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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

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  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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When you present your ministry to a potential financial partner‭, ‬what will the lender look for‭?‬

By Dan Mikes You’ve been offering two or three weekend worship services for quite a while, you are regularly filling more than 80 percent of the seats available in your worship facility, and you are at maximum capacity in the children’s space.  Understandably, your leadership team has decided it is time to expand. 

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ON THE MONEY: 3 seasoned financial experts talk about church leaders’ biggest challenges, and how to tackle them

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Since 2002, Rev. Dr. Day has held numerous positions with MMBB, including providing service to members and employers. Now, she serves as director of development. In her career, Day has also served as an area minister, senior pastor, and director of campus ministry. She holds both MDiv and DMin degrees. One thing […]

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Counseling training options for pastors

Expert perspectives on the expectations church leaders face today, common pitfalls and risks, and how to rise to the challenge Overall, are pastors adequately trained and prepared with regards to counseling their congregations?

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Get smart about expansion: ChMS data can help you make an informed new-campus decision

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Do most church leaders use their ChMS to its maximum advantage when determining where to open a new campus? Matt McMaster: Based on my background, I’d say no — because many don’t know how. I’ve worked with more than 1,000 churches, spending about three or four months with each one on their project. We dig […]

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Strategies for cultivating major gifts

Did you know your church management software — and the data within it — can be a big help? When a church leader considers ways to drive major gifts, church management software / systems (ChMS) probably isn’t their first thought. Why should this tool spring to mind? Scott Romig: Unfortunately, church management systems are still […]

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Do mission trips put your religious organization at risk?

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  Expert advice for protecting your members, staff and volunteers while they’re abroad How common is it for church groups to encounter avoidable risks and safety issues while on mission trips abroad? Betty Norman: If there’s good planning and preparation that goes into each mission trip, avoidable or predictable risks should be limited. It’s recommended […]

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Adopting modern worship styles: what you haven’t considered

By Jeff Barnett It’s nearly the end of 2018. It’s going on two decades since the modern worship band movement began sweeping through the church. In fact, to most Millennials, it’s not “modern” worship; it’s simply worship. As they take the mantle of leadership, more and more congregations are adopting this musical format. Here are […]

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Financial reserves: does my church really need them?

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    By Kari Boyce We talk to church leaders every day. Our team understands your concerns about meeting your ministry’s needs today and tomorrow. I’m going to show you that saving for a “rainy day” is being a good steward — and generous and wise, to boot!

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