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Getting the Most From Your ChMS

If you know how to maximize it, your system can fuel more effective outreach, streamline discipleship, inform expansion — and so much more. How can church management system (ChMS) data fuel better, more effective outreach efforts? Andy Jobst: Outreach is a vital initiative for the Church. Registered members of the congregation are the workers in […]

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Transitioning from one church leader to the next

There are so many churches in America that have a long, proud history. Some houses of worship have been attended by generations of the same family, as much a part of a community’s history as the ancestors of the people living in it. Like all members of a community, churches grow and evolve, with members […]

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Giving Made Easy

How to choose the right platforms for your unique church What common mistakes do you observe churches making as they introduce new giving options to their congregations? Are there resources or expertise you can offer to help them more effectively communicate the availability and use of these new giving options to church members?  Frazier: Often, […]

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Building a church directory team

By Donna Hammond So, you’ve been assigned the job of “directory administrator.” It can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. But, you don’t have to go it alone. To make this project fun and uniting — not isolating — organize a directory team. There are just a few […]

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Work hard and smart for your ministry

You were called to make disciples, not live in a constant state of exhaustion. Leading a church can be a difficult, but fulfilling calling — yet that doesn’t mean all the hard work always pays off the way you hoped. To get the best out of your ministries, new thinking is required for new challenges. […]

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Advancements in volunteer screening

Proven strategies to keep your people safe — from recognizing red flags to re-screening practices, cost considerations, and navigating potentially sensitive conversations Many churches fall victim to an “it-can’t-happen-here” mentality. In actuality, what makes churches especially prone to ill-intentioned volunteers? Norton: The nature and admirable traits of most clergy is one of compassion and trust. […]

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In the beginning…

 A 3-part series examining the relationship between the Church and technology By Joel Guthrie We’ve all heard that the church is “10 years behind” when it comes to technology — a little nervous to adopt industry best practices and unsure how that might align to stewardship and the vision of the Church. It’s totally fair: […]

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Efficiency en “Mass”

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh ADRIENNE WILLICH & ELIZABETH SHAUGHNEY: How the Archdiocese of Washington standardized reporting for 139 parishes, 63 schools & 4,500 staff In the end, the transition proved to be surprisingly seamless. For any church, having a complete, standardized reporting solution in place is crucial — often in the form of a church management […]

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Preparing your church for growth: 3 key strategies

By Kerry Jones  You spend hours working on sermons. You spend money, time and effort building outreach programs. You evaluate those programs and community involvement constantly in an effort to grow attendance at your church. But is your church facility prepared to handle that growth? If you’re not sure, here are 3 important keys that […]

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A Supreme Court case to watch

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue poses critical church-state separation issues By Kimberlee Norris, attorney at law  The Supreme Court will be deciding Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue this Term. The decision could be very important for Church Executive readers, particularly if it alters or clarifies the Court’s 2017 holding in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley. […]

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