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Disaster recovery & communications

Practical expert advice for a scary subject When using the term “disaster,” what types of events or circumstances are we referring to? Hillary Keller Bowling: The most common disasters are weather-related events such as hurricanes, flooding, tornados and wildfires. Other disasters are arson, accidental fire, active-shooters, and even cybersecurity events.  Matthew McMaster: Every part of […]

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Caring Well AND Prevention

Sexual abuse: training ministry staff to care well AND prevent At the beginning of each new year, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions: evaluating our past year or present circumstances and resolving to improve on a particular matter (i.e., more time with the kids, less coffee, more exercise). For the Southern Baptist Convention, the […]

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Pillar College Names New Chief Operating Officer

Wharton Grad & Church Leader to Enhance Institution’s Trajectory for Growth Newark, N.J.— July 1, 2019— Pillar College is proud to announce that Rupert A. Hayles, Jr. has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Pillar College. A high-level corporate leader with insight, knowledge and strategic vision, Hayles is an expert in strategic management, […]

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The key to security: communication

Regular communication, accessibility and speed are at the heart of improved security. By Debi Davis When it comes to crisis situations, the state of events can change with every passing instant. If people can’t keep up with this rapid change, it can lead to disaster. A perfect example of this is the Battle of New […]

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What you should know about church insurance

  For many people, churches are much more than just buildings. They are sacred spaces that carry great meaning to all who gather there for prayer, community, connection and spirituality. It is for these reasons that churches must take steps to provide safe spaces for occupants and mitigate risk on their properties. Purchasing insurance is […]

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Free supplies for churches?

How churches are stretching their budgets through gifts-in-kind organizations By Gary C. Smith It’s a given that with budgets tighter than ever, churches need to be creative in doing more with less. Yet many dismiss one very real resource because they’re convinced there must be a catch. But it’s not too good to be true. That resource […]

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Vacation Bible School and Summer Camp Preparedness

Tips to Prevent Potential Injuries, Accidents and Losses By Guy Russ It happens every year, just before summer camp or vacation Bible school. Some kids develop a case of the “what ifs.” What if there are spiders? What if I get poison ivy? What if it rains every day? Experienced camp directors and conference center […]

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Sanctuaries under Siege: Fear among US Worshippers Centered on Armed Intruders

Church Mutual survey shows attendees’ greatest fear is now armed intruders in their places of worship In places of worship — the hallowed spaces that offer refuge and sanctuary — more than 1 in 10 Americans (12 percent) say they do not feel safe. Their top concern: 45 percent said they feared armed intruders. These […]

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Giving reports to the pastor: 8 reasons why the pastor should know what people tithe

This article is an excerpt from “CHURCH BUSINESS: Making the Business of the Church Easier, Simpler, and Much Less Painful.” By Nathan Freeland Should the pastor know what people tithe? I used to think he shouldn’t. But then I learned about Dan. Knowing the truth about Dan changed my mind. Dan had been a leader […]

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Leadership development options for busy church leaders

Which skills are most in-demand today — and how can you make this training work for you?   Among busy pastors, which areas of leadership and management training have seen the most demand in the past few years — and why? Gene C. Fant: First, we’ve seen increased interest in leadership in a digital media […]

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