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General

Where Have We Been?

that’s a great question, things have been so busy for us over the past few months that we have neglected the blog.

We still have several projects on the docket, but will be making a conscious effort to get the blog updated and attend to it.

Expect some good things from us very soon as we are forming some strategic partnerships to get more information regularly updated on our blog.

Thanks for the patience!
Josh

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Daily Thought General Leadership Priorities

Jumpstart 2012

It’s hard to believe, but 2011 is almost over.  As I say every year, it seems that 2011 just started a few months ago.  Time is definitely flying by.

Having a few days off for the Christmas Holiday was great. Not only did it allow me to slow down for a bit, but I also had some time to think and put together a game plan for preparing for the new year. I am taking this week to “Jumpstart 2012”. My week is going to be heavily scheduled on preparing myself for the new year.

[quote type=”center”]How are you preparing for 2012?[/quote]

For most of us, this week between Christmas and New Years is often slower, has less going on, and can be a great time to prepare our selves.

I sat down earlier in the month and started looking for goals I had set for 2011 and quickly realized I couldn’t find the document. I’m sure I have it down somewhere on my computer but this year I am trying something new.

I have made a list of personal and business goals for the new year. I used our company’s Google Apps account to prepare and save the document so it can be shared with others in our company. From that, I am going to develop a game plan for reaching those goals this year. That game plan is what I am going to use to FOCUS my daily efforts. Two of my goals revolve around attaining new clients. I am going to keep a running tally on my wall so that I can have a constant, daily reminder of that goal…

What are you doing to prepare yourself, your church or organization or your business for 2012?

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General

Rehoboth Baptist Association

The Mission of the Rehoboth Baptist Association is to strengthen the churches we serve and lead them to effectively evangelize and disciple the people in their region. We offer a variety of services to strengthen churches, equip leaders, and identify the needs of the church field.

go to site: http://rehobothbaptistassociation.org/

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Career Opportunities General

We’re Looking for Account Managers

Are you or do you know of a pastor that works bi-vocationally or that would be looking to supplement their income by sharing our concept with churches?

We are looking for driven individuals that will share our concept with other pastors and churches.

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Mission

We take care of business so you can focus on ministry.  Our mission is to be a partner in ministry with you and take care of the tasks that are often overlooked, under-staffed, under-qualified, etc. so you can present a professional image.

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General

Technology

Just the word can often be scary.  It doesn’t have to be.  Let our team show you how many simple solutions are available to help your church keep up with technology.  Most of your congregation is probably already there, so you might as well catch up.

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Communication

We live in a real time world, people expect information to be available when they are looking for it.  Let us show you how to increase communication and be a source rather than a repeat.

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Design

It is true, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  When someone visits your website, sees your logo or gets a brochure from you, does it present a professional image?  Let us help you present a professional image for your church.

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Church Management Church Money Saving Ideas Communication General

Church Money Saving Ideas – eNewsletters

I am adding a category to our blog for Church Money Saving Ideas.  We have visited and worked with several churches and want to use this as a platform to provide resources and inspiration to find ways for your church to minister effectively, while being good stewards of the resources available.

Our first idea is to convert your newsletter into an email newsletter.  There are several tools out there that provide very simple solutions to putting out an online newsletter, and many of them are free depending on the size of your organization.  We have been using MailChimp for our e-newsletter solutions.  I found the application to be very easy to use and the reporting features provide great feedback on the success and readership of what you send.

Why should you use an e-newsletter?

The cost savings can be big. Let’s say you send out 100 newsletters.  Even at basic bulk rate let’s estimate the cost at $0.25 per copy.  We’re up to $25.00.  Now let’s refactor in the cost of paper, printing… oh yea, and the person putting the newsletter together.  All figured your getting close to $100.00 per newsletter that goes out.

You’re not adding to “the Clutter”. Let’s face it, we all get gobs of mail everyday.  Most of it ends up in the trash with few exceptions making it to the kitchen counter.  I would hope that most of us would glance through the church’s newsletter to see what’s going on.  However, for many of us, it adds to the pile of clutter on the kitchen counter until the wife finally gets fed up and tells you to clean it up….(oops, did I reveal too much there?)

You can see what people are actually interested in.  Most of the online tools to send e-newsletters provide great reporting functionality to show who opened the email, what links they clicked and more.  This info can be used to better tailor future issues to meet what the congregation is looking for.

Customized timing and design. We already talked about a cost savings, however, what about adding to your church communication?  With a list of e-news recepients, you now have a target audience of people that want to stay in the loop about your church.  Not only can you send a monthly newsletter, but now reminder emails and such can be sent out with virtually zero cost.  You can also use the tracking to get an idea if people are reading these.  Just remember, people gave you permission to market to them, don’t abuse it!

Hopefully I’ve convinced you, or at least got you thinking about using an e-newsletter to save money reaching your church.  We’ve been using this concept for a few years and found it to be a great way to stay in touch with our clients.  If you want an example of how we communicate, check out our site and use the signup form in the sidebar.

What steps are you going to take today to start saving money for your church?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.thechurchbusinessguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/joshhenry.png[/author_image] [author_info]Josh Henry is the founder and Managing Partner of Axess Network LLC. Josh saw a need to assist churches with their operations and administration and put together a wealth of solutions to help. He is passionate about helping churches develop and grow… in any way you define that. Josh is married to Keri and they have a daughter Kambell.[/author_info] [/author]

 

 

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Church Management Facility General

New regulations mean church nurseries must replace cribs

New regulations mean church nurseries must replace cribs
By Erin Roach
Apr 6, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–In order to comply with new safety regulations taking effect in June, churches need to replace their nursery cribs, which could already pose a danger to children and leave churches open to liability lawsuits.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission unanimously approved sweeping new safety rules, which outlaw drop-side cribs and require stronger hardware and supports. The commission said it is unlikely that existing cribs will meet the new standards.

Jim Swedenburg of the Alabama State Board of Missions served more than 10 years as a state missionary for church administration and said churches that have weekday ministries or daycares especially need to heed the new safety standards.

“If a parent had a child that was injured and the daycare was in that sense negligent in not having changed that bed, that’s going to put them at greater risk for any kind of liability judgment,” Swedenburg told Baptist Press. “In other words, nobody’s going to come around and inspect the cribs and force the church to comply, but if they don’t they’re still going to be taking a risk.”

For years, parents favored drop-side cribs because they could lower the rails on one side to more easily lift their children from the cribs.

Since 2000, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of 32 infants and toddlers and suspected in another 14 fatalities. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled, and Congress has pushed for stronger crib safety rules.

At issue is malfunctioning hardware, including cheaper plastics or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib. A dangerous “V”-like gap between the mattress and side rail can trap a baby, causing it to suffocate or strangle.