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Churches should be watching the safety of their cash deposits amid bank loan losses from vacant commercial real estate

Ensure that your church’s bank deposits are safe…no matter which bank you use! By Mike Batts, CPA Remote work is still a strong force after the COVID-19 pandemic, with many businesses allowing their employees to work remotely. Remote work’s lingering reality has significantly reduced the demand for commercial office and business space. The resulting increase […]

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Ignite your ministry with a summer tune-up

4 Processes Your Church Should Re-evaluate This Summer By Olivia Massimiano For churches, summer is the perfect time to reflect on key processes within your operations and evaluate their effectiveness. This slightly slower time of year can help you get everything squared away before the back-to-school season ramps up in the fall. In between holidays […]

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Keeping swimmers safe this summer

If your church is planning outings, events, or camps that involve swimming, you’re taking on a fair amount of risk. In the United States, an average of 3,500 to 4,000 people drown every year — that’s an average of 10 fatal drownings per day. We talked with Eric Spacek, assistant vice president for Risk Control […]

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Donations & Payments & Compliance, Oh My!

Keeping your ministry safe & effective By Olivia Massimiano “Compliance” may not be a top concern—or even a familiar idea—to your church leadership team. But navigating the complexities of payment processing and charitable donations is crucial for maintaining a safe and effective ministry. Having a basic grasp of these regulations not only helps safeguard your […]

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LIONHEART CHILDREN’S ACADEMY AT CENTRAL CHURCH: Happy kids + happy parents + happy staff = happy church

Oksana Miller (Academy Director); Julie Cook (Assistant Academy Director); Giselle Arroyo (Front Desk, 2019-2021);  Lidya Pixley (Community Director)   By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Back in 2015, Central Church in Plano, Texas, wasn’t offering childcare at all. Suddenly, the chance emerged to open one of the first Lionheart Children’s Academy locations in America — a licensed, full-service, […]

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Theft prevention strategies for church leaders

  Church Executive: Just how big of an issue is employee theft in churches, really? Mike Nester: I wouldn’t say it’s one of the larger issues that our churches are dealing with, but it’s one of the easiest to work on. That said, we do see losses; we’ve had more than $1 million in claims […]

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ON EAGLES’ WINGS LEADERSHIP CENTER: A launch pad for Indigenous leaders

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Located on the 75-acre campus of Hutchcraft Ministries in the Ozarks, the 22,000-square-foot On Eagles’ Wings Leadership Center is 30 years in the making. The vision? To prepare Native American youth to be messengers for Jesus Christ in their communities. By all accounts, Hutchcraft Ministries is a well-known entity, both domestically […]

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Preparing your church for summer severe weather

By Eric Spacek Summer is around the corner and many churches are preparing for a rush of activity around weddings, festivals, kids camps and more. Summer also kicks off storm season, which means there’s no better time to review (or create) a severe weather plan to safeguard your church from severe weather. As a church […]

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Succession planning

By Denise Craig, CAE CCA  You won’t be in your role forever. Whether you are serving as the Senior Pastor, the Church Administrator, or as the Facility Manager, one day someone else will be leading at your church. It could be through retirement, moving on to another role, or an emergency no one could have […]

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ANSWER THE CALL TO MINISTRY WHILE SERVING GOD & COUNTRY

  Church Executive talks with CH (MAJ) Walter McCall about Army Reserve Chaplain Candidacy — a great option for seminary students, ministry professionals, and even bachelor’s degree holders with a calling Church Executive: The option of becoming a Reserve Chaplain Candidate was new to me. Among the Army Reserve Chaplain Candidates you’ve worked with before, […]

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