LEADERSHIP Archives - Church Executive


Ensuring inclusivity is one of the hallmarks of your organization

  Making diversity and inclusion a priority As a church or faith-based organization, you want to create an environment in which all employees, members, customers and other stakeholders feel valued. When you become a champion for diversity and inclusion, you can progress a long way toward that goal. But sometimes, it can be difficult to […]

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Adapting church space during disruption

By Katie Albrecht A lot can be said about the year 2020, but universally, I don’t think any of us saw it coming. Just like any other time, though, life throws curveballs. This past year, it just so happened to be an enduring pandemic — but what happens when the next big “thing” occurs that […]

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Finding the silver lining: positive impacts of the global pandemic

By Molly Matthews The global pandemic has brought about immense change, and many have unfortunately felt negative effects. However, not everything that has come out of this is doom and gloom: some churches have seen positive impacts from pivoting their business strategies. Primarily, ministries were forced to turn to digital solutions to maintain connection with […]

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Bookkeeper saves church $8,000

By Amy Manderscheid  Before she started working for StartCHURCH, Angela worked in various accounting jobs. Now, she is one of our dedicated bookkeepers. One day, while reconciling accounts for one of the churches she works with, she noticed something off in the numbers. She quickly discovered the church was being charged $600 a month for […]

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Top-Down Vs. Bottom-Up: God’s Design for Leadership

The typical model most people envision when they think of leadership is what I call “convertible leadership,” or the top-down leadership model. The top-down leadership model focuses on the leader first, with the leader having power over others. In this model of leadership, the leader is viewed as having ascended to the top of the […]

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Missionary response to COVID drives collections

By Matthew F. Manion The impact of COVID-19 on parish collections this year could be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be. Churches still have time to pivot to a new model of being church before the economic impact is irreversible. But they need to act quickly. To assess the financial impact of COVID-19 on […]

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Blessed under trial

With preparation, persistence and wise collaboration, Bridgeway is saving $450,000+ in yearly interest — even amid a pandemic By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Heidi Coughran has spent most of her career in church operations. She says it’s “exactly my wheelhouse.” So, when the opportunity arose in 2015 to join the staff at her beloved home church — […]

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Selecting investments to achieve your goals

By James R. Cook, CFP®, RICP® Before you devise an investment strategy, define your goal. Are you saving for retirement, to purchase a home, to fund your child(ren)’s education or something else? In this article, we will focus on saving for retirement. Risk tolerance and risk capacity When investing for retirement, consider your risk tolerance […]

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Should your church accommodate known offenders?

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Our church just completed a Registered Sex Offender (RSO) Policy. Will you review it and tell us if it’s adequate? We frequently encounter this (seemingly simple) question in our law practice. In reality, the issue is multi-faceted and complex, and tends to kick off a broader discussion. In the […]

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Ask for permission, not forgiveness!

By Rodney C. James Picture a group of men and women at the ready. Hard hats, leather gloves, steel toe boots, hammers, nails, and all the tools needed to tear down, renovate or expand your church building. A beautiful scene, isn’t it? Not so fast. Let’s rewind the tape. Where are permissions needed from the […]

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