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Clarifying your role in the second chair

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By Mike Bonem “And all other duties as may be assigned.” This is commonly the last line in a job description. But, the practical reality for many second chair leaders is that this is their first responsibility. This simple truth can be frustrating and confusing.  It’s confusing when you’re not sure what your priorities should […]

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How to renovate (without the regrets)

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By Rodney James Remodeling church facilities can be a painful process — but it doesn’t have to be that way. If the church takes the right steps (in the right order, with the right partner), a renovation project can flow smoothly, stay on budget, and have a positive effect on the ministries of the church […]

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The 4 pillars to good facility stewardship

By Donovan Loomis Between Sunday worship, youth activities, and all the groups that meet throughout the week, your church is a hub of activity. Your congregation relies on the facilities to not only be a place of worship, but also a launching pad for ministry. Church leaders are expected to be intentional in how they […]

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Is your church ready to add a café?

By Mike Bacile The most frequent question I get from churches is, “How do we know if our church should build a café / coffee bar?” A café has so many positive possibilities to offer a church community. However, it should meet three important criteria in order to really produce the fellowship and revenue most […]

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Saved by the Sensor!

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5 technology experts explain (in plain English) how these small, easy-to-install innovations can save your church’s life — or, at the very least, its budget Recently, Church Mutual partnered with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a Munich RE company, to offer a state-of-the-art sensor technology program to houses of worship. It makes a lot of sense, […]

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3 key elements for an engaging lobby or welcome area

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By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA Getting people to engage in today’s fast-paced culture is challenging, with all the competition for attention we carry with us. Yet, at our core, we’re all social creatures seeking connection — real connection. As church leaders, we need to break down barriers and create authentic spaces that […]

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RISE FROM THE ASHES: How leaders at historic First Baptist Church Magee rebuilt — better than ever — after a $2-million fire

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By Joyce Guzowski For historic First Baptist Church Magee, of Magee, Miss. — founded nearly 120 years ago — the unthinkable happened on December 11, 2013. As a police officer was driving by in the early morning hours, he noticed a flicker of light behind a frosted window — in an area that should not […]

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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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A critical church-state separation case in the making

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  By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. As Middlebrook explained at the time, this case had the potential to be hugely important in defining what can […]

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Penny wise & power smart

How to be cost-conscious — & environmentally responsible — with your wireless audio equipment What are you spending on disposable batteries every year for wireless mics, lavaliers and in-ear monitors? Have you considered a rechargeable solution? The ability to purchase batteries (and charger) just once — and yet equip your church for years! — is not […]

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