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Church Executive May 2010, Volume 9, Issue 5

Among the highlights of the May issue is an interview with the author of a new Rick Warren biography. The issue includes two articles about retirement that provide information about planning and IRS regulations. Also in this issue, author Shirl Hoffman discusses sports culture and the church.

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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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Can a Health Savings Account save your church big bucks?

At an employee meeting in 2007, church accountant Kathy Warren and pastor of operations Bob Darden faced what felt like a mutiny. After considerable research and comparative analysis from Darden and Warren, the personnel committee at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Brandon, FL, had decided to move to a consumer-directed, high deductible health plan with a Health Savings Account (HSA).

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Manage expansion uncertainty

Last month we held our Grand Opening and Dedication Service for our new expanded and renovated facility. In early 2008, we made the decision to move forward with an $8 million construction project even as the signs of recession were popping up everywhere.

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iPod, iPhone … iChurch?

Technology has certainly been embraced by church-goers for ages. Just a generation or so ago, the advent of radio and television created opportunities to reach new people and create new pulpits for both the gifted preacher and the not-so-gifted.

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How to structure staff meetings

Many churches struggle to find a staff meeting structure that can accomplish their primary goals of communication, planning and connecting. Our current structure allows for all three.

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Construction audits of billings and payments can save money

With church facilities under construction, you want to ensure that your money is wisely spent, while at the same time being viewed by your contractor as a cooperative business partner. Fulfilling your financial oversight responsibilities while fostering smooth working relations is a diplomatic endeavor.

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What church playgrounds can learn from amusement parks

Churches have something in common with the amusement industry: Both are relentless in the search for ways to attract people. Amusement parks do it to make money while the church does it to build its ministry and spread its teachings.

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