The do’s and don’ts of renting your church facility

From weddings and banquets, to meetings and basketball practice, chances are your church receives rental requests on a regular basis.

Opening your church’s doors to outside organizations is another way to extend your ministry into your community — but it might also open the door for safety and liability issues, such as property damage, theft, or tumbles on slippery surfaces.

With smart planning, trusted use policies and a thorough review process, it’s possible to protect your place of worship and be a good neighbor. Keep these considerations in mind when renting your facility.

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Using giving data for ministry

If you were asked when your church gives, how would you answer?

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The rewards — and risks — of social media

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A remote roundtable with experts

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Can your church REALLY afford a pastor? Maybe not in the traditional sense…

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More and more churches are asking themselves if they can truly afford a pastor. As a result, discussions on clergy compensation, burdensome seminary debt, and alternative pastoral models are taking place in seminaries and denominational bodies across the country — and ultimately, this question (or a similar one) is at the core of those conversations.

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Never ask again: 3 tech-driven strategies to increase giving

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You didn’t get into ministry because you enjoy asking people for money from the platform. And yet, sometimes that seems like the only option in order to fully fund the work your church is doing.

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Catapulting past critical mass at Resurrection (Leawood, KS)

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Clifton Guy, Director of Information Technology at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS — the largest UMC in the nation — is a preacher’s kid. Two of his siblings are also pastors, as is his wife. “So, it’s kind of the ‘family business,’” he says. But, Clifton himself is a self-professed […]

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Israel: faith-based travel tips & recommended sites

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There’s a reason 2014 was the best year ever for North American travel to Israel: It isn’t a trip — it’s a spiritual experience. This surprising country promises a range of unique experiences which people of faith can only experience in Israel. And, thanks to several extremely traveler-friendly traits, it’s well within reach.

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The Monday Rule

The simple implementation of the Monday rule can change the climate of your church for the better significantly.

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3 disciplines often missing from preaching today

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Through my interactions with other pastors, I have found there are many of us missing three disciplines in preaching. What are they?

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Behind the loan application: what is the bank or credit union really looking for?

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Developing a strong and trusted relationship with your lender can provide your As your ministry looks to begin a relationship with a lender — or maybe improve an existing one — having insight into the mind of a lender will help you develop this vital partnership.

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