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Church Facilities Conference & Expo (CFX) 2023

  Church Executive: How did CFX Expo get its start? Jim Wagner: Our company has produced events, educational series, and media products for churches for the last 15 years. The needs of the churches are so different than they were 15 years ago, or even 10 years ago. We felt it was important to create […]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF RECORD KEEPING

Documenting and preserving prevention and response efforts By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris In a recent sexual abuse case, church leaders were notified of an abuse allegation stemming from events in 2014 involving a 10-year-old girl and a church employee. The allegation, communicated by the child’s mother, was addressed by the executive pastor. The mother […]

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Cybersecurity and social media: 

How to protect your church’s data — and your own By Sharon McDowell Whether we realize it or not, social media is a double-edged sword. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, among others, have become an integral part of our daily lives, and a valuable tool for churches to engage with their congregations and […]

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Consistently — and comfortably — accommodating growth

For leaders at Bethel Lutheran Church, the signals that it was time to expand were not subtle.  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh  At the home church in Fergus Falls, Minn., nearly 90 cars per worship service had to park off-campus and walk to church — and this was across three services.   Inside the sanctuary, two of […]

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Luther Rice launches new Ph.D. in Christian Scripture degree

  Last month, Luther Rice College and Seminary launched its newest degree program, a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Scripture. Luther Rice is now accepting applications and will offer classes this Fall semester in the program. The Ph.D. in Christian Scripture degree is the second Ph.D. program, third doctoral program overall, now offered at Luther […]

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Together We Advance: Pushpay’s ‘Church Tech Check’ assessment helps ministries evaluate and optimize their digital tools

This free assessment analyzes a church’s current technology usage, then provides scores, rankings, recommendations and resources to make achieving their mission easier. Most church leaders didn’t start in ministry because of a passion for technology. That’s what Pushpay’s here for — to help develop the digital tools and provide guidance to churches seeking to build […]

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How the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs help heal communities

When communities need support, Lutheran Church Charities lends a helping paw. By Dawn Bernatz At Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.1, we are privileged to work with amazing customers who support their communities and elevate the human condition. Lutheran Church Charities is a great example. After a tragedy, when a community’s need for support is especially […]

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Risk considerations for churches opening their doors for sanctuary

By Eric Spacek If your church is considering providing sanctuary to some of the immigrants who are entering into our country right now, you’re not alone — many churches and other mission-driven organizations have been pondering that, too. Here, Eric Spacek, Assistant Vice President — Risk Control with Church Mutual, answers a few of the […]

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Safer Church Services with UV Air Disinfection from UV Resources

By Joe Kalman When a congregant suggested that the Church of Foothills in Ventura, California, could quickly and affordably leverage the same UV disinfection technology as LAX International Airport, Louis Vigorita was immediately sold. It helped that the congregant was both a respected physician and public health researcher who was fresh from discovering the technology […]

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Project cost vs. building cost

By Rodney C. James Jesus said, For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to […]

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