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Refinancing — decoding the process


Amortization. Balloon payment. Adjustable rate. Do these terms have you feeling like Dorothy in Oz? (“Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!”)


Meet Dr. Mark Harden, new president of Ashland Theological Seminary


In 1985, Dr. Mark Harden was beginning a career in law enforcement, serving the Detroit metro area. Uniquely, he brought a commitment to ministry to this public servant role, as well. The two callings unquestionably strengthened the outreach and community service offerings Dr. Harden was able to create and offer in his law enforcement role. They also helped to lay the foundation for his informed, diverse and proven approach to seminary leadership.


Rethinking the church capital campaign


The capital campaign has always been a powerful way for church leaders to focus attention and resources toward reaching a God-inspired vision for your ministry. And while the timeless principles will never change, the best approach to funding your vision has always — and will always — evolve as the landscape of ministry evolves.

In fact, we’re living through one of those evolutions right now.


Acoustics, A-frames & other audio challenges

Jeremy Rusnock Photography

Since 1968, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Rockville, Md. — a suburb of Washington, D.C. — has faithfully served its community.

Until last year, its original sound system had been ‘serving’ just as long.


A roadmap for successfully funding your new building

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Developing a plan for physical plant expansion for a growing ministry is complex and lengthy. Assessing current and future space needs, and conceptualizing a design that functions well with your ministry’s personality and your development site’s physical characteristics, the process must synchronize with financial capacity.


Miking instruments


If you ask Vincent Gabriel Antonini, CTS, National Sales Support / Business Development Manager for DPA Microphones in USA, instrument microphones should receive the same level of consideration and care as the pastor’s microphone. “Some people respond better to music, and some to the spoken word,” he says. “Both options tell the story; they’re both interpreting the Word.


How notification tech enables better ministry — & management

With the help of notification technology, Faith Reformed Church was able to host the only Halloween event in their storm-ravaged
community, post Hurricane Sandy.

Instant Connections Faith Reformed Church (Midland Park, NJ) For Scott Nichols, pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Midland Park, NJ, notification technology — a tool that can mass-distribute voice calls, emails and text messages — can really be a godsend from week to week. As he explains, the church uses this technology to send prayer […]


Stewardship includes planning and building for the long-term

Whenever building a new facility, church leaders and church building committee members share a common concern regarding stewardship: balancing building needs with adequate funding.

The solution to this dilemma usually comes down to a short-term decision based on the “lowest bid.” This option offers a strong argument when justifying most building decisions — but, as many worship facilities have found out, it might not be the smartest long-term answer.


Preventing cyberattacks


How much do you know about cybersecurity and cyberliability? Is it enough to keep your church safe from massive data or financial loss?


Metrics that drive sustainability: what gets measured — and managed

Over the past 30 years, I’ve sat in business meetings with pastors and board members and watched them cringe (literally) when required to review yet another financial report from the business office. Their eyes glaze over, and they begin doodling and drawing pictures on the financial statements.