Need camera equipment? 4 reasons why renting might make more sense than buying

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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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The Israel experience: SAFER than you might think

A church leader taking members to Israel (or on any mission trip) will, appropriately, prioritize safety. To this end, there are some common misconceptions regarding travel to Israel. And no one knows these better than Denise Bossert, Public Relations Director, Midwest Region, for Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT). Bossert’s first trip to Israel came in […]

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Bill Hybels: 5 essential skills EVERY leader must develop

  “Leadership matters. Whether you lead a top-100 global business or a start-up with three employees; a multi-campus church or a tiny congregation that is the only beacon of light in its community; a team of creatives or a team of accountants; a project, a process, or the team of people you call family — […]

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How to use leadership restlessness

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Leadership restlessness is something most leaders feel — usually more often than not. It’s the nagging question that keeps you thinking … what’s next? In the case of the church, this question can be corporate, meaning you’re thinking what’s next? for the entire congregation. This question can also be personal, meaning what’s next? for me individually.

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Best Christian Workplaces Institute announces 2016 honorees

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128 faith-based organizations and churches across the United States and around the globe have been named 2016 Certified Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI). The honor offers convincing, continued evidence that a healthy, flourishing workplace culture makes for effective organizations.

“Certified” status represents the top 51 percent of 252 organizations whose employees completed the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

The anonymous, online, 58-question survey provides an objective, quantifiable measure of workplace culture based on eight essential factors of health: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy and healthy communication.

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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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10 reasons why every leader needs a coach

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I hear it all the time. However, my follow-up questions are always the same: When will it slow down long enough? and What will it cost you if you don’t have a coach? The bottom line is this: I just believe every leader needs a coach! And there are 10 reasons behind this belief.

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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.

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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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