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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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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3 ways outreach projects can impact generosity at your church

Outreach campaigns must play a central role in EVERY church’s stewardship ministry. (Even the ones struggling to make ends meet each month.) Here’s why — and how.

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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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A Supreme Court case to watch: Trinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley, a 2013 lawsuit filed by the church after the state of Missouri rejected its application for a grant to replace its preschool’s playground pebbles with repurposed rubber from old tires.

The State’s grounds for denial? The preschool was ineligible because it was run by a church, citing an 1875 Missouri constitutional amendment — known as the Blaine Amendment — prohibiting public funds from being used “in aid of any church.”

Here, David O. Middlebrook — a founding shareholder of Anthony & Middlebrook and the Church Law Group in Grapevine, TX, and Church Executive “Legal Realities” Series author — offers his take on this potentially pivotal case for churches.

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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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Is your church following the “3 ‘S’s” of online giving?

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Is your church following the three “S”s of online giving?

More and more churches are realizing that online giving is more than a passing fancy. Even so, there’s a big difference between throwing a PayPal button onto a forgotten corner of your website and providing a functional, user-friendly giving experience — one that actually makes it easier to give.

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