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PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: An Effective Safety System

The “Stop Sexual Abuse” series is designed to provide ministry leaders with information to better understand the risk of child sexual abuse and take necessary steps to protect children in ministry programs. The first article in the series provided analysis concerning sexual abuse risk using the metaphor of building the right fence. In this article […]

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Blackbaud Announces Breakthrough Church Management Software

Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company powering social good, announced today the general availability of its groundbreaking Blackbaud Church Management™ solution, which is already transforming the church technology landscape, and the continued expansion and growth of its Cloud Solution for Faith Communities. The announcement is being made at bbcon, Blackbaud’s three-day tech gathering specifically designed to empower […]

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Ministry Brands Introduces MinistryID™ — A Single Sign-On Solution for Faith-Based Organization Management Systems

Ministry Brands, the leading provider of church software solutions, today introduced MinistryID, a single sign-on solution that connects Ministry Brands’ comprehensive suite of applications using just one login credential. The new SSO solution demonstrates Ministry Brands’ commitment to innovation and its connected approach to empowering and equipping today’s 21st-century church. “We developed MinistryID to be […]

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Subsplash Announces Acquisition of Custom Church Apps as Part of Vision to Equip Every Church

Subsplash, the Seattle-based industry leader in innovation technology and engagement tools for churches, announced the acquisition of mobile app development company, Custom Church Apps in Austin. “Our team is passionate about empowering churches to make the truth of Jesus incredibly accessible, engage their communities, and fuel their mission. We are immensely grateful to deliver technology to […]

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Making distance learning work

theological seminary study

For busy pastors, it offers a flexible, efficient and cost-effective way to pursue an advanced degree. Here, five experts survey the landscape. Do you see a lot of full-time ministry leaders embracing advanced degrees via distance learning right now? If so, what’s driving that interest? Are certain areas of focus / concentrations proving most attractive? […]

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Maximizing year-end giving

Strategies for using technology to encourage giving all year round Define ‘year-end giving.’ What months of the year are we referring to? B. Louie Cordovado: Year-end giving refers to giving during the last two to three months of a church’s fiscal year — usually October to December. Kacie Frazier: Year-end giving is the most charitable […]

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Cyber security & your church

How to properly protect your parish from scammers By Elizabeth “Betty” Norman Cyber criminals seek out organizations that seem unsuspecting. Unfortunately, churches often offer just what they’re looking for. In late April 2019, Father Bob Stec of the Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, Ohio found himself sending a note to parish members that no […]

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What you need to know as an executor

By Matthew D. Hoffman You have recently been named the executor of an estate — but, like many people, you might not be familiar with the scope of the task that you’re undertaking and the important information you need to know. An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased individual’s […]

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Church design trends: expert perspectives

Emerging trends, outdated ones, and ministry-specific design movements What’s especially appealing about working with churches? Trung Doan: Churches are the hands and feet of faith, and we consider it a privilege to equip churches to continue making a difference. Rodney C. James: Mentoring, leading and helping pastors. Most didn’t get a class in church design, […]

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A better way to reach out — fast

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Prior to enlisting One Call Now notification technology (text-messaging en masse) at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Adairsville, Georgia, email was the main channel for keeping members up-to-date on church happenings. As Elder Woody Davis explains, this approach presented a handful of challenges and limitations. “People just didn’t get the information quickly,” he […]

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