First and foremost, church leaders needed awe-inspiring audio to match the sanctuary’s surroundings. But, the system also had to be flexible, reliable, durable … and discrete. Here’s how they got everything on their wish list. By Mike Lethby Known as […]

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Acts of violence: prevention and response

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By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM As church leaders, staff, volunteers or even members of the church, it is hard to imagine a religious facility being a prime target for criminals. Churches are seen as sacred and safe places; however, violent incidents of varying natures happen several times each year across the country. Because these places […]

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