The Church Network Weekly Update
Apr. 3, 2015

Scaling the PEAKS of competence
By Dr. David Hillson
How can you know if you are competent to perform in your role? Many professional organizations produce competence frameworks that attempt to answer this question. Unfortunately, most of these frameworks are limited to assessing what you know or what you can do. But knowledge and skills are only two of the elements that are required for a person to be competent in a role. To provide a more complete description of competence, try using the PEAKS framework. This defines the factors that separate truly effective individuals from the rest.More

Upcoming TeleWeb: Using teams to mobilize members
The Church Network
Having trouble getting members to serve on committees? Welcome to the 21st Century church. Large numbers of people are unwilling to serve on a committee that meets on a set day of the month whether it needs to meet or not. They are tired of taking and reading minutes. They simply don’t have the time to go through such exercises. However, they are committed to serving the world in God’s name. How? They prefer to work on teams.

Join John Wimberly in this webinar on April 7 at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT, who will talk about the concepts he lays out in his recently published book on teams. He will discuss why teams are more effective at mobilizing members; how teams are set up and managed; and some of the problems teams can encounter. At the end of the webinar, participants will have very practical knowledge of how to use teams to do ministry.More

What has been the most influential experience you've had?
The Church Network
"This has been probably the single most influential thing that I've been a part of," said Phill Christiansen, Executive Pastor for Canvas Church in Kalispell, Montana, after attending his first national conference of The Church Network last summer. "The people that I've met, the stuff I got to do and be exposed to, has just been incredibly informative in being who I am and where I'm going to go from here." Come and be a part of the influential experience that is The Church Network’s National Conference, July 13-16, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee. Don’t Go It Alone! Register today! More

How to start measuring youth ministry growth
Church Leaders
Why is it important to measure your youth ministry? It helps you grow and design your ministry. When you measure, you become aware of what impacts productivity, understand what engages your audience, learn how to clearly communicate your message and vision, and gather data to help you make big decisions. But, attendance isn't the only thing you shouldn't be measuring. In fact, you should measure everything you do.More

Tracking receipts: Why 1 church has only 1 credit card
Church Law & Tax
Church business administrators are sometimes given the responsibility of asking pastors or other church staff for receipts from purchases for the church that they made on church credit cards. Some have found that using phone apps has helped, but what have you found to be the most helpful?More

Don't waste your spike: Easter attendance, effective follow up, and your church
The Exchange
Almost every church in the world will see an attendance spike this week. In the this-is-really-obvious-research-finding, we found that Easter was the highest attended day of the church year. If you work in ministry, you already know this and did not need LifeWay Research to tell you. You've been planning for it. But are you planning for next week, too?More

How to attract the best employees (and keep them)
Inc.
Mid-size businesses might not be able to offer the same compensation as their larger rivals, but that doesn't mean they can't attract top talent. When trying to convince a prospective employee to join one middle market company over another, two of the most important factors are the "employer brand" and the "employee value proposition," according to a recent report from the National Center for the Middle Market, a partnership between GE Capital and The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.More

New Jersey megachurch to hide 100,000 Easter eggs in state's largest ever Easter egg hunt
The Christian Post
One of New Jersey's fastest growing Christian churches will be hosting the state's largest Easter egg hunt ever by hiding more than 100,000 eggs in its campuses in four counties for children and families on Easter Weekend. Liquid Church, which has four congregations in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, has 14 different Jersey Egg Hunt experiences planned in those locations for April 4 and 5, the church said in a statement.More

Internet business offers clergy services
Richmond Times-Dispatch
The seed of the Rev. Jay McNeal's business came, he said, when he was trying to qualify for a Navy chaplaincy position. His work at the time was in radio and television broadcast ministry, which left him short of Navy requirements for conducting weddings or funerals, administering communion, preaching sermons and other typical pastor functions. So he worked up a website offering those services to anyone who asked — thinking there would be at least a few who didn't have a church or a relationship with a pastor. That was the beginning of Clergy for Hire, a fledgling service McNeal is offering.More

Bono shares his faith in prayer, miracles and Jesus
Christian Headlines
World renowned rock star Bono open up about his faith in a recent interview with RTE One. The famous singer stated his belief in Jesus and miracles, and said that he regularly prays with his family. Interviewer Gay Byrne asked Bono who Jesus is to him and the singer answered that he believes Jesus is divine and rose from the dead.More

Theologians study Seattle for future of 'church'
KING5-TV
The Pacific Northwest is often called the "None Zone" because of the number of people who claim no religious affiliation. Yet, theologians and sociologists are paying close attention to churches in Seattle. "I'm studying Seattle to get a sense of postcards from the future – how to be church," Christopher James said.More

Atlanta's Episcopal clergy renew their vows ... in a synagogue
WABE
It's "Holy Week," the week leading up to Easter. And, every year at this time, Episcopal bishops, priests and deacons renew their ordination vows. The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta followed that tradition this morning with a ceremony. But one part of the event was very untraditional: Instead of a church, the priests gathered in The Temple – Atlanta’s oldest synagogue. More

4 effective ways to combat laissez-faire leadership
By Betty Boyd
According to Cornell University professor Samuel Bacharach, "Good leaders create an atmosphere of security, trust and expertise to facilitate the creative process and ensure it doesn't go off course." Leadership is a great responsibility, and one that should not be taken lightly. However, there are people within organizations who are leaders in title only. Here are four ways an organization can combat this type of "leadership."More

What great managers do to engage employees
Harvard Business Review
Less than one-third of Americans are engaged in their jobs in any given year. This finding has remained consistent since 2000, when Gallup first began measuring and reporting on U.S. workplace engagement. Gallup defines engaged employees as those who are involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. But the majority of employees are indifferent, sleepwalking through their workday without regard for their performance or their organization's performance. As a result, vital economic influencers such as growth and innovation are at risk.More

How to destroy your pastor
Christianity Today
What threatens pastors most is not the attack that comes from outside the church, but the criticisms of cliques from within. A Huffington Post article stated that a full 28 percent of pastors have been pushed out of their churches by attacks that originated from a relatively small group of people. This number does not include those who seriously considered leaving but ultimately decided to stay. Nearly half of those pastors who had left then seriously considered abandoning ministry altogether.More