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Do Church Boards Have to Use Robert’s Rules of Order?

by Patrick Bradley: A church planter challenged me recently on whether church boards have to use Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct meetings. I started digging around and opened a whole can of worms. His question came from a common place: I haven’t met a church planter yet that likes […]

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5 Essentials Every Church Constitution Needs To Thrive In The Future

Today’s post comes from Jeff Brodie. Jeff is the Lead Pastor at Connexus Church, where I’m Founding Pastor. Jeff’s my successor as Lead Pastor.  He’s doing a phenomenal job leading our church community, and he’s also a loving husband, father and friend. This post is originally appeared on Jeff’s blog (where it’s […]

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How to Review a Worship Facility Lease (with FREE Worship Facility Lease Checklist)

by Patrick Bradley: If you’re on the hunt to rent meeting space for your church, you need to know how to review a worship facility lease. Here’s how: Lease contracts come in all shapes and sizes. Don’t just hope that they’ve included all the important details. Likewise, don’t just hope that […]

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The Distinctions of Networked, Family, and Multisite Churches

By Drew Hyun: One of the common questions I’m asked is how we’re structured as a family of churches, so I thought it’d be helpful to clarify the differences between a networked church, a family of churches, and a multisite church in terms of structure. Ultimately, the structure all relates to […]

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Beware of a Fake Annual Report Notice in Your Mail

by Patrick Bradley: The tricksters are back at it, mailing out a fake annual report notice to unsuspecting churches. Here’s what they’re up to, how to spot it, and what to do. Depending on your state (see my growing reference list), your church corporation has to file some kind of […]

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Episode 270: Dynamics of Starting a Fourth Site

by NewChurches.com: When starting your fourth campus, your strategy may change, but your vision and values should stay the same. In Episode 270 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss things to consider when planting your fourth site. Here’s Howard with today’s question: We are a three-site church and are […]

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Use this Free Mobile Expense Report App to Save Time

by Patrick Bradley: Filing expense reports used to be a painful, manual process. Thanks to free mobile expense report app options, it’s now a lot faster and easier. Ever lost a receipt before turning it in for reimbursement? Worse, ever had to tape original receipts three to a page on […]

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Best Practices in Elder Selection & Development Process with Phil Taylor – unSeminary

by Rich Birch: Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Pastor Phil Taylor with us this week. He is the executive pastor at Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, Florida. Phil is with us today to talk about the elder development process at Mosaic and […]

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5 Ways Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle Cultivated Meaningful Membership

by Geoff Chang: In 1854, when Charles Spurgeon began pastoring the New Park Street Chapel, he had a handful of deacons and a membership of 313 (though the actual attendance was much smaller). In just twelve weeks, they outgrew their space and made plans to enlarge their building. But almost […]

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Churches Can Reimburse Health Insurance Premiums Again – But is It Worth It?

by Patrick Bradley: Some churches used to reimburse health insurance premiums as a benefit to their employees. The passage of the Affordable Care Act initially made that illegal – they wanted all employers to offer group health insurance to their employees. But now the 21st Century Cures Act has made […]