FINANCE Archives - Church Executive


What is a “great deal” on a piece of land?

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By Rodney James How much does a piece of land really cost? So, you’re ready to relocate your church or start a new campus. Where do you begin? Everyone knows that location, location, location is the most important thing when purchasing real estate. But, for a church wanting to build new facilities on that land, […]

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[Webinar] Leveraging the Cloud for Quick & Easy Financial Reporting for Faith-Based Organizations

Date: Wednesday, May 23 Time: 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET Cost: FREE As a faith-based finance organization, you need to provide up-to-the-minute, accurate information to a variety of stakeholders — pastors, ministers, program managers, and board members. But instead, you’re stuck with manual, Excel-based reporting, resulting in delays and inaccurate data. Learn why […]

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Communicating about stewardship

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By Hillary Bowling When many people hear the term “stewardship,” there’s often a tendency to think “money” — and even more specifically, Oh boy … they’re going to talk about money again today.  But you know that stewardship can involve myriad possibilities for making an “invitation to give”… yes, of treasure, but also — and […]

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Measure what matters to invest in what matters

Bridging the gap between the business office and the pastoral office By Brad Leeper As a church leader with a Kingdom-first perspective, you likely have two goals that are the primary threads woven through the fabric of all you do within your church. First, you seek to develop your people’s individual relationships with Christ. Second, […]

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Selecting the right bus for your church

As a church leader, investing in a church bus probably isn’t something you do every day. Moreover, bus maintenance and operation procedures might not be the most familiar territory, either. That is why we enlisted a group of leading church transportation experts — from insurers, to dealers, to bus manufacturers — to help you select […]

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Engaging and discipling your church’s financial leaders

Joel Mikell, Partner at Horizons Stewardship, and Doug Turner, President of Culture of Ready, answer your important follow-up questions to their Webinar, “Engaging and Discipling Your Church’s Financial Leaders,” now available at www.churchexecutive.com/webinars. What message would you suggest for helping Financial Leaders to know the life changes that their giving is empowering? Joel Mikell: There’s […]

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Will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect YOUR CHURCH?

  On Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) which represents the most substantial overhaul of the tax code since the 1990s. The Act brings significant changes to individual and corporate income tax filers. How will the Act affect tax exempt organizations — and specifically, religious organizations? Churches and […]

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Maximizing the 403(b) plan … for employees AND employers

By Colin E. Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® & James R. Cook, CFP® Retirement savings plans, such as the 403(b) plan, offer benefits to both employees and employers First, let’s look at how employees can make the most of a 403(b) plan. For many, saving for retirement is one of the largest goals we will need […]

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COLLIN LUCAS & CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP OF LIVERMORE: Leaps & bounds — and lending, too!

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the […]

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How a pastor conquered his fundraising “learning curve” (in a big way!)

In 1992, Dr. Brent Taylor joined the staff at First Baptist Carrollton as the summer youth minister. Seven years later, he was lead pastor. It was his first pastor position. As a new, young pastor, he admits that fundraising represented a very steep learning curve. “I grew up in the church and was part of […]

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