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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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