The Unexpected Benefits of Background Checks

As I sit down to write this blog post, it’s July of 2017. Even as I type, my four-year old is watching a Youtube Kids video on how to make homemade popsicles while she uses me as her personal ottoman, couch, blanket, and jungle gym. That’s #DadLife, right? Just yesterday, my wife told me to…

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Five Tips For Recruiting & Keeping Volunteers At Your Church

Let me start by asking you a simple question: Is there anything you can do at your church without the help and support of volunteers? I’d venture to say that if you really sat down and thought about it, your answer would probably be a resounding, “No!” That’s because volunteers are essential to the success…

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3 Reasons Systems are Important for Your Church

3 Reasons Systems are Important for Your Church Ben Crawshaw Have you evaluated your systems lately? Even churches (should) have systems. It’s how to remove the stress of ministry while growing a church. In fact, there is great benefit to systems that you will experience right away: 1.  You don’t have to start with a blank…

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Staff Member Development

How to Have a 1 on 1 with a Staff Member

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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Church Safety

Is Your Church Safe? Your Guide to 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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Clarity Creates Certainty in Fundraising

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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I Got 99 Problems But Fundraising Ain’t One

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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5 Steps to Effective Delegation

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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Because Leadership Eventually Comes with a Microphone

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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