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Solid groundwork can ensure your church plant bears fruit

By Rich Poirier The church planting movement is growing across the country — but establishing a new religious organization and actually growing it into a thriving congregation are two different battles. There are a variety of legitimate reasons to consider planting a church. Respondents to a 2016 study by Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network […]

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Leading a legacy

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In 2001, Word of Life Church faced two major setbacks: the senior pastor passed away, and the building project — underway at the time — came back from bid 200 percent over budget. But, 10 years later, the church completed an $11.2-million building project, including a 900-seat sanctuary, offices, adult education areas, […]

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Money habits for millennials

Why young pastors should begin saving early — and how to do it By Colin E. Nass If you’re a millennial, this might not surprise you: Contrary to popular belief, your generation is just as good as other generations — if not better — when it comes to managing money and getting your financial houses […]

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Make giving click

Expert advice for using technology to identify, engage & cultivate first-time givers   What does a first-time giver look like?  Mark Walker: We shouldn’t base our assumption on whether people are young or new in the pew; first-time givers look different, in different churches. As leaders, we should have our finger on the pulse of […]

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The struggle of church business

By Nathan Freeland I had a meeting with Pastor Sam. It didn’t go well. From that meeting, I learned a great deal about what pastors are required to know and do but were never taught. As a pastor, you may often wonder how you can make a greater impact for the Kingdom. I do as […]

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10 tips to prepare your church for financing ministry expansion

Our expertise. Your mission. By Kari Boyce & Chris Lewis Growing ministries face financial and facility capacity constraints on a regular basis. One important question is, How does a ministry prepare for financing its growth? Here is some guidance from a lender’s perspective. Be intentional about managing your records and your books. I’m talking about […]

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Why you need an emergency fund – and how to build one

  By Alina Parizianu You’re driving home from a wonderful vacation and the “check engine” light in your vehicle comes on. The engine is running smoothly, and the transmission is shifting properly, so you continue to drive the vehicle, thinking it will be OK until you can get home and have it checked by your mechanic. Suddenly, […]

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Defying space & thriving downtown

Just a few months ago, First Baptist Tulsa opened the doors of its new four-story, 82,000-square-foot preschool and children’s building. Rendering provided by HH Architects. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh With a community focus, congregational support, a solid plan and the right architectural expertise at the ready, First Baptist Tulsa has (beautifully) overcome the biggest challenge of […]

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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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Why giving stays strong while attendance drops in churches

By Sam S. Rainer III I’ve noticed a recent trend among churches. The evidence is more anecdotal, but I have no doubt the phenomenon is occurring on a national scale. While more than half of all churches are in some form of attendance decline, a segment of these declining churches experiences either stability in giving […]

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