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Monitoring: the key to surviving wildfires for church retreats

By Thomas J. Kluxdal Perched high in Northern California’s Sierra Mountains, Camp Peaceful Pines has served more than 60 summers as a rustic retreat for those affiliated with the Pacific Southwest District of the Church of the Brethren. Generations of campers have been drawn to the site’s awe-inspiring views in Alpine County, California—and by the […]

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What a powerful, affordable church app can do for your ministry

Ministry Brands is excited to announce the September 10th launch of an affordable, new mobile church app for Apple and Android platforms — MinistryOne! By Valerie Russell People are more connected to their phones now than ever before. Studies show people in the U.S. spend up to 5 hours a day on smartphones, and 85% of […]

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You can’t afford to lose your facility manager’s intellectual knowledge

By Donovan Loomis The value your facility manager holds for your church goes far beyond the work he or she does to keep the facilities running. In fact, when it comes to your church’s long-term financial sustainability, this individual might even have more valuable information in his or her head than anyone else.

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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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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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Are you properly maintaining your church bus? 6 critical to-do’s

By Josh Davey Whether your bus is new or used, keeping it in top condition requires diligent and regular maintenance. Many bus owners use a daily vehicle maintenance checklist, some with pre- and post-trip maintenance check requirements, due to their continuous use. Typically, buses are high-mileage vehicles that are constantly shuttling people from Point A […]

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3 reasons your facilities matter to your ministry

By Donovan Loomis Recently, I was talking with a facilities director who was looking for a way to show his employees how valuable they are to the church. This surprised me, as I felt like most folks in this department already understand why what they do is important (even though others might not see all […]

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7 benefits when leasing your church bus

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By Josh Davey When it’s time to consider transportation for your church, you might be overwhelmed with choices. Although there are many different types of buses that may work for your congregation, starting with the terms of your bus — purchase, rental or lease — is a great place to start. If you’re looking for […]

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Severe Weather Preparedness: A 3-Step Action Plan

By Church Mutual Insurance Extreme weather can strike at any time. To make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store this summer, follow this three-step action plan. It tells you how to protect your buildings, grounds, people and property from unnecessary risks. STEP 1: WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE STORM Perhaps the most important […]

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Active shooter awareness & training: a remote roundtable discussion

In a lot of churches, an “it-can’t-happen-here” mentality prevails. So, how big of a threat is an active-shooter situation for churches in the United States? And more important, what can church leaders do to mitigate this threat? We asked two seasoned church security experts for their thoughts. Overall, are most churches adequately prepared to respond […]

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