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Shaping culture

One of the growth lids most organizations hit is when their organizational culture is contrary to their organizational goals.

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Learn to speak well

Those who carry responsibilities in congregations

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Managerial hurdles

Much debate exists in the academic world on the difference between managers and leaders.

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Social networking at work

One question that I seem to be asked on a regular basis is: Do you allow your staff to use some type of social networking at work?

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Seeking feedback

At Fairhaven Church, we’ve pushed formal performance appraisals to the side in favor of informal coaching. That’s working well for us, but one downside to not having that formal meeting is we may miss the opportunity to get good feedback from our employees

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Rick Warren: ‘What on earth is he here for?’

When author Jeffery L. Sheler finished the task of writing a biography of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, Sheler described it as an “honest, thorough, authoritative, and nuanced treatment of the life of one ordinary man who has been set in an extraordinary place and time with extraordinary gifts, and who is doing his best to complete the course he believes his God has set before him.”

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Push/pull management

If I push and you pull, we have movement, things get done. If we both push, or both pull, we often create an immovable object. Church ministries should not be immovable objects.

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Churches upgrade connection

After 14 years in IT work with a megachurch, Mike Gold decided to put his practical, hands-on experience to work for a leading corporate firm where he can work with dozens of megachurches.

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Safe haven

On Sunday, February 14, three hooded men walked into the New Gethsemane Church of God in Christ church in Richmond, CA during midday services and opened fire. Two victims of the shooting were hospitalized and are expected to survive. This is just one of too many recent acts of violence to disrupt places that should be sanctuaries for peace.

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Refinancing debt may free up cash for ministries and missions

One of the most significant stewardship responsibilities for a church is managing debt. Churches weigh the decision to incur debt very carefully, and are typically highly focused on the details of the loan.

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