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Mar 27

Board Members’ Responsibility

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From time to time I have been contacted for advice about how to intervene in issues with a nonprofit organization when concerns about finances or the organization’s leader have been called into question.
My perspective about responsibility of a board, church elder, council, or other organizational structure involves three critical tasks:
They hire and hold the leader accountable.
They oversee the general ministry plan.
They ensure financial integrity.

Dec 02

Wise Year-end Giving

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As you wrap up 2016 many businesses and individuals look to make ministry investments and donations. I want to suggest ways to ensure that your year-end giving will be effective and used by other organizations that will implement these principles and communicate them to potential donors.

Nov 28

Embrace the Lord’s Work

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Some years ago I found the following scripture that convicted me. "A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!”  (Jeremiah 48:10, NIV) I have spent some time studying this verse and working through its implications. I have come to the following conclusions:

1.  All Christians are called to minister.

Jul 27

Building A Story To Raise Funds

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The movie Amistad was the true story of a slave ship that was taken over by the slaves and ended up in Boston. The slaves were held as fugitives and the movie focus on several court cases going all the way to the Supreme Court. The slaves didn’t speak English, and were able to find one free former slave who spoke the African language. Former President John Quincy Adams became involved and explained the slaves needed to tell their “story. “ The story was told so well a judge, hand picked to rule against them, was compelled to free them.  You can read the account here:

Apr 22

Thoughts on a Pastoral Search Committee

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I received a phone call from “Mike,” a member of a church search committee seeking a new senior pastor. The question was “How do we know how to look for the right fit with a new senior pastor?”

Rather than just tossing out a tool, I asked a few questions: What is the mission/vision of the church? What does the church expect from a senior pastor in the areas of preaching, teaching, evangelism, or administration? What are the most important gifts? What is the underlying culture of the church?

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