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Why you need an emergency fund – and how to build one

  By Alina Parizianu You’re driving home from a wonderful vacation and the “check engine” light in your vehicle comes on. The engine is running smoothly, and the transmission is shifting properly, so you continue to drive the vehicle, thinking it will be OK until you can get home and have it checked by your mechanic. Suddenly, […]

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Training your tech team: the right gear is only part of the solution

By Jeff Barnett When you buy new gear, there’s always a measure of anticipation. The new and enhanced features, the easier workflow, the ability to do more and bigger things — it’s simply exciting. But just purchasing new gear won’t take you all the way to a job well done. That takes a well-trained tech […]

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Defying space & thriving downtown

Just a few months ago, First Baptist Tulsa opened the doors of its new four-story, 82,000-square-foot preschool and children’s building. Rendering provided by HH Architects. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh With a community focus, congregational support, a solid plan and the right architectural expertise at the ready, First Baptist Tulsa has (beautifully) overcome the biggest challenge of […]

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Personalizing the generosity culture of your church

For a long time, the model for creating a culture of generosity in the church involved the occasional pledge card, an annual sermon or two on stewardship, a letter to the congregants asking for gifts, maybe a year-end appeal around the holidays to close a gap, and a year-end giving statement. Today, that approach falls […]

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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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Church Trends & Statistics

  Christians and Sabbath It’s not uncommon for businesses around the country to close on Sundays. For many Christian workers, this is an opportune time to take a Sabbath, a day of rest. LifeWay Research recently conducted a study of surveys taken by 1,010 American churchgoers about their views on resting on the Sabbath. The […]

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A layered security approach for churches

By Keith Shaver Today we hear news reports of an ever-increasing number of church vandalism, thefts, robberies and, in some instances, active shooters. Those stories are driving the local churches to investigate methods to secure the church facility and protect its members’ personal security. For the church to provide the right security solution, its current […]

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Why giving stays strong while attendance drops in churches

By Sam S. Rainer III I’ve noticed a recent trend among churches. The evidence is more anecdotal, but I have no doubt the phenomenon is occurring on a national scale. While more than half of all churches are in some form of attendance decline, a segment of these declining churches experiences either stability in giving […]

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Lead stronger with data analytics

By Jack Siegman Trends aren’t easy to see while in the middle of ministry, or even by viewing reports or spreadsheets.  But the fact is, your data tells a story.    What story is your data telling? Are you using that story to make informed strategic decisions? And more important: are you able to understand […]

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Developing a Security Plan is the First Step to Making Public Spaces Safer

By Daniel Venet Tree of Life Synagogue; Parkland; Emanuel African American Methodist Church; Charleston; Las Vegas; Sandy Hook; Columbine and Oklahoma City. It’s clear what all these places have in common, and there are many more. The list goes on. These examples of terrorism have heightened our awareness and fear when we enter an office […]

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