LEADERSHIP Archives - Church Executive


A critical church-state separation case in the making

Trinity Lutheran

  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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Make time for pastoral counseling

One of the most limited resources in a church is a pastor’s time. Yet, because of a variety of trends outside of the pastor’s control, pastoring a congregation has arguably never been more complicated. While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to […]

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How to mobilize ChMS data for multisite expansion

  Q: Generally speaking, do you feel most church leaders use their ChMS to its maximum advantage when trying to determine where they should open a new multisite campus, or campuses? Goetz: For the most part, I don’t believe they do — at least, not to their maximum advantage. Q: What do you think is […]

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Flipping the script on seminary study

In a world full of online options, the LIFE 631 program offers a uniquely residential — and communal — experience. At 25, Lindsey Rowland’s ministry background is already vast and widespread. As an undergrad at Otterbein University, she worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. She has also worked overseas, studying a foreign language and “learning […]

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Leadership that goes the distance

10 ‘R’s that will help you be a better steward of the leadership opportunity God has (temporarily) provided By Monty Kelso Leadership is temporary stewardship. Leadership is temporary, because no matter how much we try to preserve our position, role or authority, there will come a day when we’re no longer the first or best […]

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4 behaviors of second chair church leaders who think — and act — strategically

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By Mike Bonem If you ask a second chair leader what he or she “does,” you might hear a long list of tasks. These include managing and developing staff, creating systems for more effective ministry, and working with leadership teams, along with a variety of special projects. But if you ask about their greatest contribution […]

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Removing the roadblocks to digital signage

digital signage

The top 6 challenges solved by using cloud-based digital signage By Kelly Harman Digital signage can add impact to your message — and ensure that your audience remembers it . From welcoming new visitors to your church, to requests for volunteers, to thanking donors and acknowledging esteemed guests, digital signage is the most effective way to have […]

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Management skills for more effective ministry

How the Villanova University Master of Science in Church Management Degree is building capacity for leadership The popular myth says that leaders are born, not made. Not so, according to the Very Reverend John P. Bambrick, V.F., pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Jackson, NJ, and a graduate of Villanova School of Business’ Master of […]

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3 simple ways to increase your church’s giving

Statistics show that giving online is increasing year over year. Other methods for giving are also gaining momentum — via text message and mobile phone.

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6 ways you can address mental illness in your church

church mental health

By Sam S. Rainer III The church does not speak enough about mental illness. It’s a significant issue that remains largely silent in most churches. The church can do more. The church should do more. In fact, research reveals that 65% of family members in a household of someone with acute mental illness believe the […]

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