THE 5 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS EVERY CHURCH SHOULD HAVE

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WELCOME TO 2016!

Are you among the millions who make and inevitably abandon their New Year’s resolutions?

While we all wish we could do a better job keeping our personal resolutions, dynamic church leaders know they can’t afford to simply make a wishlist (what many resolutions amount to) and hope for the best.

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4 People You Haven’t Thought of as Super-Greeters [Free Downloads]

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Remember the greeters of yesteryear who welcomed even children to church services? The preacher might have delivered a kiss on the cheek, and it wasn’t uncommon for an elderly woman to offer a white-gloved hand and a piece of hard candy.

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Church Administrators…or “Keepers of the Names”?

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A few years ago, Joe Champion of Celebration Church in Austin encouraged those who were attending our user conference with a lofty calling: Keepers of the Names. We love that!

We usually call it administration. That’s what the Bible calls it, too–and it’s no small thing.The Apostle Paul reminds us that administration is a spiritual gift. Unfortunately, the church’s organizational and support staff are all too often the unsung heroes. These behind-the-scenes ministers provide humble foot-washing at its best, especially when you consider this definition of the word Paul used in 1 Corinthians 12:28:

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4 Tips for Sane and Strategic Church Event Planning

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From ancient festivals to Vacation Bible Schools, events have always been touchstones for thriving faith communities. Events bring people together for fun and fellowship. They celebrate values and attract newcomers. But they also can be a lot of work!

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Seeking the Best Church Management Software? 3 Things to Keep in Mind

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Of course, we think we offer the best church software—all the companies in this industry do. But that doesn’t mean there’s one super “best” solution that’s truly the best for every church. Ultimately, each church has to engage in some software-sleuthing to find the one that’s best for them.

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Mercury Flight: Better Communications = A Better Community

[Guest post by Sage Harrison, SMO at Mercury Flight, cloud-based software that allows churches to broadcast messages via phone, email or text.]

At Mercury Flight, we know the importance of finding engaging and successful ways to communicate with your community. With Mercury Flight, you can easily broadcast a message to your entire congregation, a specific group, or even just a single person, choosing from multiple formats. Our analytics show you which methods work best with which groups.

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3 Ways to Join the Easter Visitor Follow-up Conversation

Judging by the incredible response we had to our recent Easter Visitor Follow-up webinar, it’s clear that many churches are realizing the great opportunity—and responsibility—that goes along with the enormous wave of new faces Easter brings to churches.

More than 600 people took part in the conversation, looking for learnings they could incorporate now to do a better job of engaging their church’s visitors on Easter weekend. Why? In hopes of making real connections that change lives. We all know we have to do a better job of this.

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[Video] Fellowship One: Ministry Nuts and Bolts for New Life Church

Last week, Fellowship One representatives attended the New Life Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We had a great time and were proud to be prominently featured in the church’s popular session, Nuts and Bolts of Ministry.

New Life Church has been a longtime Fellowship One user. In this session, various New Life staff discussed the importance of creating a seamless experience from parking lot to pew, and how they go about creating healthy culture. They shared how Fellowship One Check-in and Reporting are critical to their processes in the areas of Life Safety, Hospitality, Pastoral Care, and Member/Guest Relations.

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