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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Making the Most of a Quiet Week in the Church Office

By Peter Frank | Dec 26, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of the year: the week between Christmas and New Year’s. At Concordia Publishing House, this is a short work-week bookended by two holidays and an extra day off. That means someone can take three days of PTO and turn that into ten days off in a row. What a deal!

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Maximize Your Office Space to Increase Productivity

By Peter Frank | Nov 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Achieving productivity in the church office may seem to be as elusive for you as a World Series victory is for the Chicago Cubs. But just as they showed everyone last night, it is actually possible.

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How Inspiration Boards Can Fuel Your Creativity

By Katy Munson | May 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In 2015, for the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A offered free coffee to introduce customers to their new brew made from specialty beans. This generous promotion caught my attention and I found my way to their restaurant several times in those 28 days.

So, what does this have to do with inspiration boards? 

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How to Swap Sticky Notes for Online To-Do Lists

By Hannah Osborne | Feb 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

If I don’t write down that I have to do something, I will immediately forget it. No joke. Whether it’s homework assignments, work duties, or personal chores, if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done.

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How to Manage Church Office Tasks without a Pastor

By Hannah Osborne | Oct 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

When your church is without a pastor, it can feel like you're on a boat without a captain—sailing aimlessly and without direction.

The church office might be the place where the pastor is missed the most. Questions about bills, membership, and bulletins have no answer, forcing staff like the church secretary or office administrator to take on even more responsibility than usual. So how can your church office survive without a pastor—whether it’s for a month or a year?

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Why You Should Stop Checking Your Work Email at Home

By Hannah Osborne | Oct 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you frequently check your work email at home, the title of this post probably already turns you off.

But I need to keep up with emails so I don't drown in them during the day. It’s not that big of a deal—it takes only a minute to open my mail app, delete some junk, and reply to a few urgent messages.

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6 Tips to Minimize Time-Consuming Tasks

By Peter Frank | Oct 5, 2015 11:00:00 AM

In college, I always tried to prioritize. I’d start by writing that excruciatingly long paper, then tackle the short, multiple choice quiz. Though I knew the paper would take a long time and the quiz wouldn’t happen until 3:00 a.m. when my brain power hit an all-time low, at least it was easier than writing! My plan got me through.

In the church office, work such as creating bulletins and newsletters will always take a while to complete. But you can still have a plan! We’ve compiled a list of six ideas to help you minimize those time-consuming tasks.

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12 Ways to Optimize Your Time

By Amanda Lansche | Aug 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The phrase “optimize your time”  sounds impossible. I can’t imagine being able to do more work in the same amount of time without wanting to pull my hair out. I feel like I already accomplish quite a bit, but my to-do list keeps getting longer. Sometimes it feels like I’ll never catch up on all the work that needs to be done!

To help lessen this feeling, I’ve put together a list of the 12 best ways to optimize your time—which, as it turns out, is not an impossible task.

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3 Meetings You Should Be Having at Your Church

By Peter Frank | Aug 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Meetings have a bad reputation, especially in churches. They are stereotypically long, boring, and unfocused. They seem to revolve around the details of running a church, like finances and schedules, rather than how the church is sharing the Gospel.

What I have found in my experience in the church, as well as in a corporate environment, is that people really don't dislike meetings; they just don't like unproductive meetings.

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