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Creating spaces for true community

(above) At First Baptist Church Glenarden, a transitional space outside the children’s wing acts as an outdoor amphitheater used by the entire church. Rendering by Jesse Nedunuri, Shanks Architects  Among the most successful kids’ spaces you’ve designed for churches, what elements make them stand out?  Katherine Wiley: They’re all designed for community; the end user […]

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Taking teamwork to a new level

Kingsland Baptist Church’s second campus demonstrates the value and good stewardship of faith + community partnerships By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When building a new campus, what if the church wasn’t responsible for every piece of the puzzle? What if, to create their facilities, the church spent more time building relationships rather than raising funds? What if […]

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Defend your flock: self-defense for the Church

By Kirk Evans The world isn’t as innocent as it once was, and you can no longer assume you are safe from harm simply because you’re in a church sanctuary. There have been numerous reported cases of armed attackers targeting churches in the past decade. Such attacks have occurred on Sunday morning, as well as […]

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Building or renovating? Get to the WHY

“The decisions to build or renovate were not economic decisions, nor were they business decisions — these decisions to build were spiritual decisions.” Why do you want to build new ministry facilities?  Why do you desire to renovate these old, tired and outdated sanctuaries and children’s spaces?   Why are you planning to expand your […]

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Minimizing interest expense, maximizing ministry

A commitment to consistent financial stewardship — and the guidance of a like-hearted lending partner — enabled Blackhawk Church to set a course for debt elimination. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For the finance team at Blackhawk Church in Madison, Wisc., solid financial stewardship is a priority. Led by Director of Accounting & Administration Jon Mueller and […]

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Elder fraud: What I learned from helping my parents recover from financial fraud

By Anonymous “When I called the next day to check in, my father said that the retailer was running into issues refunding the money for the unauthorized purchase on his account. The fraud department wanted him to purchase a VISA gift card that they could load the money on to send him his refund faster.  […]

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Content is king, but how can you lower your cost to create and store it?

By Philip Grossman The old adage “Content is king” is truer today than ever. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 1 minute of video at 30 frames per second is worth 30,000 words.  But, what is the cost of content? More importantly, is there a way to reduce that cost?  Yes, there […]

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Doing “Kingdom business” the right way

Backed by a team with financial finesse — plus, a church-centric banking partner — Odell Dickerson, Jr., and New Psalmist are enjoying streamlined processes, savings By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Maybe you were familiar with Odell Dickerson Jr., before you saw him on our cover.   As one of the country’s most sought-after consultants and keynote speakers […]

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ON EVANGELISM: 5 Things You May Not Know About Gen Z in the U.S.

1. American teens are growing out of being Christian. Though almost all Christian U.S. teens identified as Christian in childhood (94%) and Christianity remains the most common affiliation for teens (70%), about a quarter now claims no organized religion. This includes the one in ten (12%) who describe their faith identity as “nothing in particular.” […]

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A step-by-step guide to selling church property

Do your due diligence before entering a contract By Jodi Warren, Esq. As the real estate market heats up, some churches are contemplating selling their property to generate income to sustain their mission. The property or properties being sold might be the church’s primary location or additional property that no longer serves the organization’s purpose […]

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