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How bond financing built the dream

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Driven by Senior Pastor Tony Clark’s heart for the youngest members of the church, Virginia’s Calvary Chapel Newport News had big goals for its new children’s wing. Really big.  Fortunately, he had just the right person on staff to take the helm. With decades of high-level corporate management experience under her […]

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Together We Honor: the importance of Pastor Appreciation Month for fighting burnout

Communities rely on their church leaders year-round. It’s a responsibility willingly accepted by those who’ve been called to serve — and more often than not, those leaders are the last ones to ask for any recognition or applause for their sacrifice. But that dynamic is exactly why Pastor Appreciation Month is so important. The tradition […]

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There’s always room for fellowship …

…if you get creative with your existing space By Rodney C. James In addition to needing more space for their children’s ministry, creating space for fellowship and community was one of the top objectives for First Baptist Church in Glen Rose, Texas when the leadership team engaged Oklahoma-based Master’s Plan Church Design & Construction. As […]

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COFFEE TALK

By Bruce Woody Not every church wants (or needs) to go all-in on a café. But for those that do, truly high-impact coffee shops have several things in common. They’re front-and-center. A thoughtfully designed café can act as part of the ‘front door’ to a church. When people walk in, they see others sitting, talking, […]

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How to reimagine small spaces for maximum ministry

  By Alaina Butler We’ve all been there: either your facility is outdated and lacks functional elements, or you’ve simply outgrown it.  While you’re probably wishing you had more space, acknowledging that you don’t have a lot of “room to maneuver” is the first step to intentionally using the area you do have to create […]

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An ounce of prevention

Simple-to-place, easy-to-use sensors — in critical spots on a church campus — can help prevent catastrophic water damage Church Executive: Tell us about the PHLYSense sensor system — when and why it was developed, and what it does. Andrew Shockey: PHLYSense was officially deployed in the fourth quarter of 2020 after several years of trial-and-error […]

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Moving from compliance to commitment

Church Executive  talks with a journeyed risk management thought leader for religious organizations Church Executive: Last year, Gallagher created an initiative called Transforming the Trend. What is it, and what was the burden to pursue it? How did Gallagher decide who to bring to the table? Peter A. Persuitti: Within Gallagher, three different verticals are […]

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Helping you protect those who matter most

In the last few years, verdicts and settlements from sexual abuse have increased, reviver statutes have opened up the opportunity for claims related to decades-old alleged activity, and abuse issues are making headlines on a regular basis.  While insurance carriers can’t do much to reduce claims from historical activity, some are making a concerted effort […]

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Prepare, prevent, respond

Steps to take before — and, God forbid, after — an allegation is made Insurance carriers — by instituting requirements and guidelines for acquiring coverage — have done a great job of bringing about change and moving church clients toward having a child protection policy in place.  Indeed, with respect to our own church clients, […]

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THE RISK OF SEXUAL ABUSE IS REAL

How to help protect children in your church’s care It’s a sad reality that child sexual abuse is still a major issue in our country — and church environments are no exception. According to MinistrySafe, an organization that helps churches reduce the risk of child sexual abuse, there are more than 60 million sexual abuse […]

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