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Protect the most precious members of your congregation

Jim Wideman has been involved with children’s ministries for more than 30 years. Wideman has also been at one time or another in charge of large events, ministry consulting and leadership training for several churches.


Mission and purpose inform church design trends

As church leaders begin to consider the design features that they wish to include in a new building, campus or renovation project, they usually explore options with an architectural design team.


Make sure crime doesn’t pay at your church

You may think your church is adequately covered by your property insurance policy but do you have enough crime coverage?


Lead by example to elevate the discourse of stewardship

There is a perception that we use the word “stewardship” only to create an end-around to raise funds for the church. Unfortunately, perception can become reality.


Giving is at the heart of the Christian faith, and to the life we really want

Stephen B. McSwain has written a thoughtful book in The Giving Myths: Giving Then Getting the Life You’re Always Wanted (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2007) that comes out of his personal interests and professional work as a vice president of Cargill Associates Inc., a philanthropy and fundraising firm.


Churches experience the safety and efficiency of electronic transfer

It’s Monday morning and you or someone on your staff sits at a desk surrounded by checks — Sunday’s collection.


Extended vacation: 5 ways VBS advances church culture

Vacation Bible School (VBS) has come a long way from its humble flannelgraph beginnings. VBS programs have moved out of the church basement and into worship centers, bringing along slick dramas, robust music, multimedia clips and sophisticated crafts.


James A. Harnish, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, FL


Hyde Park United Methodist Church took its name from its neighborhood at the turn of the last century, in what is a middle to upper class neighborhood of Tampa, FL. Downtown Tampa is across the Hillsborough River but the church sits in the midst of what in the next 10 years will be 6,000 new residential units downtown.


St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ


A church’s sanctuary blends the needs of traditional liturgy with Spanish Mission aestheticism.