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Branding your church like a president
Church Mag    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Branding is often misunderstood. Take a trendy logo, slap it onto a website, business cards and maybe a few pens and you have a brand. Right? Wrong. Branding is the ongoing, intentional process to educate your audience about who you are and invite people to interact with you. In the season of heavy political debate and aggressive campaigning, let's look at the brand of the presidential candidates. More



Quick to listen, slow to hire
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church people often are quick to admit they're not perfect. While the statement is true and may even suggest humility, when it comes to church business — such as hiring staff — it simply is not good policy. Unlike a secular company, a church carries the mandate to impact people's lives both for the here and now and eternity. Borrowing from Jim Collins' famous metaphor, if church is like a bus headed to its destination, it must seek to have the right people in the right seats, and it must strive to be the right bus for those people. More

Social media execution for churches
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Your church has a Facebook fan page and maybe a Twitter account or two. Is social media really worth the time investment? Will social media lead to any helpful actions or decisions? The answer is, of course, dependent upon how well you strategically plan and tactically engage with your audience. More

Email Communications In Your Ministry
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The business of managing a parish
Episcopal Digital Network    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The idea that managing a church is like managing a business may make some of the faithful's skin crawl. But with church attendance in a general free fall and budget cuts requiring some pastors to do more with less, business principles put to good use in a church setting could be the answer to prayers. More

1st impressions are virtual
Center for Church Communication    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First impressions are no longer physical but virtual. Before someone pulls into your parking lot or shakes a greeter's hand at the front doors, visitors have already visited the church online. Church websites need to help answer as many questions and remove anything that would hinder a first-time guest from attending worship services and the physical building. More



5 powerful things happen when a leader is transparent
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trust and transparency have become popular workplace demands as employees seek to be aware of what is real and true. People have grown tired of surprises and want to exist in a work environment that allows one to have greater clarity of thought — by eliminating the unknowns that continue to creep into our minds with each decision we make or relationship we foster. More

Texas church attracting youth through technology
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VideoBrief As daily lives become more entrenched with technology, a Plano, Texas, church has decided to spend more than $1 million to reach a new generation of tech-bound Christians. Construction crews are putting their finishing touches on The Well at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. The 600-seat building will feature 104 feet of project space for videos, seven projectors and a high-definition screen that is 25 feet long. More



Former Las Vegas church treasurer faces fraud charges
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The former treasurer of a Las Vegas church has been indicted by a federal grand jury in a scheme to defraud the church out of $1.75 million. Gregory J. Olson, 48, who also served as the Calvary Lutheran Church's property chairman, was charged with one count of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. The church had to give up its property under foreclosure proceedings in 2009 in the aftermath of the scheme and has since changed its name to Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. More

Best interview technique you never use
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Eventually, almost every interview turns into a question-and-answer session. You ask a question. The candidate answers as you check a mental tick-box. You quickly go to the next question and the next question and the next question, because you only have so much time and there's a lot of ground to cover because you want to evaluate the candidate thoroughly. The more questions you ask, the more you will learn about the candidate. Or not. More


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Keeping Your Church Safe
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Engage donors in 13 simple steps
ChurchTechToday.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that big gifts from major donors are on the decline. Their analysis of recent studies confirms giving patterns of wealthy donors today mirror those of the Great Depression. It's likely this means you may have to delay or scale back expectations for major campaigns. But more than anything, it means now is the time to engage with your major donors in the most meaningful ways possible. More

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Is bigger really better? The answer might surprise you
ChurchLeaders.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are millions of people in smaller congregations across the country who live with a feeling that they are failures because their church isn't as big as the megaplex congregation down the street. This is sad and should not be the case. A global survey conducted by Christian Schwartz found that smaller churches consistently scored higher than large churches in seven out of eight qualitative characteristics of a healthy church. More

What to do with a workplace whiner
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AudioBrief It's one of the diciest challenges of office politics, one that invades the cubicle farm and executive suite alike: how to deal with workplace whiners. While it's often best to walk away, that can be difficult in today's team-based workplace, where many people work closely in groups. More


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3 key changes for churches in latest Robert's Rules
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Does your church use Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority, either by a specific reference in the church bylaws or by common usage? If so, it is important for you to be familiar with the key provisions in the new and revised 11th edition of Robert's Rules of Order to ensure that your board and membership meetings are being conducted consistently with your parliamentary authority. More



A look at the white spaces issue for wireless equipment, and what it means for churches
Worship Facilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As of June 2010, the Federal Communications Commission mandated that wireless systems, such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors, could no longer operate in the 700 MHz band — the "white space." Worship facilities operating systems in this range had to stop using them to avoid interfering with commercial wireless services and public agencies such as police and fire stations, as well as health care services. More
 

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