Risk control: a key element for successful ministry

Risk management and control

Most recently in our series on moving “beyond insurance,” we examined Risk Retention. Now, we undertake the next step in our journey: Risk Control.


5 ways to engage church visitors using church management software

Congregation greeting each other in church

By Bill Gifford #1: Make a good first impression Oft, guests visit your website before even stepping foot in your church. Create a “New here?” tab that lists specifics: what to expect, where to park, worship times, and so on. Have an event calendar  clearly visible on your church website. Keep the calendar up to date […]


7 strategies for dealing with sex offenders at your church

Close-up of woman looking out of the corner of her eye.

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.


How do I find the right coach?

Working together on a project in the office

Hiring a coach is a lot like making any other hire … but, it might be your most important hire. You must be wise with this hire! If you get it right, it won’t be an ‘expense’ — it will be an investment in your own growth and the growth of our organization.


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.


Preventing cyberattacks


How much do you know about cybersecurity and cyberliability? Is it enough to keep your church safe from massive data or financial loss?


Glenn Wood: Finding the financial “fuel” Seacoast needs to grow

Glenn Wood / Church Administrator / Seacoast Church / Mt. Pleasant, SC

With 13 locations (and growing!), Seacoast Church’s vision proved to be beyond its previous financial partner’s comfort level.

The challenge: find one that understands who the church is, what it wants to do, why… and how to make it happen.


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


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

Two Businessmen Sit Face-To-Face in Serious Discussion

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.