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Solomon Awards Name Leon Williams Contractors and Studio Four Design’s Foothills Church Project One of the Best of 2019

Maryville contractor and Knoxville architect recognized by prestigious church design and construction awards for helping bring fast-growing East Tennessee congregation’s vision to fruition Maryville-based commercial construction firm Leon Williams Contractors and Knoxville architecture and design firm Studio Four Design have been recognized by the leading awards program for the church design, building and operations industry for their work on […]

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7 Best Ways Your Church Can Bless Your Pastor and Staff

By Brian Kluth Most pastors have advanced degrees and work 50 to 70 hours each week caring for their congregations, but most Christians are not aware that their pastors and church staffs may not be paid well. A pastor’s week is filled with early morning meetings, office hours, visitations, counseling, sermon preparation and prayer, evening […]

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Making distance learning work

theological seminary study

For busy pastors, it offers a flexible, efficient and cost-effective way to pursue an advanced degree. Here, five experts survey the landscape. Do you see a lot of full-time ministry leaders embracing advanced degrees via distance learning right now? If so, what’s driving that interest? Are certain areas of focus / concentrations proving most attractive? […]

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Maximizing year-end giving

Strategies for using technology to encourage giving all year round Define ‘year-end giving.’ What months of the year are we referring to? B. Louie Cordovado: Year-end giving refers to giving during the last two to three months of a church’s fiscal year — usually October to December. Kacie Frazier: Year-end giving is the most charitable […]

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Cyber security & your church

How to properly protect your parish from scammers By Elizabeth “Betty” Norman Cyber criminals seek out organizations that seem unsuspecting. Unfortunately, churches often offer just what they’re looking for. In late April 2019, Father Bob Stec of the Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish in Brunswick, Ohio found himself sending a note to parish members that no […]

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What you need to know as an executor

By Matthew D. Hoffman You have recently been named the executor of an estate — but, like many people, you might not be familiar with the scope of the task that you’re undertaking and the important information you need to know. An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased individual’s […]

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Church design trends: expert perspectives

Emerging trends, outdated ones, and ministry-specific design movements What’s especially appealing about working with churches? Trung Doan: Churches are the hands and feet of faith, and we consider it a privilege to equip churches to continue making a difference. Rodney C. James: Mentoring, leading and helping pastors. Most didn’t get a class in church design, […]

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A better way to reach out — fast

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Prior to enlisting One Call Now notification technology (text-messaging en masse) at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Adairsville, Georgia, email was the main channel for keeping members up-to-date on church happenings. As Elder Woody Davis explains, this approach presented a handful of challenges and limitations. “People just didn’t get the information quickly,” he […]

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Child sexual abuse in ministry contexts: understanding the risk

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Child sexual abuse risk in ministry contexts cannot be ignored. This statement implies child protection has been ignored by some ministries in the past. For most ministries, however, the challenge is ignorance of the problem. Most ministries are doing something, but not doing the right thing. Church Executive and […]

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Joel Guthrie: Helping church leaders harness tech trends to drive real-world engagement, growth

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Joel Guthrie grew up attending church. In fact, his family helped start one in Colorado Springs. Since then, he has been on staff as a worship leader and youth leader at a church in Bellevue, Wash., and is currently one of the worship leaders and 10th-grade-guys leaders at his church in Austin, […]

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