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Sustainability of facility stewardship at your church

facility budget plan

By Matthew Swain, RS Each year, through blistering summer heat and winter’s icy blast, the church’s roof deteriorates a little more. The carpet in the narthex and office becomes a little more worn and tired. The boiler, air-conditioning and elevator continue to age. The parking lot begins to crack. Real property — the buildings in […]

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Be aware & proactive

Two esteemed attorneys and industry experts discuss the preeminent problem of child sexual abuse — and what every church leader can do to protect the children in their care Q: Just how big is the issue of sexual abuse in churches? Norris: Every study in the past decade indicates the same reality: the largest settlements […]

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Estate planning: getting affairs in order isn’t just for seniors

estate planning

By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® When we think about estate planning, drafting a will, and getting your financial affairs in order, millennials aren’t the first demographic group that come to mind. Most people don’t start to think about this topic until they’re a little older and more established; they usually have achieved milestones such […]

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Beyond online giving

digital giving

What executive pastors need to know By Jayson D. Bradley You know you need a digital solution for giving at your church. But with all the options out there, online giving is becoming old-hat. How do you land on the right solution? And once you’ve found it, how will you get your church to actually […]

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Protecting the Church’s children

child protection

We hear from child protection experts in this Q&A In the role of caring adults, we’re supposed to do all that we can to keep children from harm, and provide a safe place for all. Our panelists discuss the topics and challenges of protecting children within the church environment — and how to establish policies […]

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Making the case for church investments

In many churches, cash reserves are either immediately applied to ministry expansion, or deposited into a traditional savings, CD or money market account. However, do these options really represent the best possible stewardship of those funds?    John Regan, Founding Partner and Chief Investment Officer at New York-based Permanens Capital, believes churches should consider investing […]

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Teach them how to say goodbye

succession planning

3 important lessons in church succession planning By Nancy Beach These days, I’m experiencing a collision of two of my favorite passions. My mind is often filled with lyrics from the remarkable musical Hamilton. I devoured the 730-page biography, wore out the CD in my car, and then, last month, had the breathtaking privilege of […]

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Technology, engagement and growth

North Point’s 4-step engagement process By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Photos by Garrett Lobaugh Not many people can speak firsthand about the growth of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing churches. But Rick Holliday — Executive Director of Ministry Services at North Point Church in Alpharetta, Ga. — is very blessed in this regard. That’s because Holliday […]

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The 4 pillars to good facility stewardship

By Donovan Loomis Between Sunday worship, youth activities, and all the groups that meet throughout the week, your church is a hub of activity. Your congregation relies on the facilities to not only be a place of worship, but also a launching pad for ministry. Church leaders are expected to be intentional in how they […]

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Is your church ready to add a café?

By Mike Bacile The most frequent question I get from churches is, “How do we know if our church should build a café / coffee bar?” A café has so many positive possibilities to offer a church community. However, it should meet three important criteria in order to really produce the fellowship and revenue most […]

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