7 strategies for dealing with sex offenders at your church

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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.


Meet Dr. Mark Harden, new president of Ashland Theological Seminary


In 1985, Dr. Mark Harden was beginning a career in law enforcement, serving the Detroit metro area. Uniquely, he brought a commitment to ministry to this public servant role, as well. The two callings unquestionably strengthened the outreach and community service offerings Dr. Harden was able to create and offer in his law enforcement role. They also helped to lay the foundation for his informed, diverse and proven approach to seminary leadership.


Finances & college planning

Education dollar

The thought of preparing for your child’s college education can be daunting. There are so many questions: How much do I need to save? When do I need to start? What are my options? Here, we tackle four common questions about college planning.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


Protecting your church’s right to religious expression

Love is patient

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


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.


Examining church bylaws

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The purpose of bylaws is to reflect how your church operates, as well as to provide protection and structure. The bylaws contain a detailed framework of operations, and what seems important to the church in this season might not be in the next. So, you need to have a framework that can change.