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Why policies matter

December 2015
By: Tom Lothamer
Many ministries and organizations lack documented operational policies. Reasons vary -- from not taking the time to develop them, to not seeing their importance.  May I suggest that policies do matter? PCCs that do not have policies in place are open to accusation and in danger of serious fina...
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I Can't Ask My Friends for Money!

January 2013
By: Ron Haas
"The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money." Mark Twain in Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar Mark Twain captured the inner fear of almost every non-profit board member. "I know...
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Centerboard: Getting the Right People on Board

January 2013
By: Tom Lothamer
I've said it many times: selecting the right board members is crucial to any center's success. It's vital that the boards of Christian ministries consist of men and women who understand their ministry's mission and vision, as well as their individual and collective roles in it. Taking that to heart...
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Acres of Diamonds

October 2012
By: Ron Haas
In 1870, Russell H. Conwell hired an Arab guide to sail him down the Tigris River to Bagdad, Nineveh, and Babylon. His guide was a non-stop storyteller that drove Conwell crazy, so he just tuned him out. But then, one particular tale captured Conwell's attention... and changed his life.An ancient Pe...
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Centerboard: It's Officio! PCC Executives Are Welcome to Board Meetings!

October 2012
By: Tom Lothamer
Over the course of writing this board governance column, it's been my delight to hear from readers. Some share how they've been encouraged or challenged; a few have said they disagree with me on certain points, and that's okay! No matter what you say, I love to hear from you. My At the Center art...
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Wandering in a Fundraising DESERT

July 2012
By: Ron Haas
Fundraising is exhausting, especially when you ask and ask and come up empty. As much as you keep smiling in the face of adversity, rejection is hard to take. It's discouraging to scan your database and find a drought of major donors. Raising money becomes even more staggering when you feel like you...
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