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HOMEBUYING 101

  By Rev. James Cook, CFP®, RICP® Becoming a homeowner is an important financial goal for many people and is viewed as a significant “step up the financial ladder.” But if you have never purchased a home before, the decisions and process can seem daunting. In this article, we will give a general overview of […]

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JEREMY HOLLEY + IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Driving better stewardship with managed accounting services

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh They say change is hard — but sometimes, it’s worth it. Such is the case at Immanuel Baptist Church, where leaders are discovering the benefits of outsourcing their accounting services: better oversight, increased efficiency, more transparency/accessibility, and cost savings. It was even instrumental in recovering nearly $200,000 in “lost” online gifts […]

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Your summer doesn’t have to slump — 4 ways to prepare now

Summer is a busy season filled with travel plans, vacations, and shifting schedules. However, amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s important to remember that even when we’re on vacation, your mission isn’t on pause. Wherever life takes your community this summer, you’ll want to make sure that your church and the gospel message are only […]

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Together We Disciple

Tailoring Ministry To Resonate With Each Generation Every church leader has a deep desire to connect, resonate with, and grow their people. And while they might all belong to one church body, a factor that influences how each person will experience church and growth is their generation. Each one has its own unique characteristics, beliefs, […]

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Options for churches seeking audits

Churches desiring to employ an audit with respect to their financial operations may opt for various approaches depending on their size, scope, and complexity. By Mike Batts, CPA Audits are conducted by parties who are either external or internal to the church. Smaller churches use internal accountability processes typically performed by members of the churches’ […]

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YOURS, MINE, THEIRS AND OURS:

Managing your money as a couple By Alex Kim When Jessica and Zach first got engaged, they opened a joint bank account to save for their wedding. They each agreed to put in a certain amount from their paychecks each week, and they easily settled on a budget that included the wedding dress, how many […]

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Love + fortify + support

  Westside Family Church is committed to serving local families with world-class, comprehensive emotional + spiritual care By RaeAnn Slaybaugh All photos by Brian Canaday By any measure, Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kan., is a healthy, growing and vibrant church-family. In 2021, Westside’s leaders began to pray about their next season of impact. In […]

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Questions To Ask When Choosing A Church App or Giving Provider

When was the last time you evaluated your church’s app or giving provider? Digital tools play an important role in fulfilling the mission of the church, and having the right tools can make the difference between draining your resources and growing your impact. Here are the top questions to ask when considering a new technology […]

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Together We Engage

Strategies to Beat the Summer Slump Easter has passed, and the next big focus on the calendar is the summer. It’s natural for many people to start thinking about planning vacations or spending more time outdoors. But for churches with members taking off for travel and relaxation, the summer often ushers in a “summer slump”—a […]

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FINANCIAL RESERVES:

  Does my church really need them? From Thrivent Church Financing We talk to church leaders every day. Our team understands your concerns about meeting your ministry’s needs today and tomorrow. We’re going to set out to convince you that saving for a “rainy day” is being a good steward — and generous and wise […]

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