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On priorities and compassion in times of crisis: Craig Groeschel

No matter the crisis, whether COVID-19 or something more local to our community, our first priority must be how we minister to people. Having current and real information is key to making necessary decisions in the moment. Answer the question, based on what we know, what is right, now? Don’t let all the other energy […]

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Safer at home or safer at church? Examining small group meetings, now

By Attorney Louis R. Briska The various State Executive Orders requesting people to stay at home during the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic have been commonly referred to as “Stay-at-Home” Orders. The belief held by local, state and federal health officials is that communities can minimize the spread of the Coronavirus by having families stay […]

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Storage made for Sundays

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh If you’re like me, you’re not well-versed in “collaborative media storage.” You might assume (like I did), That’s for the AV or IT staff to think about. While it’s true your content creation and live production teams use collaborative media (video) storage most, there are three really good reasons that you — […]

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Preparing to reopen ministries in America

By Attorney Louis R. Briska In America (Version 2.0, post COVID-19 lockdown), there may be a coming wave of plaintiff’s lawsuits when the various state stay-at-home orders and public gathering limitations are lifted and people begin frequenting businesses and churches. These lawsuits, rooted in a theory of negligence, will allege that Church XYZ did not […]

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Creating a financial plan for your church during the outbreak

By Sam S. Rainer III The pandemic has thrust change upon the church. One of the more jarring changes involves finances. In many established churches, the majority of funds come through in-service giving, not online giving. The first week of service stoppages was a wake-up call. Some churches only received a small portion of weekly […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — through technology

Audio, Video, Lighting, Acoustics (AVLA) • Way Finding & Digital Signage • Security & Surveillance From a professional perspective, when you think about the audio, video and / or lighting elements or technologies that are most engaging in churches right now, what springs to mind? Doug Hood: Any leader who stands on a church stage […]

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How to come back from a decline in church giving

By Joe Park An increasing number of church leaders are reporting a slow decline in church giving — both in total dollars and in the number of people giving. Over time, this decline could have a devastating effect on a church’s capacity to fund ministry. Yet many churches are experiencing strong growth in giving. And […]

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The care & keeping of your commercial church kitchen

By Rhonda C. Proctor In much the same way that you care for your vehicle to keep it running properly, the equipment in a commercial kitchen needs care and maintenance as well. Don’t worry — it doesn’t require a technical degree; it just takes some organization, a schedule and basic information about when to do […]

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Heritage lives here

When a tornado destroyed their church, the father-daughter pastor team of Phil and Sarah Taylor enlisted a pastor’s son and second-generation church builder to help pick up the pieces. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When a devastating tornado touched ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1999, Phil Taylor, his wife Paula, and their daughter Rebekah were […]

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DOING CHURCH DURING DISRUPTION: Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for church leaders

As you navigate and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at your church, please be aware of these valuable resources specifically compiled for houses of worship. This resources list will be updated as additional tools become available. If you have a resource to share, please contact Church Executive Editor in Chief RaeAnn Slaybaugh. Update 5/22/20: New […]

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