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Financial wellness: an added benefit for your staff

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA Perhaps you have heard of or read about ‘financial wellness’ in the workplace. It’s one of the new buzzwords used to describe the range of financial services that some companies are making available to their employees. So, just what is financial wellness? According to Tom Rath and Jim Harter, leaders […]

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What you should know before recruiting a church intern

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Many churches recruit interns as a way to provide ministry experience for students. Guidelines for unpaid internships have changed.

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Getting staff in correct ‘class’

By David Middlebrook Deciding whether an individual worker is an employee or independent contractor is an increasingly important decision and deserves every church and ministry’s full attention. It is often tempting for churches and ministries to classify workers as independent contractors so as to avoid paying employment and payroll taxes and providing employee benefits and […]

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How to work with the Second Chair (Part 1)

Perhaps no other staff relationship is more important on the church staff than the relationship between the Senior Pastor and the Second Chair, whether that second chair person carries the title, Executive Pastor, COO or something else.

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Quick to listen, slow to hire

Church people often are quick to admit that they’re not perfect.

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Does ‘living epistles’ describe your staff? (Part 2)

Let me address three of the critical factors that help create a staff environment where “living epistles” can be written.

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Being humble is one of the most critical traits of a great leader

When church administrators work at building their team or merely conduct a meeting they must “compel the process,” says management consultant

Patrick Lencioni, and when it doesn’t happen it is more often because “they have a misplaced sense of humility.”

Lencioni, president of The Table Group that specializes in organizational health and executive team development, is a favorite speaker at church conferences. He has authored nine books with more than three million copies sold, and the latest one is The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Church Executive asked Lencioni to apply the advice in his book to pastors and executive pastors of churches as well as to companies: We don’t hear much about humility in business? Being humble is one of the most critical things a great leader must be. But being humble means that leaders know that they are not more important than the people they lead. They are servant leaders. However, even servant leaders need to understand that their words and actions are, in fact, more impactful than those of others.

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Employees need appreciation in churches too

We even have a special month for pastor appreciation (October). Gary Chapman and Paul White has written The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (Northfield Publishing/Moody Publishers), and Church Executive asked the authors to apply their concepts to the church. Dr. Chapman is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC, and has served as senior associate pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in that city for 40 years.

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New year brings renewed Bible engagement

There’s a renewed focus on the Bible in churches these days, as biblical literacy is making a comeback in congregations and publishing houses in the U.S. “What’s really encouraging to me is that deep Bible engagement within the congregation is eminently doable,” says Paul Caminiti, vice president of church and Bible engagement for the publishing firm Biblica. “But people today realize that we’re in trouble and that we’ve not given the Bible its due,” says Caminiti, himself an expert in this area. “There really is a Bible engagement vacuum in the church. I’ve watched lives transformed when pastors treat Bible engagement like a varsity sport. I’ve watched congregations transformed when instead of little camp fires, a big Bible engagement bonfire is built in the middle of the church.

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Ambushed

Checked my schedule, I’ve got a meeting at 10:00, lunch appointment and emails all afternoon.

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