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The future of church funding growth

By David Thoroughman One of the challenges churches face is how to accelerate their vision through project-based funding initiatives. It requires a church to craft a clear vision and purpose and articulate it through a case for support. Additionally, a church will need to outline how the goal can be achieved and invite its people […]

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ON THE SHADY SIDE

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Perhaps better than anyone else in the United States, Arizonans know the value of being able to park in the shade. It’s a major perk.  And now, Scottsdale Bible Church — which has appeared on lists of the largest churches in America (and is certainly one of the biggest churches in the […]

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IS “COMPLIANCE” A SCARY WORD?

  Here’s how to avoid some common payroll mistakes Church Executive: Why is it important for a church to understand the differences between an employee and a contractor — and what are those differences?   Sarah Barham: It’s important to understand the differences because of the employer’s tax responsibility and reporting requirements. The church will […]

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Enjoying made-to-order ministry space

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh BRIAN BALES  / LEAD PASTOR / CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP CHURCH / ASHBURN, VA The new Christian Fellowship Church (Building) in Ashburn, Va., took many of its unique, contemporary style cues from the surrounding community Over 30+ years, leaders at Christian Fellowship Church grew adept at making ministry work in a former manufacturing […]

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Givelify releases 2022 Giving in Faith Report

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Givelify, an award-winning online and mobile giving app platform, announced the release of its 2022 Giving in Faith report, which explores trends in the faith-based community. This year’s groundbreaking report delivers direct insight into the impact the continuing COVID-19 pandemic had on church attendance, digital adoption, community outreach and giving. Givelify partnered with the Lake Institute on […]

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4 ways to re-engage your congregation after the summer slump

Leverage technology to maximize outreach and build community this fall By Brian Byersdorf As a church leader, you’re probably feeling the so-called “summer slump” harder than usual in your attendance and tithing. Referring to the seemingly inevitable dip in church participation between June and August, the summer slump of 2022 has been exacerbated by several […]

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Together we can overcome the summer slump

Recurring giving is a gamechanger for maintaining generosity By Shanda Boyett With COVID nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s been so refreshing and joyful to meet in-person with our Church families again. And yet, many congregations are about to thin out once more. The annual ‘summer slump’ has arrived. You’re undoubtedly aware of the trend: […]

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Made in the SHADE

For one of the country’s biggest, fastest-growing churches, solar structures make a lot of ministry (and monetary) sense In the Phoenix metro area, Christ’s Church of the Valley is a household name. Around the country, it’s similarly well-known as the second-largest and fastest-growing church in America, according to the 2021 Outreach 100 list.  But even […]

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Guidance for smart investing

The term “smart investing” can strike fear in the hearts of clergy — but if this rings true for you, you’re in good company. Many professionals grapple with how to invest intelligently, so the results can fall short of what’s possible.  In this Remote Roundtable Discussion, church executives discuss smart investing strategies with the pros, […]

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Is it time to outsource your church accounting?

  By Sarah Barham Managing church finances can be a daunting task even under the most favorable circumstances. Factor in complex tax reports, bank reconciliations, and ever-changing IRS and state guidelines, and you can guarantee church staff is overspending valuable time on workarounds for processes that could be intuitively streamlined. With outsourced ministry accounting services, […]

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