Church Growth 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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When to choose a fund accounting solution

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Due to the nature of their work, churches are held to a high standard of accountability by internal and external stakeholders. Without a financial solution designed to comply with non-profit accounting standards, it can be challenging to demonstrate transparency and fiscal responsibility to constituents. While commercial accounting software can be configured to meet basic financial […]

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Why fundraising asks are essential to your organization of faith

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By Joe Garecht Many faith-based organizations worry about making fundraising asks. They think that because they have a religious mission, making direct asks of donors is somehow unethical or will damage their reputation. Other faith-based non-profits focus solely on making group asks from the pulpit, or through mass-communication mediums like direct mail or e-mail. These organizations avoid […]

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5 leadership essentials for every leader

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By Carey Nieuwhof So you want to lead better. The question, always, is how. There are thousands of small tips and strategies that make us better as leaders, but some insights become the Archimedes Lever of leadership. For me personally, these principles are in that category. If I keep these 5 insights close, I always […]

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GARY HAMRICK & CORNERSTONE CHAPEL: make yourself at home

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Editor in Chief By 1996, Cornerstone Chapel had met in a Leesburg, Va., school for several years. Growth necessitated that Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick and his team look for a permanent church home — either land on which to build on or an existing facility to renovate and call their own. […]

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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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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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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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Estate planning: getting affairs in order isn’t just for seniors

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By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® When we think about estate planning, drafting a will, and getting your financial affairs in order, millennials aren’t the first demographic group that come to mind. Most people don’t start to think about this topic until they’re a little older and more established; they usually have achieved milestones such […]

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