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A layered security approach for churches

By Keith Shaver Today we hear news reports of an ever-increasing number of church vandalism, thefts, robberies and, in some instances, active shooters. Those stories are driving the local churches to investigate methods to secure the church facility and protect its members’ personal security. For the church to provide the right security solution, its current […]

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Why giving stays strong while attendance drops in churches

By Sam S. Rainer III I’ve noticed a recent trend among churches. The evidence is more anecdotal, but I have no doubt the phenomenon is occurring on a national scale. While more than half of all churches are in some form of attendance decline, a segment of these declining churches experiences either stability in giving […]

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Lead stronger with data analytics

By Jack Siegman Trends aren’t easy to see while in the middle of ministry, or even by viewing reports or spreadsheets.  But the fact is, your data tells a story.    What story is your data telling? Are you using that story to make informed strategic decisions? And more important: are you able to understand […]

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Developing a Security Plan is the First Step to Making Public Spaces Safer

By Daniel Venet Tree of Life Synagogue; Parkland; Emanuel African American Methodist Church; Charleston; Las Vegas; Sandy Hook; Columbine and Oklahoma City. It’s clear what all these places have in common, and there are many more. The list goes on. These examples of terrorism have heightened our awareness and fear when we enter an office […]

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How to choose the right MDiv program: 5 questions to ask

How can you tell which Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is the best fit for you? By Joel Short There might be practical concerns relating to cost and convenience to consider. But how can you evaluate the quality of a program and the impact it will have on your life and ministry? Here are 5 […]

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Answering the Call: Providing Support After a Disaster

  By Church Mutual Insurance When disaster strikes, the effects are often felt across the country. Although the greatest devastation usually occurs in a concentrated geographical region, caring people from across the country feel a calling to help out however they can. Events such as hurricanes and tornadoes have been met with a great outpouring […]

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Using credit responsibly

By James R. Cook In today’s world, just about everyone uses credit to obtain the things that they want or need, but do not have the cash on hand to pay for immediately.  

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IMPROVleadership: getting your team to talk

As a church leader, it’s your job to inspire and motivate your staff. For some, this ability comes naturally. For others, it’s not so intuitive; coaching others to do their best is a skill that takes work to develop. The good news is it’s not difficult to work on this skill. You don’t need to […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Pastors addressing sexual and domestic violence In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the growing number of sexual misconduct accusations in churches across the world, LifeWay Research recently conducted a study — sponsored by IMA World Health and Sojourners — about the reasons pastors address sexual and domestic violence from the pulpit.

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What cloud computing can do for your church’s financial reporting

Futuristic design of a cloud network computing

  Like any other organization, it is necessary for a church to compile financial reports on a regular basis. Many churches use Microsoft Excel, which requires constant manual data input from a user on a designated device. The problem with this system is that configuring the information for specific reports requires a lot of work […]

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