Staff Member Development

Staff Member Meetings Made Easy by Ben Crawshaw One-on-ones can often create anxiety for both the supervisor and employee. Bosses wonder… What in the world are we going to talk about? Is there a way I can postpone this meeting? What can I do that would be helpful to this employee? Employees worry… Am I…

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If you’re doing pastoral counseling at your church, when do you refer the person to a local counselor? If you meet with someone in your congregation and determine that they need more help than you can offer, refer them to local counselors or counseling centers that you trust. **Keep in mind, this means that you…

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Church Safety

Church Safety in the Twenty-First Century by Ben Crawshaw The headlines are out there … “FBI Issues Warning to U.S. Churches After ISIS Calls for Terror Attacks” The Blaze, December 23, 2016 “Lagrange Police Officer Talk to Members of the Faith Community about How to Protect Themselves and Survive During an Incident Involving an Active…

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One Essential Element to Effective Church Fundraising by Ben Crawshaw I meet with people all the time who tell me they need to raise some money. I ask them how much. They shrug. At that point, I realize they’re trying to grab a vapor. They’re reaching for a reality that doesn’t exist yet. In order…

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5 Steps to MUCH Better Fundraising by Keith Cook Do you know the #1 reason why people have trouble raising money? IT’S HARD. 🙁 There’s no way around it. It’s just straight up difficult and it’s hard for everyone. When I talk to pastors and ministry leaders about fundraising it’s like they are shocked that…

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Delegate

How to Delegate for Better Results by Ben Crawshaw There’s a difference between being a DO-er and getting things DONE. And sometimes that difference is in effective delegation. Now before you say something like, “Look Ben, I’m the only official paid staff member at my church,” lemme say … “Hold on, pastor… because the principles…

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  ABOUT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES TO INCREASE DONATIONS We are rapidly advancing in this digital age. Mobile phones have replaced landlines. Credit cards have replaced cash. Email has replaced the Postal Service. And we’ll continue to change. Changes in culture lead to changes in the church. Lyrics on a screen have…

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How to Have a More Effective Presentation by Jeff Henderson For many years now, I’ve asked people this simple question: How many of you have ever endured a boring presentation? Every single time, the same response happens. People laugh. They look at the person next to them. Roll their eyes. And raise their hand. Every…

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  How a More Effective Sermon Prep Time Starts with This … by Will Graham Tests show that writing on physical paper (as opposed to typing on a keyboard) increases conceptual comprehension and retention. And, according to The Guardian, it isn’t just words and letters that we process differently. “Texts themselves, so far as our…

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