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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Make time for pastoral counseling

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While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to be least prepared. By carefully choosing staff to help with the daily administration of the congregation, the pastor might have more time to exercise his ministerial duties, such as pastoral counseling.

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4 steps to creating a safe ministry

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It’s no secret the world we live in today is much different than it was just a few years ago. In today’s society, it has become clear that churches are no longer the safe haven they once were thought to be. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of church violence or allegations of abuse on the nightly news. Unfortunately, churches have become more vulnerable to these types of incidents that threaten the strength and reputation of the organization. To help protect your religious organization from these threats, the leaders of your church are encouraged to set aside time each year to ensure the safety and security of the facility. During this time, it’s important to analyze, review and modify current church policies and procedures to ensure adequate plans are in place to help prevent potential risks.

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Examining organizational structure — including (and especially) church members’ rights

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There are more than 400,000 churches in the United States, each with its own governance structure and decision-making model. With so many different models and terminology used to describe church governance structures — elders, deacons, trustees, directors, pastor and apostle — it can be quite confusing to determine what’s the best and most biblically-sound corporate structure for your own church.

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The Social Security outlook: what you and your family need to know

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For 80 years, Social Security has been a key part of how Americans ensure their financial security after they retire. As dependable as it has been, Social Security has gone through major changes over the years — and 2016 will be no exception.

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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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