Get real-world, in-person church management training June 20-30 in Nashville!

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Church executives of all types know that the church is, in some ways, a business. Whether you’re a lead pastor, executive pastor, business administrator or denominational official, you attend to congregational business of facilities, finances, human resources, information technology, and a host of other issues on a daily basis. For example, take a quick test […]

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Capacity, character and competence

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While many argue that leadership is not about traits, most will acknowledge that there are certain qualities that are common among great leaders: capacity, character and competence.

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The difference between curious leaders and caring leaders

Leaders in churches with more than a few hundred people can’t possibly care for each individual. The issue isn’t whether a leader personally invests in each person, but his / her default posture and tone.

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Pastor Coaching 101: What it is — and what it looks in practice

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By Shawn Lovejoy Seminary didn’t prepare us for this. Personnel issues. Hiring. Alignment. Firing. Culture. Vision. Systems. Multiple staff. Multiple campuses. Leadership development. Dealing with growth. Spurring new growth. Financial management. And that doesn’t even cover it all! The ministry world today is so complex. Good news! There are more resources available to us than […]

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Succession planning: how to prepare the church for a new pastor

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The pastoral search is not an easy process. Often, church leaders are inadequately prepared to handle pastoral transition. Nevertheless, change is inevitable.

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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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Villanova to train 20 priests, seminarians on business & management topics

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All 20 priests, seminarians to be hosted in New York later this month

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6 ways pastors can find work balance

Pastors are a notorious bunch when it comes to work. Here are 6 tips for helping these workaholics find a better work balance.

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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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