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Church Executive, March / April 2016,
Issue 3, Volume 15

Highlights include:


The exceptional team at fast-growing Gateway Church needed an accounting platform that was as efficient, streamlined, and
as “all about people” as they are. With six campuses, more than 36,000 active members, and 1,000+ full-and part-time staff, the
church simply can’t function at maximum efficiency without a streamlined, accessible and accurate accounting “engine.”

That was something they didn’t have … until now.

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh



Demystifying Data
A conversation on turning information into actionable insights to achieve your God-given vision
Featuring Curt Swindoll, Derek Hazelet, Ben Stroup, Joel Mikell, Lance Taylor & Rod Edmondson


A curated collection of great books for pastors


NEW! Basic Church Finance
Behind the loan application: What is the bank of credit union really looking for?
By Darren Thompson & Richard Koon

NEW! Church Management Software (ChMS)
Expanding your church? 3 ways to use ChMS data to your advantage
By Bill Gifford 

NEW! Pastor Coaching
What it is — and what it looks like in practice
By Shawn Lovejoy

Intelligent Church Giving
What you don’t know about giving can kill your ministry potential
By Joel Mikell & Derek Hazelet

Finances & Administration for Church Leaders
Succession planning: how to prepare the church for a new pastor
By Rev. Dr. Perry Hopper & Vincent Schera

Alternative Facility Options
How the construction of a Family Life Center drove cost savings — without sacrificing aesthetics
By Jim Peckham

Creating a Culture of Generosity
The dreaded “summer slump”
ByJayson D. Bradley

Church Facilities: Building & Construction
On time & on budget: tried-and-true strategies for your next construction project
By Jayson D. Bradley

Savings in Numbers
Buying through a procurement services company: your ministry and the monetary benefits, explained
By Glen Witsaman

Finance & Lending Trends
The state of religious lending
By Dan Mikes

Insurance Essentials
Acts of violence: prevention & response
By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM

Pastor-Friendly Sound Systems
Beautiful sound, naturally: The Grotto (Portland, OR)
By Mike Lethby

Legal Realities
How the hourly wage rules will affect churches
By David O. Middlebrook

Never Again: Beyond Insurance
Don’t touch — or you might get burned! Focus on: risk avoidance
By Michael J. Bemi

Multisite & Portable Churches
How to accommodate — and engage — kids
By Scott Cougill

The Stewardship of Space
How to make the best long-term investment
By Rich Maas

Streaming Made Simple
The art behind quality church streaming
By Andrew Ng

Captial Planning for Churches
Proactive & penny-wise: examining repairs and replacements for houses of worship
By Matthew C. Swain, RS

Captial Planning for Churches
Proactive & penny-wise: examining repairs and replacements for houses of worship
By Matthew C. Swain, RS


Timothy Berry: igniting hearts through miracles & healing 
By Regent University’s School of Divinity

Online education options for busy pastors 
By the Center for Church Management & Business Ethics at the Villanova School of Business