COVID-19 Archives - Church Executive


What churches might miss when measuring digital attendance

An excerpt from Barna’s new report, Six Questions About the Future of the Hybrid Church Experience In the spring of 2020, as much of the United States began enforcing social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the overwhelming majority of churches accordingly closed their doors. Ministries shifted quickly to digital services as faith […]

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New survey data shows the impact of COVID-19 on churches

Religious leaders report reduced giving, increased use of technology To document the impact of COVID-19 on church life, Ministry Brands — a leading provider of software, services, and information platforms for churches, ministries, and those they serve — this week released new data from a recently completed national survey of churches across multiple denominations. The […]

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There’s an app for that

Churches turn to tech to fill collection plates during the pandemic By Aaron Senneff Congregations large and small are feeling the financial impact of the pandemic. With in-person services suspended for months and collection plates idle, churches are turning to technology to bring in revenue to fund their ministries. The COVID-19 environment is accelerating the […]

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Study reveals sharp increase in planned gifts + COVID-19 planned giving impact

A new study released by BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Planned Giving Practice reveals that, despite concerns the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a negative impact on the future of giving, philanthropists increased their support of the non-profit sector during 2019.  Non-profit organizations represented in BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s 2020 Annual Charitable Gift […]

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4 tried-and-true reopening strategies

Right now, as we focus on helping houses of worship reopen safely, it’s important to acknowledge that although the building was closed, the Church never shut down at all. As my pastor said, “We didn’t close; we just changed venues.” That said, the building is the gathering place of believers, physically. So, helping churches resume […]

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Re-opening the church: practical suggestions

Challenging! Frustrating! Exhausting! These are the some common words I’ve heard church leaders use over the past several months. Whether you’re new to ministry or you’ve been doing this for many years, you’re facing situations during this pandemic that you haven’t faced before. There’s no history to learn from. There are no pastor mentors who’ve […]

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The stewardship of space

Amid coronavirus, churches are (literally) reimagining their worship spaces. Portable equipment — platforms, risers, barricades and more — can make your space work, if you know how to maximize them. As you work with church leaders right now, what are their biggest questions about post-COVID operations? Cindy Albrecht: Church leaders come to us seeking solutions […]

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Focus on: hand hygiene

For a truly safe church reopening, a touchless restroom experience is key How have you seen the coronavirus pandemic affecting churches, especially in regards to reopening concerns? William (Bill) Gagnon: Churches depend on maintaining a safe environment for their parishioners to gather and worship together as a community. As part of a safe environment, providing […]

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Lights, controls, savings! (And safety, too)

During COVID-19, consider using the facilities’ downtime to drive cost savings — and create safe, clean spaces for the ‘new normal’ The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many churches to operate remotely or with a limited schedule. The empty buildings provide parishes an opportunity to make facility upgrades that will last well beyond the pandemic. LED […]

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Q&A: Want peak buildings performance?

It’s possible to know how your facilities are doing … without stepping foot on campus Many church executives won’t be familiar with the term “telemetry.” What is it, and how does it apply to their roles as large-church leaders and managers? Bob Swanger, MBA, LEED AP: Telemetrysm Powered by Harris, is a proprietary process to […]

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