All posts from “training”

Safety Training: It's More Than a Manual

April 17, 2014 8:00 AM

With the "Youth Ministry in America" survey results as a starting point, we continue our roundtable discussion. Today we discuss the important—and sometimes overlooked—issue of safety training in churches. (If you missed the last two blog posts on the top...

Youth Ministry Survey Reveals Communication Breakdown

February 11, 2014 8:00 AM

Christianity Today and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company have released findings of a joint research project—Youth Ministry in America. The study, based on responses from more than 800 youth ministry leaders across the United States, highlights key findings on the...

8 Ways Churches Are Using Pinterest

June 4, 2012 8:00 AM

Imagine if you had access to the world’s largest bulletin board—a place where you could exchange ideas and images from around the globe. That’s one of the major benefits of the increasingly popular website, Pinterest. Unlike sites such as...

Little Guys Can Do Big Things

April 19, 2012 8:00 AM

I go to an Episcopal church. We have liturgy. Our pews aren’t padded. We don’t do PowerPoint. We don’t have a visitor’s welcome center. Our website? Kinda lame. Our communications budget? A single line item for a phone book ad,...

Staying Afloat Amid Information Overload

September 29, 2011 8:00 AM

The flow of information never stops for the Rev. Dr. Todd Adams, the associate general minister and vice president in the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He fields up to 150 emails a day. He...

One Solution to Education Cutbacks

August 25, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor's Note: As a follow up to our posts, "What's a Congregation Worth?" and "Church Giving on the Rebound?" we came across this article by Dave Staal on our sister site, BuildingChurchLeaders.com (Dave also played an integral role in...

The Pluses of Google+ for Church Leaders

July 18, 2011 10:58 AM

Google+ is the latest entry in the ocean of social media. As a church leader, you need to know the potential this has for your leadership and church. The interface has drawn a number of comparisons to Facebook, and while...

Get $1,000 for Your Church's Communications Campaign

July 18, 2011 8:00 AM

Our friends over at ChurchJuice.com are offering three $1,000 grants to churches planning--or already doing--unique, interesting, and effective communications work. The deadline to apply for "The Juicys" is August 5, 2011. As ChurchJuice.com puts it: We want to recognize and...

Creating a Disaster Relief Ministry

July 7, 2011 8:00 AM

Few will argue that 2011 has been a tragic season for natural disasters. The U.S. has been hit hard by tornadoes, fires, and floods. States like Missouri, Arizona, and North Dakota are recovering from (and still facing) the worst natural...

Better Minds, Better Church Office Management?

May 23, 2011 8:00 AM

Editor’s Note: On Thursday, the early registration and discounted rate ends for the National Association of Church Business Administration’s 55th annual conference (July 1-5 in Washington, D.C.). Christianity Today International’s Church Management Team is a content partner with NACBA,...

Survey Says, Millennials Do Give—and Not Just Online

May 19, 2011 8:00 AM

Contrary to what you might think, Millennials are generous and technology isn’t the only way to motivate them to donate to nonprofits (including churches), according to the 2011 Millennial Donor Report. Among the nearly 3,000 Millennials between the ages...

New Report: Households Spent $368 on Gas Last Month

May 12, 2011 8:00 AM

A new report issued last week by the Oil Price Information Service shows the average American household spent $368 in April on gas, according to this CNN article. If church leaders haven't already done so, it's time to think...

Responding to Disaster

April 29, 2011 10:12 AM

Editor's Update (5/2/11): The Christian Science Monitor reported this weekend about the mobilization of nonprofits and churches to aid tornado victims in Alabama and elsewhere. The Monitor reports: In a scene reminiscent of the days following hurricane Katrina in...

10 to Remember From 2010

December 20, 2010 8:00 AM

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s time to get all nostalgic and look back at the year that was. That includes reviewing the articles that interested readers throughout the year. Based on Internet traffic patterns, these 10 articles from...

A Theology of Workflow

November 30, 2010 8:00 AM

Matt Perman wants to help you get your inbox to zero. He wants you to effectively multi-task, organize your desk, and schedule your day. But Perman, who blogs at whatsbestnext.com and is working on a book on productivity, is...

30% Discount on Church Law, Tax, and Finance Resources

October 18, 2010 8:00 AM

Our friends at the National Association for Church Business Administration have designated Thursday, October 21, as "National Church Administration Day." As NACBA explains it on its website: "The idea behind National Church Administration Day is for seasoned church leaders...

5 Ways to Develop Better Interns

July 29, 2010 8:00 AM

I’ve recently thought about the use of interns, which happens frequently today in many churches. I know why: it’s a win-win. The intern gets experience, churches get more hands and (let’s face it) cheap labor, and everybody benefits. That...

6 Questions to Ask in a Coaching Relationship

June 7, 2010 8:00 AM

At Community Christian Church, we value a culture that commissions each man, woman, and child for an outreach effort that they feel God has called them to fulfill. Part of that culture involves what I call “leading with a yes,”...

Stetzer: Churches Struggle with Fostering Young Leaders

February 11, 2010 8:30 AM

Recently, LifeWay Research surveyed pastors about the church's leadership development and mission. We asked them to rate their agreement in the following three areas: 1) Investing in leaders through the church The survey asked pastors to respond to this statement:...

Top 10 Leadership Books from 2009

January 27, 2010 2:00 AM

Pastors and church leaders are bombarded by the myriad books published every year and don't have the time and resources required to sift through, purchase, and read all that are of interest. For this reason, Leadership journal (a sister...

Fast Ideas for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

October 27, 2009 1:11 PM

I'm live at the Cultivate Conference '09 in Chicago today (see my other updates on Twitter: @MattBranaugh). This gathering of a couple of hundred church leaders primarily focuses on communication inside and outside of church walls, but one of the...

4 Reasons NOT to Cut Conferences

August 28, 2009 12:00 PM

During tough economic times, many churches are looking at cutting all travel for training and events, but that may not be the wisest decision. Here’s why: Care. The church is about people caring for people, so your most important...