Risk control: a key element for successful ministry

Risk management and control

Most recently in our series on moving “beyond insurance,” we examined Risk Retention. Now, we undertake the next step in our journey: Risk Control.


7 strategies for dealing with sex offenders at your church

Close-up of woman looking out of the corner of her eye.

If a sex offender wants to attend your church — or is already worshipping with you — how would you respond? Roll out the welcome mat? Exclude them entirely? Try to find middle ground? These are questions church leaders regularly face.


Acoustics, A-frames & other audio challenges

Jeremy Rusnock Photography

Since 1968, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. — a suburb of Washington, D.C. — has faithfully served its community.

Until last year, its original sound system had been ‘serving’ just as long.


How notification tech enables better ministry — & management

With the help of notification technology, Faith Reformed Church was able to host the only Halloween event in their storm-ravaged
community, post Hurricane Sandy.

Instant Connections Faith Reformed Church (Midland Park, NJ) For Scott Nichols, pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Midland Park, NJ, notification technology — a tool that can mass-distribute voice calls, emails and text messages — can really be a godsend from week to week. As he explains, the church uses this technology to send prayer […]


Glenn Wood: Finding the financial “fuel” Seacoast needs to grow

Glenn Wood / Church Administrator / Seacoast Church / Mt. Pleasant, SC

With 13 locations (and growing!), Seacoast Church’s vision proved to be beyond its previous financial partner’s comfort level.

The challenge: find one that understands who the church is, what it wants to do, why… and how to make it happen.


Joel Sims: a son’s legacy — and a father’s foundation

Pastor Joel Sims and his wife, Peppi

At 33, Pastor Joel Sims of Word of Life Church in Flowood, MS, has already served in executive church leadership for more than a decade. He has also undertaken $29.4 million in construction projects — some completed, and some just beginning.

By anyone’s standards, Joel is a young pastor with a big, big job.


Need camera equipment? 4 reasons renting might make sense


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 […]


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

Photo courtesy of Compass Bible Church (Aliso Viejo, CA)

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.


ChMS: Dos and don’ts for engaging church volunteers


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.


CYBERSECURITY! How to identify your church’s biggest risks

Binary code and technology lights background

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.