Communication Archives - Church Executive


5 scenarios where it’s hard to set boundaries — but necessary

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders Working at a church naturally lends itself to murky boundaries. By design, there’s weekend work as well as certain activities that happen in the evenings. Due to the nature of this work, your likelihood of working — or feeling like you’re working—during every waking hour increases. But it doesn’t need to […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — by design

An exclusive roundtable produced in conjunction with the National Association of Church Design Builders. Roundtable participants are members of this non-profit organization that serves as a resource for the planning, design and construction of churches and church-related facilities. The goal of NACDB is to educate local churches on how to go about designing, building or […]

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“That’s just the way it is.” But does it have to be?

Examining the current state of technology in the church — and challenging lack of innovation, fear of change By Joel Guthrie As consumers, we’ve grown accustomed to a certain level of quality and rate of innovation when it comes to technology. Amazon has made our lives incredibly convenient with same-day delivery, easy returns, and the […]

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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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4 essentials to nurture your donors

Donor engagement essentials to create thriving communities By Troy Pollock Every season has its rhythms, and the year-end holidays are no different. As we embark on a season filled with family, traditions, vacations and generosity, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our to-do list. We have sermons to prep, parties to attend, school outings, […]

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Aging in place and the rising need for inclusive community programs

By Kathryn McCormack Let’s talk numbers. Between 2006 and 2030, the number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to nearly double, from 37 million to 71.5 million. By 2050, 20% of the population will be 65+, for a total of 88.5 million seniors. This growth is largely due to the […]

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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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Maximizing year-end giving

Strategies for using technology to encourage giving all year round Define ‘year-end giving.’ What months of the year are we referring to? B. Louie Cordovado: Year-end giving refers to giving during the last two to three months of a church’s fiscal year — usually October to December. Kacie Frazier: Year-end giving is the most charitable […]

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A better way to reach out — fast

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Prior to enlisting One Call Now notification technology (text-messaging en masse) at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Adairsville, Georgia, email was the main channel for keeping members up-to-date on church happenings. As Elder Woody Davis explains, this approach presented a handful of challenges and limitations. “People just didn’t get the information quickly,” he […]

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