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.church domain names available soon
Christianity Today
Did you know that the Internet name space is quickly expanding far beyond the commonly used domains ending with .com, .net, or .org? And that .church domain names are coming soon? The launching of .church domain names is imminent — churches and pastors need to be aware of this opportunity. Here are five reasons your church should consider registering a .church domain name.
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5 church staff relationship epic fails
Worship Evaluation
The Urban Dictionary defines "epic fail" as a complete and total failure when success should have been reasonably easy to attain. It is no wonder churches are struggling with ministry success when the church staffs that lead those churches can't get along with each other. Ironically, their relational impasses seem to occur more often as a result of something they don’t do than something they intentionally do.
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Our church needs communication help — now what?
By Mark MacDonald
I hate not being able to find stuff. The more disorganized something is, the harder it is to get started. They say that recognizing the problem is half the battle. I think they lie. Recognizing the problem is really only the start — of a lot of hard work. I'm often told at conferences, "Our church needs to fix our communication systems." Then they ask, "But how do we get started?" In a short article, it's difficult to explain all the hard work, but here are four steps to get started.
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3 steps for avoiding financial crisis
Christianity Today
A church consultant and former senior pastor was helping a church in a major crisis — one that would cause it to close its doors six months later. The interim senior pastor asked how his church must change, but instead of following the advice of the consultant, he turned away. Three months later, the elder board forced the interim pastor to resign due to mismanagement of finances. What might have helped that church escape the "crash and burn" that it experienced in the years leading up to its demise? Here are three things.
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How to attract young people to church
Faith & Leadership
In her book "Got Religion?" a journalist examines seven models of young adult outreach in Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith communities and offers a look at how they might be adapted from one context to another. Interestingly, she says technology is not the answer.
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How to avoid burnout for church communicators
Center for Church Communication
Before experiencing burnout later in life, church member and writer Erin Williams was critical of the people who burned out. "When you're doing the Lord's work," she reasoned, "there’s no way you can burn out." But slowly, after many years of doing the same job at the same church with the same people, she felt herself nearing burnout. Maybe burnout was a warning light God uses to pace his people, encourage their rest and productivity and prioritize his purposes over our work. If you're sensing burnout in the work you do or if you burned out years ago, here are a few ways to rekindle the flame.
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Attendee engagement: A marathon not a sprint
Church Tech Today
Many pastors and members alike have become focused on the growth of their churches. With the largest churches in America exceeding tens of thousands and others growing at nearly 50 percent a year, quickly getting people into the church is a major priority for many ministries. If your church is seeing this kind of growth, what are you doing to make sure those attendees stick around? It’s not just about getting people in the door, but getting them plugged in and involved so they stay.
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To work better, work less
The Atlantic
French workers are required to take at least 31 days off each year. Some might call it laziness, but what French people are really doing by vacationing for the entirety of August is avoiding the tipping point of overwork. Vacation time pays dividends; that’s because, even though the amount of time you work tends to match how productive you are as if on a sliding scale, length of work and quality of work at a certain point become inversely related. At some point, in other words, the more you work, the less productive you become.
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Influence vs. popularity: What drive you as a leader?
Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog
In ministry leadership at times you must make a clear choice. Will you be influential or will you be popular? When both are possible – which is a rare occasion of fortune – you have a windfall of capital to leverage. However, popularity and the power that comes from it is acquired by the minutia of the direction of the wind, and is as fickle as the latest fad.

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A new brand is born — Now what?
By Mark MacDonald
The National Association of Church Administration is now The Church Network. Whistles, confetti, fireworks and such. A new brand has been born! I'm honored and humbled to be involved. But now what? It's a weird thing when you think about it. How many of us halfway through life decide to change our name and be known for something different?

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3 gaps that probably exist on your church website
Tony Morgan Live
Everyone knows the value of a digital presence in today's society. Practically every church has one. But having a website and using it effectively are two very different things. When was the last time you truly evaluated the effectiveness of your church's site? The latest report, Say What?! Key Research on Church Communications, uncovers three critical gaps in most church websites.

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Betting on faith: How church helps gambling addicts
Deseret National News
The blessing of wide-open spaces in North Dakota has become a curse for area residents suffering from gambling addiction. Sociological research has shown, and some therapists agree, that support for problem gamblers may be as close as the church down the street. "If one can surround oneself with other people who have other ideals and with positive reinforcement and social support for life changes, then that transition is likely to be more effective," said Christopher Ellison, a distinguished professor of social science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
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Cuba permits construction of new Catholic church for 1st time since 1959
Christian Headlines
The Republic of Cuba will allow a Catholic church to be built in the Communist state reports The Christian Post. This is the first time since 1959 that Cuba has allowed a church to be built. The Catholic church building will be built in Santiago de Cuba and will be funded privately partly be a parish in Tampa, Florida.
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4 ways to retrain your brain to handle information overload
Fast Company
We live in an age of information overload. While many of us find ourselves inundated with vast amounts of data daily, our fast-paced society also requires us to make more rapid decisions. Psychologist and behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of the upcoming book "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload," says information overload creates daily challenges for our brains, causing us to feel mentally exhausted before the day's end.
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How to lead when you're not in the 1st chair
Church Leaders
Many leaders who have gone down dark paths because they either weren't taught how to be a following leader or they were just purely selfish. One thing is certain: Before you can lead, you must learn to follow. So, how do those following leaders lead under authority without losing their vision?
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Influence vs. popularity: What drive you as a leader?
Rich Kirkpatrick's Blog
In ministry leadership at times you must make a clear choice. Will you be influential or will you be popular? When both are possible – which is a rare occasion of fortune – you have a windfall of capital to leverage. However, popularity and the power that comes from it is acquired by the minutia of the direction of the wind, and is as fickle as the latest fad. Influence, on the other hand, is based on time and the reputation that results.
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7 ways to connect the dots
Church Tech Today
We have no shortage of information. We are surrounded by data, but data alone doesn't tell a story. An individual star in the sky may be beautiful, but only when you connect the three in a row do you see Orion's Belt. Individual data points are less important than the story that they can tell when we connect the dots. Measuring the right things can give a full, accurate picture of what is happening in your church. Here are six ways to ensure that your data is telling the right story.
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Business Administrator
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The MET (Metropolitan Baptist Church)
Reporting directly to the Executive Pastor, the Business Administrator is responsible for the Administrative functions of the MET, including Finance, Human Resources and Operations...

Human Resources Business Partner - Manager
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North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
The HR Manager for North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Church (NDCBF) will support the administrative lead and leadership team as a strategic business partner. The HR Manager will deliver support...

Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Carmel, California
Carmel Presbyterian Church
Responsibilities include: Promoting and developing small groups. Recruiting, training and mobilizing people for ministry to both the church and the community. Developing and overseeing a curriculum...
 



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