One Too Many Casseroles

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Frequently when a family member or close loved one passes away, there is support coming from many directions. Flowers being sent with nice cards, text messages received, and phone calls had with other family members. I've often heard, "We don't need anymore food. We have one too many casseroles as it is now." After attending many funerals and delivering many meals, here is what I've found: ... Continue Reading

Developing Transformational Generosity

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There are some things in life that are inevitable, and I don’t mean death and taxes. Like, if you drop a piece of buttered bread, it always lands face-side down, or if you bring a guest to church it’s always the week the sermon is about giving. Okay, okay — so these aren’t true inevitabilities. But the fact that those statements could be made side by side goes to show that talking about giving in church often makes people uncomfortable. ... Continue Reading

Why Growth Might Not Be the Right Goal

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One common measure of a church’s success that almost every pastor points to is whether or not they are growing. It’s understandable. The Bible is really clear that we are to go and make disciples of all nations. So it stands to reason that if our church isn’t growing numerically, we must not be doing a great job in fulfilling the great commission. But too often, by focusing on numerical growth, we miss a key word in the call: disciples. By focusing on reaching the people who are not currently a ... Continue Reading

Church Management Systems: ChMS 101 [Podcast]

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Ever since Steve Caton was on the ChurchMag Podcast, we've wanted to have him on again to talk about the basics of Church Management Systems (ChMS). This interview/discussion goes over the basics of ChMS'. It's an introduction. A class '101' on what they are, what they are not, and how helpful they are for churches and church leadership. If you are not using a ChMS, this is a must listen. If you are already using one, Steve talks about some fundamentals of ChMS' that you may find ... Continue Reading

Leadership Lessons from Ms. MacNair’s Sunday School

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Do you remember Sunday School? Graham crackers and goldfish, flannel boards and puppet shows, Bible songs and Christmas plays — most of us who grew up in the church (or are raising our own children in it) have some nostalgic memories of childhood Sunday mornings. You probably remember some of the lessons, too. You were learning good Biblical principles and life lessons in those classes. What you might not have realized is that you were also learning vital leadership principles. Even the simplest ... Continue Reading

KidCheck’s New Mobile Child Check-In App

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Having a secure children's check-in system is an essential element in providing a safe place for kids and peace of mind for parents. But yet many child check-in systems can be overwhelming and difficult to use, making it hard for both parents and organizations using these systems. That's why systems like KidCheck is such a solid solution, offering both ease and ease of mind with a system that doesn't compromise safety and security. In fact, KidCheck is bringing secure children check-in systems ... Continue Reading

ChurchMag Spotlight: Steve Caton [Video]

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Church Community Builder is an online church management app that helps church leaders do what they do best: Lead. But who's really behind Church Community Builder? What's the face behind the logo and the heart beyond the code? I had the chance to talk to Steve Caton from Church Community Builder to find that out... ... Continue Reading

The Ultimate Social Media Outreach Tool

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I am really excited to introduce you to Faith Social! Faith Social is not only the ultimate social media outreach tool, but it is revolutionary. I've never seen something like this before. As much as we all talk about ‘social media teams’ and ‘social media directors,’ this is the kind of tool that puts the power of church social media into the hands of those that have more influence than any well crafted message sent out by your church. It puts church social media messaging into the hands of ... Continue Reading