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5 Things You Should Equip Your Volunteers to Do

By Margie Morris Good training helps volunteers succeed. It equips them to tackle meaningful jobs with determination and skill. It’s not always easy to let go of tried-and-true methods to allow for innovation. But by loosening our grasp, we allow volunteers to generate their own enthusiasm rather than asking them to be caretakers for our […]

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Does Your Church Have A Moat?

By Topper Reid Most churches don’t realize they have a moat around their church building. The type of moat I am referring to is invisible. The moat only becomes visible to people who cannot find a place to park on Sunday mornings. Finding a place to park becomes the “challenge of conquering the moat.” Does […]

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Safeguarding Your Church Against Counseling Misconduct

By Sue Brage Today’s topic is a serious one. As someone who has seen churches destroyed and careers ruined as a result of sexual and emotional misconduct, I have strong feelings on this topic. I have a relative whose family was impacted by inappropriate relationships born out of a counseling situation. It is all too […]

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Who Are These People?

By J. Mark Jordan Church Life in the New Millennium: The new generation of churchgoers presents challenges to pastors and leaders that differ significantly from the stereotypes of the past. The old assumptions no longer work. We need to take a fresh look at the way we handle the people who are caught up in […]

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Of Saints And Reprobates

By J. Mark Jordan And love unto all the saints . . . (Ephesians 1:15) . . . men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith (II Timothy 3:8). A mystifying maze of people problems confronts ministers on a daily basis. Why is it that among any given group, some people emerge as genuine gifts […]

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10 Things Every Church Needs To Know About Security And Emergency Planning

By Jude Ploughman 1. It can happen to you: in the 2009 preliminary statistics, the Christian Security Network documented 13 deaths, 50 acts of violence, almost 100 arsons and thousands of property crimes resulting in tens of millions of dollars in losses. Add to that the risks of medical emergencies (1,200,000 coronary attacks in the […]

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Historical Drift

By Dan Butler Several years ago, Arnold Cook wrote the book Historical Drifts. He makes the observation that institutions, religious or otherwise, all experience drift and deterioration. In it he included his curve (figure A below) that illustrates how institutions invariably become victims of such drift. A man or woman experiences what is for them, […]

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The Path Of A Resolution

By Ken Curley How does a resolution make it to the General Conference floor? The business at The Conference includes the consideration of resolutions. Resolutions range from mere housekeeping measures to positions on doctrine or policy. Just how does a resolution make it to the General Conference floor? Origin of Resolutions Any member of the […]

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Confessions Of A Church Sign Reader

By W. Clayton Brumby Churches say a lot even when they aren’t saying anything. Individuals and congregations send all kinds of non-verbal communication about themselves, and about how they feel toward total strangers. You don’t believe me? Let’s take a short ride. I’ll drive. Let’s see what they’re saying, or not saying. I think you’ll […]

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The Event Sheet = Ministry Action

By Scott Carley It’s such a unpretentious thought that we overlook the simplicity behind it But the reality of a church with regular events corresponds with growth most of the time. That is to say, “If you have events going on, its likely you have ministry happening too”. Staff and Planning meetings that set calendar agendas are vital […]

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