Management

  • Evaluating Your Church Office for Improvements

    Evaluating Your Church Office for Improvements

    When I started as a church office administrator, one of my first projects was to update member records in a spreadsheet. As I sat typing, I remember thinking, “There must be a software...

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  • Creating a Can-Do Culture in Your Church

    Creating a Can-Do Culture in Your Church

    We’ve all heard about those congregations that just seem to have a toxic culture. Perhaps it’s a tight-knit community that has a hard time welcoming in strangers. Maybe it’s a church...

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  • Investing in People Skills over Marketing

    Investing in People Skills over Marketing

    I recently reread Kem Meyer’s book, Less Chaos. Less Noise. As I did, Meyer’s words hit me right between the eyes, as they often do. This time, however, it wasn’t about written...

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  • Digital Well-Being: Sabbath as a Circuit Breaker

    Digital Well-Being: Sabbath as a Circuit Breaker

    About six weeks into my DCE internship, I was planning to leave town on my day off for the first time. There was an event taking place at the church while I would be gone, and though I...

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  • Going a Step beyond Skill Sets: Training Current Staff Rather Than Hiring

    Going a Step beyond Skill Sets: Training Current Staff Rather Than Hiring

    His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”—Matthew 25:21

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  • Writing Job Descriptions That Foster a Teamwork Mentality

    Writing Job Descriptions That Foster a Teamwork Mentality

    Working for a church can be one of the most fulfilling career paths out there! Not only do you get paid to pursue your passion and serve God using the gifts and abilities He’s given...

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  • Church Management Software 301: Fundraising

    Church Management Software 301: Fundraising

    Fundraising is a hard topic, and I’ll admit at the outset that it’s one I struggle with. The problem is, of course, that it’s so easy to get the perspectives wrong. We can become so...

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  • Church Management Software 201: Assimilation

    Church Management Software 201: Assimilation

    So you’ve made good use of your Church Management Software (CMS), and you have some new prospective members who are beginning to interact with your congregation, perhaps even showing up...

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  • Church Management Software 101: Prospects

    Church Management Software 101: Prospects

    Anytime we set out to talk about ways to manage church members’ information, targeted advertising, or other efforts to use technology in outreach, we need to start from the right...

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  • Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Creating a Communication Plan for a Large Project

    Nothing will stop a project faster than a lack of communication. To fill the gap, misinformation will quickly spread. This will lead to ever increasing amounts of frustration from...

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  • 15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    15 Things Every Church Must Have in Its Technology Stack

    When I was young, I used to collect and trade baseball cards with the other kids in the neighborhood. The cards we collected were not really worth much money, so whenever I tried to...

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  • Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    Protecting Your Church Members’ Privacy

    If you’ve purchased anything in the last twenty or so years, you’ve almost certainly experienced it: that moment when you get to the register to purchase an inconsequential item,...

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  • How to Find Joy in Your To-Do List

    How to Find Joy in Your To-Do List

    I’m always impressed by a good marketing strategy, and the folks at Netflix have shown once again they know how to market. On January 1, 2019, the day when New Year’s resolutions are...

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  • Pros and Cons of Slack for Churches

    Pros and Cons of Slack for Churches

    With the rapid-fire pace of web applications today, it seems there’s a new must-have product about every other week. Generally, these come and go and aren’t actually all that new or...

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  • 5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches29:01

    5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches

    Sometimes churches move at the speed of committees. So there’s a lot we can learn from the software development world’s use of agile methodology, in which prototypes are created quickly, tested early,

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  • 5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches

    5 Ways to Implement Agile Methodology in Churches

    Have you ever worked on a project for a church committee where you’ve spent weeks meeting, planning, studying, and preparing to make a decision, then a few more weeks double-checking...

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  • Adjusting Your Schedule to Get More Productive and Creative

    Adjusting Your Schedule to Get More Productive and Creative

    One of my greatest struggles working in a communications role for a church is finding the balance between executing existing plans or ideas and finding space for creativity and...

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  • Evernote for Pastors, Church Offices, and Ministry Teams

    Evernote for Pastors, Church Offices, and Ministry Teams

    Before computers became integrated with our lives, the big office complaint was about paper. A good deal of our communication and information storage involved paper. How to store that...

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  • Software Training for Successful Change

    Software Training for Successful Change

    Perhaps you’ve heard this story before: a congregation invests a great deal of money in a new church management software, rolls it out to pastors, secretaries, and other users....

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  • Resources for Continuing Education in the Church16:03

    Resources for Continuing Education in the Church

    Our churches can’t always afford to hire people to fill each role we need to do the ministry God has called us to do. That doesn’t mean, however, that God doesn’t provide exactly what we need to accom

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