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  • Software Training for Successful Change26:21

    Software Training for Successful Change

    Hear from Rev. Bill Johnson, director of educational technology at Concordia Theological Seminary, about how church workers can implement software training for successful change.

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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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  • Delegating to Trusted Volunteers to Give Yourself More Time14:52

    Delegating to Trusted Volunteers to Give Yourself More Time

    Many of us working in the church have a hard time letting go of tasks, but delegating work to volunteers can benefit both you and the church's members. Hear more from Andrew Osborne, director of worsh

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  • Delegating to Trusted Volunteers to Give Yourself More Time

    Delegating to Trusted Volunteers to Give Yourself More Time

    If you’re a church worker, you never have a shortage of ways to stay busy. It seems like as soon as you finish your Sunday services, you’re already running out of time to get everything...

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  • Staying Connected with Your Church's College Students15:23

    Staying Connected with Your Church's College Students

    As our summer intern, Audrey, leaves CTS to go back to school, she has a few tips for churches on how to stay connected with college students who are away

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  • Staying Connected with Your Church’s College Students

    Staying Connected with Your Church’s College Students

    As college students are packing their bags to go back to school at the end of the summer, there are a few steps that churches can take to make sure their college students are feeling...

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  • Communicating with Your Staff at a Multi-Site Church

    Communicating with Your Staff at a Multi-Site Church

    For any organization, big or small, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the employees learning to communicate with one another. Most problems that occur within a church staff...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 3 Keys to Make Sure You Leave Well

    3 Keys to Make Sure You Leave Well

    God has a habit of opening and closing doors in our lives. He uses these opportunities to shape us and grow us into the person He created us to be. Sometimes it's easy to walk through a...

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  • 4 Steps to Create a Job Description for Churches

    4 Steps to Create a Job Description for Churches

    When it comes time to call or hire a church worker, a good job description is the essential tool to enable you to determine the right person for the position. When it comes time to call or h

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  • Using Slack to Better Team Communication

    Using Slack to Better Team Communication

    If no man is an island that goes double for churches. It would be downright impossible for one person to do everything. Now, the bigger a church gets the more staff and volunteers are needed to do...

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  • The Best Meeting Agenda Template I've Ever Used

    The Best Meeting Agenda Template I've Ever Used

    Have you ever been in a meeting that veered off course and shifted to family, sports, or even movie recommendations? Most meetings appear harmless, they start with “we need to discuss...

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  • How to Run Effective Meetings

    How to Run Effective Meetings

    On average, a church worker spends about 39,204,823,907,402 hours of his or her life in meetings. Okay, maybe the number isn’t quite that large, but there are times it doesn’t seem too...

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  • How to Keep Your Staff on the Same Page and Organized

    How to Keep Your Staff on the Same Page and Organized

    Whether you are speaking of corporate staff or church workers, keeping staff organized and on the same page is critical to the success of your mission.

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  • How to Successfully Make Controversial Changes in the Church

    How to Successfully Make Controversial Changes in the Church

    Change is a difficult thing to accept for a lot of people. People are creatures of habit. I know this first hand because every Sunday growing up we sat on the same side of the church—almost in...

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  • How to Use Webinars for Member Training

    How to Use Webinars for Member Training

    I love a good productivity hack. I especially love one that increases the productivity of me, my co-workers, and the people we serve. That’s why I’m a big fan of webinars for training. We can...

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