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About Church Health Development Ministries

Church Health Development (CHD) exists to do just as its name implies, offer assistance for the further development of the church as a healthy organization and the staff as healthy Christian servants and individuals.

Most of CHD's services are a part of their Church Consultation Ministries. Policy Development, Capital Fund Programming and Conflict Mediation/Reconciliation are examples of the consultation services provided. Literature and other resources are also available. Learn more

Ushers and Greeters

Greeters and ushers serve a truly important purpose in any church or place of worship. Often, their actions can become deciding factors for whether individuals and families will return to your services. Greeters and ushers should be welcoming to all attendees, but are used to help make services and special events less stressful, more accommodating, and more centered on the services. Read more on ushers and greeters in these articles by Olivia Johnson, DM.

Considerations When Selecting Greeters and Ushers

The Importance of Greeters and Ushers in Security Planning

Placement, Training, and Ricks for Greeters and Ushers


GuideStone is a diversified, Christian financial services provider, offering retirement, insurance, investment management, property and casualty coverage, as well as executive planning products and services to the Southern Baptist and wider evangelical Christian community. GuideStone sponsors the nation’s largest Christian-based, socially screened, registered mutual fund family, GuideStone Funds.

GuideStone is also on a “Mission” to provide “Dignity” to retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers or their widows. Mission:Dignity currently helps more than 2,000 people with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It has also ensured a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving.

Check out GuideStone Financial Services for information on retirement. Retirement information is also available http://www.guidestoneretirement.org/ and here for Spanish http://www.guidestone.org/espanol.aspx  Download the Preparing for Retirement workbook

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Sylvan Knobloch

Sylvan KnoblochDirector, Church Health Development
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3133

Debbie Muller

Debbie MullerMinistry Assistant
Church Strengthening Team
(217) 391-3126

2014 SBC Compensation Survey

Take this year’s quick five-minute survey to help your church, and others determine competitive compensation packages for ministers and support staff. Your participation will make this year's survey the most complete ever. All ministers and staff are invited to participate.  www.GuideStone.org/CompensationSurvey  Those who complete the survey will be entered to win an iPad, and can access an online Compensation Planning Guide and view results from the 2012 survey. Once you complete the survey, you will also have free access to the results when they are made available this summer. Read more

Is your church experiencing difficulty? Find out how we can help

Many churches today are experiencing difficulty. Maybe your church is one of those. If you have been working on areas to address the lack of growth but not finding a solution, would you consider becoming a part of a pilot project? Sylvan Knobloch, IBSA director of Church Health Ministries is seeking ten churches to participate in a project to determine a successful intervention strategy for declining churches. The process is intended to be customized by the church to meet their specific goals. Read more

Church Openings and Resumes

Submit a church ministry position opening, search for ministry position openings, submit a resume, download the “Step by Step Pastor/Staff Search Manual,” get the 2012 SBC Compensation Survey results and more on our Church Staff Connection page.

Are You a Revitalizer?

By Sylvan Knobloch, Director, IBSA Church Health Ministries
God clearly called you into the ministry. Your prayer is that God would use your life to make a difference. Your dream is to revitalize the church; however, bringing change to an existing church is a difficult struggle. At times you may feel alone in this battle asking, “Where can I find help?” If this describes you, then you are a “Revitalizer.” Read more

The Church Renewal Journey experience

Lay Renewal Weekends offer churches a way seek to grow in Christ and reach others for Him. The weekends provide an opportunity for churches to re-awaken to their purpose and passion, and are the first step in the five-part Church Renewal Journey.

The weekends, which are led by trained lay renewal volunteers, begin on Friday with small group times for church members. Saturday sessions include both small and large group sessions.

The wrap-up session on Sunday is the morning worship service with songs and testimonies only. On Sunday night, the church holds an evaluation session to reflect on the weekend and begin steps to turn ideas and plans into action.

For information, contact IBSA Church Renewal Coordinator Mark Shipley at (309) 361-3566, e-mail shipleymark@comcast.net or visit www.churchrenewaljourney.net.

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