7 tips: how to inspire the joy of giving this season

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With more than one-third of all charitable giving happening at the end of the year, this is an important time for churches and ministries to double-check their stewardship practices.

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Aligning budget with vision

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In 2002, Christina Borja accepted an office manager job at National Community Church (NCC) thinking she’d keep at it for six months to a year. But the position developed and soon she was helping lead pastor Mark Batterson with the books. Under her financial leadership, NCC’s annual budget has grown from $200,000 in 2004 to $7.3 million this year.

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Retirement plan investment choices — less really “is” more

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In today’s increasingly tech-savvy environment — in which so many people own smartphones and tablets and maintain a social media presence — there is a tendency to think that a smorgasbord of choices is desirable. This is not the case when it comes to the fund choices your church offers its employees in their 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans.

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Church Executive Roundtable: Church Management Systems & Software (Part 2)

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This summer — at the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) annual conference — Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on a timely topic: church management systems and software. Several high-level ChMS executives joined together to share their expertise.

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A real-life profile in generosity

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How one church increased its online giving from 6% to 14%

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Church Executive Roundtable: Church Lending & Finance (Part 2)

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This summer — at the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) annual conference — Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on two top-of-mind topics for church leaders: lending and finance.

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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Church construction — where do I begin?

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To approve a loan, the bank wants to know the project’s cost. But, to get the cost from a builder, you need a design. And to get a design, you need an architect. And to pay an architect, you need money from the bank!
So, who do you call first? And does it matter which builder, architect or bank you call?

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Church Growth Essentials: How Generosity Fuels the Big Picture

Our first of three articles in this series — in the September / October 2014 issue of Church Executive — explains how heart transformation sets the tone for church growth. In this issue, we take a closer look at the role of generosity in church growth, viewed in the context of “Big Picture” thinking. To put this into perspective, we must first examine what motivates people to be generous.

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Creative & Proven Strategies: Preparation is a Game-Changer for Capital Campaign Success

What does true preparation look like leading up to the public-facing phase of a capital campaign? What does a financial roadmap look like? What’s something even churches who’ve done capital campaigns before DON’T know about preparation? How does church size affect the process? Capital campaign expert Paul Gage answers some key questions.

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Roundtable: Church lending & finance (part 1)

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On July 15, 2014 — at the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) annual conference — Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on two top-of-mind topics for church leaders: lending and finance.

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