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How ChMS Helps You Serve and Lead Your Volunteers Well

Volunteers are the lifeblood of your church – their devotion and efforts are constantly leading your congregation into new areas of growth, and without a well-functioning volunteer team it is just a matter of time before your church runs into problems. 

For the sake of your church’s health it is vital that you manage your volunteer team diligently and efficiently, and thanks to Church Management Software (ChMS) this no longer has to be burdensome.

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6 Keys to Creating a Clear Church Volunteer Vision

 

Volunteers without vision are like those who try to navigate their way through darkness blindly – futile. For your church to run successfully you need volunteers and for them to do their jobs effectively they need vision.

It is crucial that your volunteers understand the purpose behind their roles and what the church hopes to accomplish. Let's look at 6 keys to help you create a clear volunteer vision for your church.

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How ChMS Helps You Identify, Track & Communicate to Inactive Church Members

“Look at it this way. If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders off, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine and go after the one? And if he finds it, doesn’t he make far more over it than over the ninety-nine who stay put? Your Father in heaven feels the same way. He doesn’t want to lose even one of these simple believers.” - Matthew 18:12

If this is the heart of the Father Himself then how much more should we not make it our mission to look after church members who we may not have seen recently at church? At times it may mean "going after" the inactive church member to check in and see how they are really doing.

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3 Ways to Help Measure the Health of Your Church

 

“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit.” – Luke 6:43-44.

These were the words of Jesus which still ring true to this day. A good tree will carry healthy fruit that will be nourishing to the body while a bad tree will show signs of disease and its fruits will most likely not be edible. 

In a similar way when you’re sick your body experiences signs and symptoms which indicate that you might have a medical problem. Signs are physical evidence that your body is fighting off a disease whereas symptoms are internal and can only be perceived by the patient. So how do doctors find the cause? They wait for the lab results, study the medical metrics and try to deduce what might be the source of the disease or infection.

Church health can be gauged the same way. 

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7 Things to Ask When Engaging First-Time Guests

How many first-time guests have slipped through the cracks at your church without anyone really taking notice? The irony is that often times the very people we desire to reach are those we neglect to serve most, and the results are a church that remains stagnant and many wandering souls that are cut off from the body of Christ. Something’s gotta give, and it starts with us. 

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Pastoral Care Made Easy With ChMS

“Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He bought with His own blood.” – Acts 20:28

As a shepherd you have been entrusted to take care of God’s people – to tend, feed and guide them. But many times you’re so busy taking care of the flock that you neglect to take care of yourself. This can lead to burnout, and inevitably some people WILL fall through the cracks. 

So how can you take care of yourself AND ensure that not one sheep gets left behind?

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How to Write a Clear-Cut Vision, Mission & Values Statement for Your Church

Churches who understand the importance of creating a Mission, Vision and Values Statement understand that it provides direction and a target for the church. It is a tool to help the organization fulfil what God has called it to do.  Here are some helpful tips when it comes to creating your own Church Mission, Vision and Values Statement. 

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Why do Churches Fail in the First Four Years?

A staggering 32% of churches fail within the first four years. So what do the congregations that succeed do differently and can you keep your church from falling into the same category?

In this blog we’ll take a look at the most prominent reasons why a church fails. Based on a survey where 1103 churches from 23 different denominations were tracked over a period of 12 years, the results were based on the following questions:

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Why Background Checks on Volunteers Are a Must for Church Safety

A difficult subject to talk about, but not one to be ignored.

The same way you wouldn’t let a stranger into your house to take care of your kids without running a background check, you shouldn’t allow an entire group of strangers to come and volunteer at your church without looking into their past.

It’s your responsibility as a leader to protect your flock against wolves in sheep’s clothing, and the best way to do that is by properly screening church volunteers.

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6 Surefire Steps to Serve Your Church Visitors Well

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There is a church you’ve wanted to visit for a long time, and now you’ve finally attended a service for the first time. But how much courage did you have to muster up to meet a bunch of strangers and make awkward small talk? Was it a safe space where you felt welcome or did it feel like your every move was being scrutinized?

Fact is, first impressions carry much more weight than we care to admit.