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IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering »

  By Kimberly Winston RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) —The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, WI, where the initial lawsuit was filed…

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Tweet it, post it, share it: What’s your church story? »

RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS) / COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Organizers of the international Back to Church Sunday® movement want to know: What’s your church story? How was your life blessed by your experiences at a church? For millions of people, church is where they learn about God. They have stories…

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Faith communities are dumping their fossil fuel investments »

By Lauren Markoe RELIGION NEWS SERVICE (RNS)— Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Activists support fossil fuel divestment in front of…

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So your church members are wired. How do you organize all the social networking? »

Once social media becomes part of a church ministry, it can be overwhelming to manage.…

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Move over, smiley face: New religious emojis on the way »

(RNS) — In addition to smiley faces, high heels and frogs, Unicode is rolling out a new batch of 250 emojis,among them a set of religious icons. Unicode is the character coding system that gives a unique number for every character, allowing different companies to have access and the support…

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Why your church needs more (often) announcements in worship »

Most of us have entered the twilight zone of worship announcements at some point. A person approaches the pulpit with the same gait as one walking the plank. A piece of paper unfolds, multiple times. The throat clears … loudly. What follows is usually awkward, many times painful, and sometimes…

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: See something — say something? »

We’ve all heard of the “See Something, Say SomethingTM” campaign. But, how does this concept apply in a house of worship?…

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NACBA 2014 Conference »

An excellent lending / finance roundtable this morning at NACBA 2014!                         NACBA 2014 opening night reception! Excited to be a part of it.…

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Church Executive to debut new series — “Never Again” — in July / Aug 2014 issue »

PHOENIX —The July/Aug 2014 issue of Church Executive — mailing out July 23 — will debut “Never Again,” an insightful, practical new series brought to you by the experts at The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. — a recognized leader in risk management. In the first installment, President &…

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Can churches grow in the summer? »

Of course they can. In fact, churches should grow in the summer. However, they rarely do for one simple reason: Their leaders let down too much. Some churches I know do away with children’s ministry for the summer to give their teachers a rest. Others quit small groups or put…

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Chris Gunnare: five-star leadership

From hotel management to church leadership, 41-year-old Chris Gunnare proves that when it comes to running a successful operation, never underestimate the power of customer care. …

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Retirement planning and its impact on your church’s future

By Rez Gopez-Sindac Recently, I went to a home improvement retail store and was greeted warmly by an employee who, in my estimation, couldn’t have been younger than 70. I told him I came to buy a water dispenser. He said he knew exactly where to find it and motioned…

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Auto exposure

A “black swan” for nonprofits…

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Where the rubber meets the road

By Patrick M. Moreland Rented or borrowed vehicles, or asking someone to drive on your church’s behalf, carries hefty liabilities. If that vehicle is involved in a serious “at-fault” accident, your church will likely be named in a lawsuit, along with the vehicle’s owner and driver. Examples of hired and…

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Pastor Friendly A/V Faith Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, FL, recently expanded its sanctuary and updated its audio system. The church also expanded its stage lighting and added projection. 

(Photo courtesy of Custom Sound Designs)


How one church (successfully) updated its technology and improved the worship experience.…

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Originally designed as acoustical wall panels for custom field painting, Tone Tiles™ are now 
available in larger sizes that mimic drywall but absorb sound rather than reflecting echoes back into a room. 

(Photo courtesy of 
Acoustics First 

Need an acoustical intervention?

By Nick Colleran and Jim DeGrandis The No. 1 cause of poor sound in a large space is inappropriate reverb time, or RT60 — the time it takes for sound to fully decay, 60 decibels down, from its initial impact. While a large, open hall might enhance a traditional choir…

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MISSIONS & TRAVEL group-travel

WEB-EXCLUSIVE: 5 questions to consider before your next church trip

By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM Taking a mission trip, or traveling to a convention, concert or speaking event are great ways to extend the reach of your ministry. However, once you begin transporting members off the property on behalf of the church, there are special circumstances to consider. Make sure…

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Have phone, will travel

Fresh ideas for a tried-and-true connection tool …

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Destination: Israel

For many church  leaders, the idea of a group trip to Israel is compelling. However, the logistics of planning such an excursion can strike fear in the heart of even the most adventurous pastor. To quell the hesitation, Noam Matas — general manager of the Calabasas, CA-based America Israel Travel…

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