Management

  • Protecting Your Family Online

    Protecting Your Family Online

    Because of their leadership with various communication channels, church communicators are sometimes asked by parents how to keep kids safe online. This article was originally posted on...

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  • Purchasing Audio & Visual Equipment - A Guide for Churches

    Purchasing Audio & Visual Equipment - A Guide for Churches

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  • Understanding Vocation in a Machine-Filled World

    Understanding Vocation in a Machine-Filled World

    There’s a story that’s told of a wise man to whom a king was indebted. The king offered him his choice of any reward in the kingdom, but the wise man demurred. Instead he asked only...

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  • Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress during Holy Week24:47

    Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress during Holy Week

    What can we do when the schedule is packed and we feel like we’re juggling twelve things while hopping on one foot and playing a banjo? Here are some tips from Pastor Daniel Ross about managing stress

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  • Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress During Holy Week

    Peace in the Chaos: Managing Stress During Holy Week

    This is not a usual Concordia Technology Solutions blog post. In fact, there will be very little discussion about technology at all. No trends, no flashing doodads, no talk about social...

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  • Harnessing Technology So It Doesn’t Harness Us35:29

    Harnessing Technology So It Doesn’t Harness Us

    DCE Katy Munson advocates approaching the conversation on how much and when to use technology from a stewardship perspective—managing the resources God has given to us, particularly in our homes.

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  • Harnessing Technology So It Doesn’t Harness Us

    Harnessing Technology So It Doesn’t Harness Us

    “Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms.” These words were deemed the unofficial motto for the 1933–34 World’s Fair in Chicago. More than eighty years have passed since that...

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  • Churchgoer Giving Study: New Findings, Surprising Insights53:48

    Churchgoer Giving Study: New Findings, Surprising Insights

    Vanco Payment Solutions conducted an online survey of more than 1,000 churchgoers in August 2017, following up on their groundbreaking research from two years ago. While the results continue to show s

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  • Leave No One Behind: Using Your Church Database to Minister to Inactive Members

    Leave No One Behind: Using Your Church Database to Minister to Inactive Members

    What percentage of your church membership actually attends regularly? Do your “active” members do more than just come to worship? How do you track interactions with members outside of weekend services

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  • 6 Questions to Ask Before Adopting New Technology

    6 Questions to Ask Before Adopting New Technology

    Technology touches all aspects of our lives. From the ways we work, play, create, and learn all the way to how we spend our final days, technology plays a significant role in what’s...

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  • How to Get Those “Big Ideas” from Group Brainstorm Sessions

    How to Get Those “Big Ideas” from Group Brainstorm Sessions

    You need ideas for something—an event, a Lenten theme, new online outreach, a new ministry. And you need help coming up with ideas. So you decide to hold a brainstorm session. But...

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  • The Value of Tracking Church Attendance (and How to Do It!)25:26

    The Value of Tracking Church Attendance (and How to Do It!)

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  • Making the Most of a Quiet Week in the Church Office

    Making the Most of a Quiet Week in the Church Office

    Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of the year: the week between Christmas and New Year’s. At Concordia Publishing House, this is a short work-week bookended by two holidays and an...

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  • Getting Ahead for Advent and Lent by Planning Them Together

    Getting Ahead for Advent and Lent by Planning Them Together

    For pastors, Advent and Lent can feel more like survival times than planning times. Midweek services, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Holy Week, Easter. . . . It can be overwhelming....

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  • How Church Management Software Can Help Pastors

    How Church Management Software Can Help Pastors

    I had only been a pastor for a short while at my first congregation. I remember trying to look up families and guessing the ages of their children. I cannot remember if it was for...

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  • The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    The Reformation and Technological Change in the Church

    “Immortal God, what a world I see dawning. Why can I not be young again?” The Dutch scholar Erasmus wrote these words in 1517, enraptured by the possibilities created by the...

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  • 7 Hidden Excel Tricks You’ll Wish You Had Been Using Sooner

    7 Hidden Excel Tricks You’ll Wish You Had Been Using Sooner

    There are many fantastic tools within Excel that many people have never used. Here are my seven favorite Excel tools that you can start using today. It’s been quite a while since I wrote a

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  • How to Manage Your Church’s Email Lists

    How to Manage Your Church’s Email Lists

    Even in the age of social media, email still proves to be more effective than social media when reaching people. In the last five to ten years, email providers, email clients, and...

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  • Maintaining Positive Attitudes among Ministry Staff

    Maintaining Positive Attitudes among Ministry Staff

    When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, one of my routines was to venture to Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle on Saturday mornings. Not only was it fun to pick out fresh fish for...

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  • Simple Steps for Planning for Next Year’s Offering Envelopes

    Simple Steps for Planning for Next Year’s Offering Envelopes

    The fourth quarter of 2017 is just around the corner, and in addition to Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, this time includes one of the most stressful tasks in the church office:...

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