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Guest Column: Spreading the Gospel by Making the Medium the Message

By Janil Jean A church executive who markets well is an executive whose church is alive and well. This is because that man or woman understands that few symbols are as simple yet sacred as a cross; that person understands what a cross means by way of where a cross stands, be it atop the […]

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Training your tech team: the right gear is only part of the solution

By Jeff Barnett When you buy new gear, there’s always a measure of anticipation. The new and enhanced features, the easier workflow, the ability to do more and bigger things — it’s simply exciting. But just purchasing new gear won’t take you all the way to a job well done. That takes a well-trained tech […]

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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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How to choose the right MDiv program: 5 questions to ask

How can you tell which Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is the best fit for you? By Joel Short There might be practical concerns relating to cost and convenience to consider. But how can you evaluate the quality of a program and the impact it will have on your life and ministry? Here are 5 […]

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Counseling training options for pastors

Expert perspectives on the expectations church leaders face today, common pitfalls and risks, and how to rise to the challenge Overall, are pastors adequately trained and prepared with regards to counseling their congregations?

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Adopting modern worship styles: what you haven’t considered

By Jeff Barnett It’s nearly the end of 2018. It’s going on two decades since the modern worship band movement began sweeping through the church. In fact, to most Millennials, it’s not “modern” worship; it’s simply worship. As they take the mantle of leadership, more and more congregations are adopting this musical format. Here are […]

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Securing buy-in: 3 strategies for casting your vision

By Nick Cooper How often have you seen (or been a part of) a church or ministry staff with a tremendous vision, a plan to reach people and a beautiful design — and nothing happens? Many times, this is the result of failing to cast the vision to the congregation.

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5 facility “musts” to compete for young families

By Rodney James The culture of our nation is much different than it was two decades ago. And because of those differences, the church has been challenged to meet the perceived and real needs of this generation.  Many young families are leaving the traditional churches they were raised in, setting aside their denominational loyalties and […]

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Getting your systems ready for special events

By Andrew Scriven Christmas and Easter — arguably the two most wonderful, celebrated (also painful / dreaded) events in the life of the church. Most churches go all out to celebrate, incorporating advanced production techniques they don’t normally use — added vocals, special instrumentation, mixed-media presentations, dramatic lighting, special effects, animals … you get the […]

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You have a church to run and a staff to pay. But are you paying enough to make them STAY?

The church compensation challenge To attract, retain, and motivate key members of your staff, you need to know if your compensation is on par with other churches of your size. Let’s be honest: it’s a competitive labor market. Even in a church, it’s not enough to assume loyalty. An annual review of staff compensation market data […]

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