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Making a Motion
Infographic: What making a main motion looks like during a meeting.
Making a Motion
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Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
How to make the most of surveillance technology.
Best Practices for Installing Security Cameras at Your Church
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Nathan Parr spent 12 years as the operations manager for the 4,000-member First Baptist Church of Belton, Texas. He previously served in the US Marine Corps and owned a construction company. He recently joined North Carolina-based Cool Solutions Group as a facility specialist. ...

9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA
What churches should be aware of as they hire and train staff members.
9 Steps Employers Should Take to Comply with the ADA
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  1. Prepare job descriptions for all employees. Be sure to itemize essential job functions. These are functions that are job related and required by business necessity. Do not list functions that will not be required in performing the job in question.
  2. Review job application forms and eliminate any question that segregates or classifies applicants on the basis of disability.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
Tips for making the most of Pastor Appreciation Month.
11 Ways to Love Your Leader
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Some days I suspect the speed of change is surpassing the speed of sound.

The explosion of change in technology, communication, and the world booms all around. In the clamor, I anchor myself to the ancient truths found in the person of Jesus of Christ.

I’m not alone.

Millions ...

Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
What a recent ruling might mean for pastors.
Wisconsin Federal Judge: Housing Allowance Violates Establishment Clause
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On October 6, a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the housing allowance provided to clergy by the Internal Revenue Code is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

A similar ruling had been handed down in 2013 by the same Wisconsin judge, ...

Before You Fire Your Pastor
8 guidelines to consider.
Before You Fire Your Pastor
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Recently, a pastor told me his deacons asked for his resignation, and they weren't clear on their reason for asking for it. The best I can discern the issue was change, or the pace of change.

The church is known in the area unflatteringly as a “preacher-eater church.” ...

Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
And how to find which ones don't need to be presented.
Why You Should Remove Certain Reports from Your Meeting Agenda
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You've most likely been in meetings that drag on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: you do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee Reports” on your meeting agenda.

How to Keep Your Meetings Short
The secret to making meetings brief and efficient.
How to Keep Your Meetings Short
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No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions.

Not all motions or topics need to be discussed. Sometimes—more often than you might think—members ...

Do Americans Notice How Churches Help Communities?
LifeWay research reveals blind spots.
Do Americans Notice How Churches Help Communities?
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While you and other Christians may be aware of your local churches’ outreach ministries, LifeWay research reveals that those services are often unheard of in their wider communities.

Recently, LifeWay posed the following survey question: “Which, if any, of the following ...

Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
Promote collaboration across church staff with these key reminders.
Are Your Church IT Policies Too Restrictive?
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A church IT worker’s job includes protecting the church from cyber threats. However, this protection—such as restricting the ability to download software—can feel too confining to staff members, and this can cause tension. There are ways IT workers can help ...

5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
Practical ways to encourage donations during these typically slower months.
5 Tips to Increase Giving This Summer
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Giving is often a difficult topic for pastors to discuss with their congregations. The common worry is that no one likes to be told how to use their money. But donations are vital to keep the local church running effectively.

The Barna Group shares that only 5 percent of the ...

What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
Ways to create a healthy rhythm in ministry work.
What a Pastoral Coach Says Pastors Need for Spiritual Self-Care
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The sometimes trying and stressful nature of the pastorate can easily weigh pastors down if they’re not careful.

Karen Miller is well aware of these difficulties. As a pastoral coach, she comes alongside pastors and leaders to help them tackle the challenges associated ...

9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
How to prepare for this significant summer event.
9 Tips for Planning a Safe VBS
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It’s May—and that means summer is just around the corner. For many churches, summer means Vacation Bible School.

Is your church ready for this big event? Has your children’s ministry team started preparing? If you haven’t thought about it yet this year, ...

Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
How to navigate the process smoothly and with minimal problems.
Church Cell Tower Leases and Zoning Laws
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Kevin Donohue spent decades building networks for wireless companies before switching sides to represent landowners through his work with Tower Genius—a consultant firm that helps churches, businesses, and private citizens with lease agreements. He spoke with ManagingYourChurch.com ...

Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?
How fax technology has changed, and what this means for churches.
Is the Church Fax Machine Still Needed?
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Fax machines are still operating in many churches. When churches move to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, they often have the hardest time letting go of fax technology.

Fax is a digital scan. The difference is in how it is transmitted—or, rather, in how it ...

The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
What a church must consider before buying or leasing.
The Tricky World of Copier Leases and Purchases
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Vonna Laue is an expert on church finances. She served 20 years with a CPA firm focused on churches and ministries and is an editorial advisor for Church Finance Today . Here, she offers advice on navigating the complex world of copier leases and purchases.

What advice would ...

A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders
Planning a productive (and short) meeting in which everyone gets a voice.
A Guide to 25-Minute Meetings for Church Leaders
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For many church leaders, meetings have become a way of life. They discuss strategy, rally the troops to talk about an upcoming event, and meet with the deacon board to plan a building expansion.

There are a few problems with this way of life, however. Meetings tend to ramble ...

Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk
Why church leaders should assess the way they collect and record money.
Financial Fraud in Churches: A Major Risk
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Editor’s Note: In a podcast on the 10 major trends for churches in 2017, Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe of LifeWay talk about financial fraud in churches and offer valuable insights for church leaders on the subject. We've highlighted part of this podcast.

Jonathan: ...

How Often Should Church Leaders Meet?
Determining the best times to set meetings.
How Often Should Church Leaders Meet?
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Church leadership meetings should happen as often as needed, but never more often than necessary. The specifics of that will change depending on many factors, including church size, location, frequency of services and ministries, polity, and more. But here’s how my church ...

Social Media Checklist to Begin the Year
Social Media Checklist to Begin the Year
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The beginning of a year is an ideal time to refresh and update your personal and church social media accounts. Sometimes it’s necessary to make either important updates or subtle adjustments. In any event, your online presence will benefit from an annual inventory of your ...

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