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What winter means for your church

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By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM  With winter on the horizon, you and your church need to be prepared. In addition to the cold, snow and wind, winter conditions can cause substantial damage to buildings. Even prior to winter, the fall can bring about wear and tear due to the changes in temperature and moisture levels. […]

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When to choose a fund accounting solution

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Due to the nature of their work, churches are held to a high standard of accountability by internal and external stakeholders. Without a financial solution designed to comply with non-profit accounting standards, it can be challenging to demonstrate transparency and fiscal responsibility to constituents. While commercial accounting software can be configured to meet basic financial […]

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Preventive maintenance and capital planning

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What’s the cost of not investing now ? By Donovan Loomis   Thom Rainer recently shared a list of the top 10 questions pastors ask him, and No. 2 was, What do I do about our aging facilities? Every church will inevitably have to ask this question. Preventive maintenance (PM) and capital planning will help ensure […]

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Church child care centers: a financially sustainable ministry solution

Church facilities have long been a vastly underused ministry tool, with most spaces left vacant during the week besides an occasional bible study or evening meeting. What would happen to our ministries if we used our buildings seven days a week and reduced overhead expenses by two-thirds or more? By stewarding these unused spaces more effectively, […]

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How running to failure affects churches’ facilities

By Donovan Loomis Being intentional in managing your facilities has very little impact on how effectively the church can carry out the mission, right? Wrong. While the church’s primary mission is spreading the gospel, we have to take care of our most expensive assets if we want to have the resources, long term, to help […]

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Intentional planning, practical action

Cost-effective strategies for managing infrastructure By Matthew Swain, RS New buildings are a lot like new cars — they don’t usually require a lot of upkeep, at first, to keep them operating. The problem with new buildings, however, lies in the myth that I hear year after year from clients: It’s new, so it doesn’t […]

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Clarifying your role in the second chair

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By Mike Bonem “And all other duties as may be assigned.” This is commonly the last line in a job description. But, the practical reality for many second chair leaders is that this is their first responsibility. This simple truth can be frustrating and confusing.  It’s confusing when you’re not sure what your priorities should […]

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The 4 pillars to good facility stewardship

By Donovan Loomis Between Sunday worship, youth activities, and all the groups that meet throughout the week, your church is a hub of activity. Your congregation relies on the facilities to not only be a place of worship, but also a launching pad for ministry. Church leaders are expected to be intentional in how they […]

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Saved by the Sensor!

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5 technology experts explain (in plain English) how these small, easy-to-install innovations can save your church’s life — or, at the very least, its budget Recently, Church Mutual partnered with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB), a Munich RE company, to offer a state-of-the-art sensor technology program to houses of worship. It makes a lot of sense, […]

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RISE FROM THE ASHES: How leaders at historic First Baptist Church Magee rebuilt — better than ever — after a $2-million fire

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By Joyce Guzowski For historic First Baptist Church Magee, of Magee, Miss. — founded nearly 120 years ago — the unthinkable happened on December 11, 2013. As a police officer was driving by in the early morning hours, he noticed a flicker of light behind a frosted window — in an area that should not […]

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