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Child Sexual Abuse: 10 facts every pastor should know

By Georgia McKnight, featuring Kimberlee Norris ‘Church Rocked by Sexual Abuse Allegations’ The headline stunned the members of a large evangelical church in western Pennsylvania. Church leaders took hundreds of telephone calls from members, media representatives and advocacy groups. Social media coverage was immediate and savage, with posts assuming the worst possible motives attributable to […]

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The financial realities of elder care & long-term care insurance

By Rev. James R. Cook, CFP®, RICP® According to Macrotrends.net, the current life expectancy in the U.S. in 2022 was 79.05 years, a 0.08% increase from 2021. People are living longer, which means more and more, younger baby boomers — who might not be prepared for the wide-ranging considerations of eldercare — are faced with […]

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KIRT DAUPHIN, QUINN BANISTER + PAULANN CHURCH: “New building. Same Jesus.”

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh If you had to choose a time to build a new church, it wouldn’t be during COVID.  But as PaulAnn Church Lead Pastor Kirt Dauphin and Leadership Development Director Quinn Banister discovered, God’s timing is always good. Though Kirt Dauphin and his wife, Cindi, had never visited San Angelo, Texas, they were […]

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Church Mutual® names new president

  Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. has promoted Alan S. Ogilvie to president of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Rich Poirier, current president and CEO, will retain his CEO responsibilities. Ogilvie also will join Church Mutual’s Board of Directors. The two executive leaders will work side by side throughout 2023, in preparation for Ogilvie […]

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Together We Grow

Using Vision To Ignite Church Growth The new year is the perfect time to set resolutions for your ministry and, for many, the one at the top of the list is church growth. We understand why. Gallup reported that in 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, which is down from 50% […]

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7 Ways to Avoid the After-Christmas Crash

  The end of the year is a busy time in the church. On one hand, it’s a few weeks that hold fun, tradition, and time for community. But on the other hand, the expectations placed on church leaders can turn the holly jolly holidays into a series of exhausting events that leave you burnt […]

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Marketing technology and the stages of evangelism

By Boyd Pelley When you give a company your email address, they use it to cultivate your interest in their product or service over time. If you like it, you read a subject line or even open an email once in a while. If you don’t, you ignore it or unsubscribe. And guess what, it works. What if […]

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A tale of 2 lenders

By Mike Schueler Out of space and out of time, Sunnylane Church needed a loan to grow. But the promise of an ultra-low interest rate turned into a financing nightmare for this Oklahoma City congregation. Drew Sanford was frustrated. He’d already wasted too much time working to secure a loan for Sunnylane Church, the Southern […]

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“Healthy Christian leaders prioritize their relationship with God”

Self-leadership does not begin with oneself. Foundationally it begins with God. God is not simply a means to greater organizational ends. He is the ultimate end and true joy that will satisfy our deepest longings. He is the end, not merely the means to some other end. One of the authors I turn to frequently […]

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LEARN WHERE YOU SERVE

Should I get a master’s degree?  Should I not get a master’s degree?  Our church can’t afford it — will it benefit me? Can I even afford it?  Despite these perpetual questions (which you’ve probably asked yourself at some point), full-time bi-vocational and volunteer church leaders are embracing advanced degrees right now. Even post-COVID, and […]

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