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Pastors follow the path to financial wellness

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Research shows pastors are twice as likely to experience financial stress as the average American. As Rev. Dr. Perry J. Hopper, MBA, Associate Executive Director of MMBB, explains, this is because clergy sustain significant levels of indebtedness with fewer resources to meet their financial obligations. Coupled with a theology that sometimes can […]

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Staying Connected Beyond Sunday

Tried-and-true strategies — plus, how technology can come alongside your best efforts With regards to technology, what are the most crucial elements in a “recipe” that best positions a church to keep connected to its members all week long? Chris Kehayias: The point of staying connected, and to “do church” in the first place, is […]

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Are mergers changing the church landscape?

By Jim Tomberlin I stumbled into my first church merger experience accidentally in 2003 (and if you have a merger experience, I’ll end this short article asking you to share it). Looking for a place to plant a regional campus for a Chicago suburban church, I came across a school in a great location. But […]

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Planning for the unthinkable

Protect your worshipers from armed intruder attacks By Rich Poirier Not long ago, anyone in search of a safe haven or spiritual guidance could turn to a place of worship knowing its doors would be open and its members welcoming. Offering a spiritual home to those in need is central to many faiths. But today, […]

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Uniview Technology exhibiting at WFX Conferenceand Expo in Orlando, FL

  Coppell, TX – September 13, 2019 – Uniview Technology (uniview tec), the New Alternative for smart, innovative and feature rich network video security solutions, will be exhibiting at the Worship Facilities (WFX) Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, 9/18 and Thursday 9/19 2019. In addition to gaining hands-on training, networking and real-world […]

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Pushpay announces summer product updates, empowers churches to increase participation and engagement

Pushpay Holdings Limited the leading payments and engagement provider to the US faith sector, announces updates to its product portfolio today that will help its more than 7,600 customers increase participation within their community, improve member communication, and reduce the administrative workload for church staff. “Having the ability for our community to now download and […]

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Crossroads constructed the first of a two-phase project that would change the course of their ministry forever

When Crossroads United Methodist Church, Washington, Illinois, concluded their vision for ministry was significantly larger than their current footprint could handle, they began the long and expensive journey of relocating to a new site. In 2001, they constructed the first of a two-phase construction project that would change the course of their ministry forever. Relocating […]

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4 ways to nurture your community & engage your congregation

    By Troy Pollock As you and your team return from a summer season filled with vacations, conferences and enjoying time with family, it’s a great time to reset priorities and develop a plan for the rest of the year. What are your goals? Challenges? Opportunities for growth? And more importantly, what steps are […]

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Equipping pastors for counseling

Overall, are pastors are adequately prepared to provide counseling to their church members? Yvonne N. Glass, Ph.D., LPCC-S: It depends. Pastors are prepared for pastoral counseling. Some are certainly well-equipped to deal with parishioners’ spiritual and emotional issues. Many more are reasonably equipped to do “non-clinical” counseling, such as grief and pre-marital counseling. They likely […]

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A heart for the ministry of building & construction

Jeff Wilson & Severns Valley Baptist Church By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In 2007, when Severns Valley Baptist Church relocated to its current property in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, it was a major move. After all, this congregation (established in 1781) is older than the United States Constitution itself and was attended by Abraham Lincoln’s grandparents — also, very […]

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