The Church Executive “Leadership Library” — 9 GREAT Books for Pastors

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A curated collection of great books for pastors   Reaching Millennials By David Stark In Reaching Millennials, successful church consultant David Stark shares proven, practical methods for churches to attract and engage young people. Based on principles that built the early church, Stark’s strategies help leaders utilize their church’s strengths and show how churches can […]

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From John Maxwell: How character breeds perspective

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By John Maxwell Joseph puts his entire life in perspective in the final chapter of Genesis. During the height of a terrible famine, his brothers humbly come before him and bow down, just he had predicted decades earlier. When Joseph’s brothers realized that the one that they had betrayed could now do with them what […]

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What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes

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Transparency is a healthy leadership characteristic. But why? In the context of a local church, what does a transparent pastor encourage, as opposed to one who is not?

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3 myths of the 501(c)(3): When misunderstandings lead to misguidance

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At our Ultimate Church Structure Conferences, I speak with many pastors who, unfortunately, have been misinformed about what 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status truly means and the impact it will have on their churches. Pastors often attend our conference in the hopes of clearing up doubts and questions that they’ve been riddled with regarding tax law and church compliance. For that very reason, I have listed below three of the most common misconceptions that I hear from pastors across the country regarding churches and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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3 things “churches in the shadows” can learn from megachurches

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Not every small church in the country is destined to become a megachurch, nor should it be. Nearly 90% of all churchgoers attend much smaller churches and obviously enjoy the size, fellowship and ministry they find there. Even so, here are some things we can learn from the megachurches, and which are likely to contribute to continued health and vitality, if not attendance growth.

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Creating generosity: Technology doesn’t have to be SCARY

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ExperienceChurch.tv® in Puyallup, WA, isn’t afraid of technology. Early adopters of live streaming (hence, the .tv), digital child check-in and more, Senior Pastor Dennis Cummins and his team embrace tools and technologies that simplify processes and free up resources for ministry. Mobile giving, then, was a natural fit.

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Why your report writer is no longer good enough

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Report-writing tools were supposed to help solve these challenges, but it’s evident that those are limited in their application. As a result, church leaders feel like they’re swimming in a sea of information, but still thirsty for insight. Where do these new report-writing tools fall short? More importantly, is there a better way to analyze the information you have to finally start gaining traction towards your ultimate vision? Those are the two questions we’re working together to help church leaders answer.

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Lawrence Fudge: helping Hollywood feel like home at MOSAIC

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Ask most people, and they’ll say the appeal of MOSAIC — a world-regarded Millennial-revered church in the heart of Hollywood — is, in some ways, intangible. Executive Pastor Lawrence Fudge would agree … to a point.

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Familiarity breeds awesome: a leadership lesson from the USAF Thunderbirds

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There’s an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” I don’t know who coined the phrase or what the circumstances were, but they were wrong for the most part — at least with regards to leadership.

From nearly entry vantage point of church leadership, I’ve found familiarity to be an asset.

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Why local influence is more essential than a national platform

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Pastor A has a top-ranked podcast, a book deal from a well-known publisher, and 150,000 Twitter followers.

Pastor B is the secretary at the local Rotary Club, is the assistant football coach at the middle school, and recently joined a bowling league.

Both pastors have influence. Both are doing God’s will. Both enjoy their callings.

I will make a bold statement: Pastor B’s local influence is ultimately more vital to church health than Pastor A’s national platform.

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