Human Resources Archives - Church Executive


Partnering with patient advocates can help church members in need

By Teri Dreher For many people, their church is like family. It’s a place they can turn to for help and support when they need it. But even the most benevolent church family might come up short when it comes to helping a member navigate today’s complicated healthcare system. That’s where a patient advocate can […]

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Advancements in MDiv & DMin Training

For busy full-time church leaders, an MDiv or DMin degree might seem out of reach. Here’s the reality. Have full-time church leaders shown increased interest in MDiv and DMin training in recent years? Reggie Ogea: We have seen an increased interest in training in a variety of areas. For the MDiv, a lot of larger […]

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4 tips for increased church childcare safety

Help protect your church’s youngest members by taking these steps By Elizabeth Norman Childcare centers and preschools at churches across the nation are experiencing rapid growth right now — in fact, many of them are at capacity and even require waiting lists. With this demand, it’s important to remember to revisit procedures to help keep […]

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Why standing meetings are beneficial for church staff

By Sam S. Rainer III You can sit during these meetings if you like; “standing meetings” are different than stand-up meetings. A standing meeting is one that repeats in a regular pattern and is an obligation for people to attend. I have a standing meeting every Monday at 4 p.m. with my worship pastor. We […]

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The struggle of church business

By Nathan Freeland I had a meeting with Pastor Sam. It didn’t go well. From that meeting, I learned a great deal about what pastors are required to know and do but were never taught. As a pastor, you may often wonder how you can make a greater impact for the Kingdom. I do as […]

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5 best practices for communicating inclement weather closings for faith-based communities

From hurricanes to blizzards and everything in between, inclement weather is a part of nature. So are the challenges of managing the logistical factors involved in protecting your members when harsh weather comes calling. While a well-organized plan can minimize confusion and maximize safety, failure to properly address severe weather conditions can threaten everything from […]

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Debt-free education is within reach

By Jenny Williams Educational debt is an issue for many students across the country, and seminary students are no exception. At Bethany, recipients of the Pillars and Pathways Residency Scholarship can complete their seminary education without incurring additional educational or consumer debt. “No student should be limited in following God’s call by financial debt incurred […]

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You can’t afford to lose your facility manager’s intellectual knowledge

By Donovan Loomis The value your facility manager holds for your church goes far beyond the work he or she does to keep the facilities running. In fact, when it comes to your church’s long-term financial sustainability, this individual might even have more valuable information in his or her head than anyone else.

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New pathways to enhance life & work

theological seminary study

“Bethany Theological Seminary has a history of adapting its program to meet the changing needs of the church and society. Now the Seminary finds itself in a rapidly changing religious landscape, involving congregational life, denominational institutions, religious affiliation, and spirituality in America.” From its beginnings in Chicago — when prison ministry and service to immigrants […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: “God is in all of it”

Chaplain (Major) Nathan Mclean speaks with a group of Soldiers in the field. (Official U.S. Army Photo) When Chaplain Steve Blackwell answered the call to Army Reserve chaplaincy, he was five times disqualified. Now, he’s a gold badge recruiter. What led you to chaplaincy service? Were you in full-time ministry before that? Chaplain Blackwell: I […]

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