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Still using Excel for your church financial reporting? Come to the cloud: Learn how!

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3 reasons your facilities matter to your ministry

By Donovan Loomis Recently, I was talking with a facilities director who was looking for a way to show his employees how valuable they are to the church. This surprised me, as I felt like most folks in this department already understand why what they do is important (even though others might not see all […]

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7 benefits when leasing your church bus

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By Josh Davey When it’s time to consider transportation for your church, you might be overwhelmed with choices. Although there are many different types of buses that may work for your congregation, starting with the terms of your bus — purchase, rental or lease — is a great place to start. If you’re looking for […]

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Compensation for today’s pastors and church employees

  By Rev. Dr. Perry J. Hopper Compensation can be a sensitive issue for ministers and congregational leaders. They might be adept at collaborating on matters of faith, spiritual health, and the day-to-day functioning of the congregation or ministry. But when it comes to discussing compensation for themselves or their employees, many lack the necessary […]

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The ripple effect

How effective retirement plan design can change a life By Stephen Osborne From the first day on the job until the last paycheck, church staff members look to their key decision-makers for guidance and direction. They trust you to make decisions that are in the best interest of the church, as well as their well-being […]

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Engage churchgoers by incorporating giving technologies into your church community

By Richard Bauer Dropping cash or checks into a collection plate at church is a giving tradition, but digital giving options have fast become the alternative for most churchgoers. Bringing new giving technologies into your church can be exciting and can help improve how you serve your members and the missions you are passionate about. […]

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6 ways to engage major donors

By Doug Turner A major donor is an individual with high financial capacity. These donors are usually solicited 20 to 25 times a year with intentionality from other organizations. Normally, they will support fewer than five. Navigating generosity with major donors often seems perilous in the local church. Pastors are afraid of being misunderstood (i.e., […]

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Using giving data to strengthen your discipleship path

By Joe Park The key to sustainable ministry funding lies right at the heart of the mission of the church: helping persons become fully devoted followers of Christ. When people take their discipleship journey seriously, certain behaviors begin to change, such as frequency in worship, serving on ministry teams, daily prayer, and giving of their […]

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5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH AN INHERITANCE

By Rev. Melody S. Chartier, CFP® Anyone who is fortunate enough to receive an inheritance, whether it is large or small, can understand that it brings them unexpected opportunities — but not everyone will recognize that it also can present some challenges. The Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects that the parents of […]

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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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