BLOGS Archives - Church Executive


Attitude, attitude, attitude ….

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By Tim Spivey The most overlooked and underrated trait of people who serve in healthy, growing churches is a positive attitude. This isn’t to be mistaken for blindness to obstacles or a “yes man/woman” posture. I’m talking about one’s primary attitude, and whether it is oriented toward self/others and criticism/encouragement. What weather do they produce […]

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4 agenda items church staff meetings should cover every week

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By Sam S. Rainer III I’m weird. I like meetings. They are an opportunity to interact with people. Being an extrovert, I enjoy the collaboration of teamwork. Not all meetings are created equal. Church staff meetings can wander into theological briars and get stuck. Discussions about facility requests can circle on a roundabout like Clark […]

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Should churches receive FEMA funds?

Examining the changing landscape of church-state separation in the wake of two record-breaking hurricanes    Church Executive’s outline of the Supreme Court decision in the Trinity Lutheran Church v Pauley case this past June noted that the Court’s holding would likely be very important in making it clear, ultimately, that government assistance programs can’t unfairly discriminate […]

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Does your technology actually help you minister better?

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On the Monday Morning Church podcast, I speak to executive pastors and church administrators about the monumental changes in technology over the last 15 years. It is amazing to hear how churches are using tools that few could have dreamed of earlier. Technology has allowed churches to scale their impact like never before. But the […]

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The 5 phases of the faith-based supporter lifecycle

By Joe Garecht  Most faith-based organizations rely on supporters to fund their work. Many organizations of faith don’t think of their supporters as “donors,” though; churches and dioceses think about “members,” while religious schools think about “students,” “families” and “alumni.”  Other faith-based organizations talk about “donors,” but wonder about how to solicit donations while still honoring their higher calling. […]

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Church prevails in a critical church-state separation case — now what?

  The case Church Executive has been tracking at the Supreme Court for more than a year, Trinity Lutheran Church v Pauley, was finally decided on Monday, June 26, 2017 — the last day of the Court’s Term. The decision is a very important one for churches. Long story short (indeed a long story, given […]

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Aplos Software merges with Portalbuzz

Aplos Software, a web-based nonprofit software company, announced on June 26, 2017, that it has merged with Portalbuzz, a member management software company. The merged company, which will operate under the Aplos name, will focus on the development of a unified software platform that meets the front- and back-office needs of nonprofit organizations. Aplos was […]

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Generis and RSI Solutions unite under the name and leadership of Generis

Together Generis and RSI Solutions Bring More Resources and More Experience to Help Churches Accelerate Generosity and Fund Kingdom Visions Two major names in church stewardship and generosity, Generis and RSI Church Solutions, united under the name and leadership of Generis on June 1, 2017. Together, Generis and RSI have helped more than 13,000 churches […]

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How bad church leaders improve to become good church leaders

By Sam S. Rainer III Leadership literature is chock-full of ways in which an average leader can become great. We all believe we’re good. Greatness is just a book, a conference, or a degree away. Indeed, I believe run-of-the-mill leaders can become better with training. A desire to learn, self-awareness, and a solid work ethic […]

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Preparing for picnic season: following food safety guidelines

  In November 2016, three people reportedly died from food-poisoning, and an additional 22 got sick after eating a free, annual Thanksgiving feast, which was served by a church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Did you know that more than 48 million people get sick and nearly 3,000 people die from foodborne illnesses in the […]

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