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Religious schools get more access to state aid with Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana ruling

The Supreme Court last week handed down its decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. By a 5-4 vote, it ruled that the Montana Supreme Court had violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it struck down a Montana scholarship program because that program would have allowed scholarship aid for students attending […]

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4 core values your church must address in our secular society

By Chad Vanderipe  Many churches are battling declining memberships and are being challenged in their ability to have a significant impact.    How can the Church go on the offensive to defend its significance and face an increasingly secular society? Consider strengthening these 4 core values to overcome stereotypes that might have hindered people from coming in your front door. #1: Strengthen […]

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Preparing houses of worship for hurricane season amidst a pandemic

By Guy A. Russ, MBA, CPCU, ARM The 2020 hurricane season is here, and agencies are predicting above average activity. This year’s season places worship facilities in a precarious position, serving community amidst the COVID-19 pandemic while often providing post-disaster support. Here, we tackle the challenges facing houses of worship in the coming months — […]

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Stay cybersafe this summer

By Guy Russ Over the past few months, organizations have scrambled to reinvent their programs and activities for a virtual world in the face of COVID-19. With summer now upon us, and COVID-19 still with us, it’s time to take a hard look at the summer programs your organization offers for children. The Centers for […]

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Vanco introduces free app to connect faith-based communities

Market-leading provider of technology and payment solutions introduces virtual hub for connecting, planning and giving. As faith-based organizations had to quickly move online during COVID-19, they sought new tools to extend their ministry. Now, as they begin returning to in-person services, many organizations are realizing that online ministry represents an important extension of their mission […]

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Giving USA 2020: Data show 2019 one of the highest years for giving on record

New Giving USA report shows strength of Americans’ charitable support and provides baseline, context for current uncertain philanthropic environment American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $449.64 billion to U.S. charities in 2019, placing it among the highest years ever for charitable giving, according to findings in Giving USA 2020: The Annual Report […]

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Free Webinar: Reduce your church’s energy costs by up to 30%

Discover how High Street Baptist Church reduced their energy use by 25% and saved on expenses. Thursday, July 9, 1pm EST. If your church is often out of use during this time of crisis, it may use up to 30%* more energy than necessary. We can help. Sign up for a free webinar and gain […]

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The value of using project management in the Church

By Rev. Vincent Howell Projects are a part of the work of ministry in any local congregation. They range from updating the parsonage when a new pastor is assigned to developing a new ministry to grow youth programs, hosting a holiday meal for the community and planning programs during the Advent season. Yet, many times, […]

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Safely resuming physical gatherings with the help of technology

By Bob Pritchett As our nation moves toward re-opening, church leaders are now tasked with the consideration of whether it is safe to resume in-person gatherings. It’s unlikely that any parts of our former lives, including the way we did church, will ever truly be the same again. So as we begin to re-open and […]

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States hit hardest by unemployment claims: study

With nearly 43 million Americans losing their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and new unemployment claims this week higher than in the same week last year, WalletHub yesterday released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims. This report is a follow-up to WalleteHub’s report on the Cities with the Biggest Increases in […]

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