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Partnering with patient advocates can help church members in need

By Teri Dreher For many people, their church is like family. It’s a place they can turn to for help and support when they need it. But even the most benevolent church family might come up short when it comes to helping a member navigate today’s complicated healthcare system. That’s where a patient advocate can […]

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5 healthy church budgeting guidelines

By Meaghan Kelly It’s no secret that church budgets can be tight. To do the most good with this money, church administrators and facility managers should develop a healthy, long-term financial plan before spending any funds. Here are five financial goals to strive for when creating and managing a church facilities budget. #1: Be realistic […]

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Be the church that embraces children, not just tolerates them

By Sam S. Rainer III There are two kinds of restaurants: those that embrace children, and those that tolerate children. If you’re a parent — especially if you have multiple small children — then you know this reality. When my family of six storms a restaurant, I can tell immediately whether the establishment will embrace […]

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Houses of worship subject to parking lot tax

By Sharon C. Lincoln In the context of paying one’s taxes, the New Testament counsels the faithful in Matthew 22:21 to “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When it comes to taxation in the United States — for nearly all of this country’s history — […]

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New church design & construction firm debuts

APRIL 22, 2019 (Tulsa, Okla.) — Based in Tulsa, but operating nationwide, Master’s Plan Church Design and Construction is a new company founded and led by experienced leader in church design and construction Rodney James. Having grown up building buildings with his father — and serving for 20 years in ministry — James says he […]

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Eliminating accessibility barriers promotes inclusion in worship

By Kathryn McCormack Separation of church and state has been an important pillar of our country since its inception. An individual’s freedom to explore his or her faith should be available to all who choose to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose in life and belonging within their communities. Often, this freedom is taken for […]

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Solid groundwork can ensure your church plant bears fruit

By Rich Poirier The church planting movement is growing across the country — but establishing a new religious organization and actually growing it into a thriving congregation are two different battles. There are a variety of legitimate reasons to consider planting a church. Respondents to a 2016 study by Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network […]

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Selecting the right bus for your church

How to get the best, safest bus for your most precious cargo   When is a new bus the best option for a church? Ami Sailor: While each church has unique transportation needs, more often than not, a new bus is the best option. Church leaders often assume that a used bus is the best […]

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Leading a legacy

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In 2001, Word of Life Church faced two major setbacks: the senior pastor passed away, and the building project — underway at the time — came back from bid 200 percent over budget. But, 10 years later, the church completed an $11.2-million building project, including a 900-seat sanctuary, offices, adult education areas, […]

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Church Trends & Statistics

Pastors’ Social Roles Unclear in Current Cultural Climate We are only a few months into 2019 and it has already been a newsworthy year full of major headlines. With all of the dramatic changes and strong stances taking place in the current American social and political climate, pastors are feeling the effects of trying to […]

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