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5 facility “musts” to compete for young families

By Rodney James The culture of our nation is much different than it was two decades ago. And because of those differences, the church has been challenged to meet the perceived and real needs of this generation.  Many young families are leaving the traditional churches they were raised in, setting aside their denominational loyalties and […]

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Highly relational, by design

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In form and function, relationship is at the heart of everything FBC Covington does as a church. Here’s how that commitment translates into the design of its 180,000-square-foot worship, education and commons expansion.

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Leadership training options for pastors

Reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh   In general, have full-time church leaders shown increased interest in leadership and management training? Bo Rice: With the world changing as fast as it is, solid leadership skills are often what keep the ship right. So, yes, I’ve seen significant increased interest in leadership and management training in the past […]

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Protective covering: an integral part in preserving stained glass windows

By John Phillips Just think how wonderful it would be if, once your stained glass windows were installed or restored,  they simply stayed in pristine condition. That would mean little heat or air-conditioning loss through them, and no vandalism or weather elements damage. Actually, this is a possibility: To maintain the original condition of the windows, […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

The relationship between volunteering and giving The Generosity Gap, a recent report by Barna produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial shows that volunteering is considered one of the most generous acts possible. The report also examines the correlation between volunteering and other forms of generosity — in particular, financial giving.

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Delivering planned giving results

By Michael Prior, J.D. In our first two installments, this series discussed: So, what exactly is planned giving? and Recognizing planned giving as a ministry. Now, we’ll examine how a proactive planned giving stewardship program can deliver impressive, real-world results.

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Clergy tax planning… there is a difference

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA When it comes to taxes, clergy people often ask questions such as, “How can I save money or reduce my tax bill?” or “Will itemizing my deductions help reduce my tax bill?” or “How does the Housing Allowance affect my taxes?” You might not realize it, but tax planning for […]

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Vision-Casting: how to integrate church culture, DNA into the design

By Nick Cooper If you’re beginning to think about a new facility, addition, remodel or relocation, you must first understand the culture and DNA of your congregation. Design should be an expression of those values aiding in your mission.

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Getting your systems ready for special events

By Andrew Scriven Christmas and Easter — arguably the two most wonderful, celebrated (also painful / dreaded) events in the life of the church. Most churches go all out to celebrate, incorporating advanced production techniques they don’t normally use — added vocals, special instrumentation, mixed-media presentations, dramatic lighting, special effects, animals … you get the […]

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Disaster prevention & recovery best practices

Reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh   From an insurer’s perspective, how often do you find that churches are truly, adequately prepared in the realm of disaster prevention & recovery? Kyle Illbeck: Churches typically focus their resources on furthering their ministry and mission, and disaster preparedness becomes an afterthought until it’s too late. Unfortunately, it’s rare for […]

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