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Church Business Meeting Minutes are Important

by Ed Clavell Adapted from Frank and Elaine Sommerville http://www.churchlawandtax.com/cltr/2013/september-october/mastering-minutes-for-church-business-meetings.html?start=1 Meeting minutes preserve actions taken during a church meeting for future reference. However, in many churches, the duty to record the minutes becomes the responsibility of an individual with little … Continue reading

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Ministry Balance at Christmas

– by Pastor Steve Engram, When I served as a Youth Pastor I used to love the time between Thanksgiving and the first of the year as it was my slowest month of the year.  The teens all were extra … Continue reading

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Solving Problems, Missing Opportunities

 Dr. Bert Downs,  SWCC Regional Coach Yesterday, I ran across a timely Peter Drucker (famous business guru) quote, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” Reminded me of an experience a few years back. The leaders of a … Continue reading

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Sometimes Magic Happens!

Prescott Pines Camp – At camp we often have more than one group of guests here at the same time. Usually the groups are scheduled opposite from each other and use different areas of camp. But the one place they … Continue reading

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Are Pastors Employees or Independent Contractors?

by Dr. Ed Clavell, SWCC Regional Facilitator – A fundamental question arises when a church hires, retains or selects a new Pastor or new person to perform a job for the church; is the person an employee or independent contractor? … Continue reading

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Systems: 8 Characteristics of Healthy Church Systems

by Dr. Ed Clavell, SWCC Regional Facilitator,  I have been called the “Systems Person” on more than one occasion. Usually, when I am called a “Systems Guy”; what we have is two word description of the thought process which takes … Continue reading

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Prescott Pines, Helping the Local Church

Rev. Jim Trail, Prescott Pines Camp Director If you asked a Prescott Pines Camp staff member what our mission is, they would say that we are here to be an asset to the local church. We joke about how few … Continue reading

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Barn Raising In the Southwest

by Steve Doerksen – Consultant for Connection Groups & Church Planting sdoerksen@swchurchconnection.org As churches we all want to achieve our Christ-given mission to make disciples. When we focus on the front end of this mission, bringing people to Christ, we … Continue reading

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When Churches Merge

Joining forces may make sense—but consider the legal, financial angles first. by Jim Tomberlin and Warren Bird Each year, thousands of U.S. churches—plus tens of thousands of others elsewhere around the globe—are sensing that they could fulfill their God-given mission … Continue reading

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