Church Executive Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards 2018-01-18T01:29:32Z https://churchexecutive.com/feed/atom admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[A look ahead at 2018 safety trends & risks for churches]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29882 2018-01-16T20:14:16Z 2018-01-16T19:53:11Z By Brian Gleason, MBA, CSRM A lot can happen in a year, that’s for sure. While 2017 proved that things can change in an instant, there are trends and indicators that can prepare us for the most successful year yet. Here, the GuideOne risk management and loss control team forecasts risk management trends for churches […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[Pastors: stop competing and start hanging out]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29806 2018-01-08T20:42:45Z 2018-01-08T20:42:45Z By Sam S. Rainer III  I enjoy a little friendly competition. Last October, I used my kids as a front to scope out another local church’s Fall Fest. That, and they had a large amount of free candy. My affinity for candy corn sucked me into their festivities. The pastor and I are friends. The […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[4 essentials of a great Christmas Eve service]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29790 2017-12-18T20:30:55Z 2017-12-18T20:30:55Z By Sam S. Rainer III  Christmas Eve is the most likely time an unchurched person will walk into your worship space. It’s a huge opportunity. My fear is some churches go through the motions since Christmas Eve is the peak of busy season and volunteers are short in supply. Your Christmas Eve service is worth […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[Justice, relevance and authenticity]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29763 2017-11-21T21:32:35Z 2017-11-21T21:32:35Z By Trevor Eppehimer, Ph.D. “Social relevance” serves as a holy grail for those whose careers depend on the ability to identify current patterns of thinking and spot contemporary cultural trends. Success follows, conventional wisdom holds, the politician, recording artist, filmmaker, or company that can locate, commodify and project “social relevance.” In North America, where persons […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[FULLY FUNDED, FINALLY]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29681 2017-11-21T21:19:48Z 2017-11-21T21:19:48Z C3LA funds key initiatives after growing digital giving by 372% in 3 years C3LA is a young, vibrant multi-site church in the sprawling city of Los Angeles whose vision is to help people know God personally, find freedom from their past through the power of relationship, discover their purpose through servanthood, and ultimately grow into […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[5 questions to ask at the 2-year mark in your tenure]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29686 2017-11-20T21:02:49Z 2017-11-20T21:02:49Z By Sam S. Rainer III  I am in the third year of serving as lead pastor at West Bradenton. Thankfully, my first two years were more joy than angst, defined by encouragement and not disillusion. But even in a healthy church, the third year can bring frustration — for both pastor and congregation. In the […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[Attitude, attitude, attitude ….]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29662 2017-11-17T00:53:08Z 2017-11-17T00:53:08Z By Tim Spivey The most overlooked and underrated trait of people who serve in healthy, growing churches is a positive attitude. This isn’t to be mistaken for blindness to obstacles or a “yes man/woman” posture. I’m talking about one’s primary attitude, and whether it is oriented toward self/others and criticism/encouragement. What weather do they produce […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[4 agenda items church staff meetings should cover every week]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29587 2017-11-06T23:32:46Z 2017-11-06T23:32:46Z By Sam S. Rainer III I’m weird. I like meetings. They are an opportunity to interact with people. Being an extrovert, I enjoy the collaboration of teamwork. Not all meetings are created equal. Church staff meetings can wander into theological briars and get stuck. Discussions about facility requests can circle on a roundabout like Clark […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[Church Trends and Statistics]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29655 2017-11-20T22:02:29Z 2017-11-01T18:23:49Z Age and generosity A report by Barna in partnership with Thrivent, entitled “The Generosity Gap,” studied how differences in giving may be attributed to being a part of different generational groups. There are differences in what people perceive as an act of generosity. When American Christians were asked what their concept of “giving to others” […]

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admin http://www.churchexecutive.com <![CDATA[The problem with managing cash]]> https://churchexecutive.com/?p=29653 2018-01-03T17:51:09Z 2017-11-01T18:20:21Z The need to manage cash is a good “problem” to have … but what should your church do with it? John Regan, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at New York-based Permanens Capital, talks about playing it safe, while earning some modest return. How big of a priority and a problem is cash management in […]

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