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Q&A: Advancements in digital giving

The rise of donor development tools It seems that donor development tools have become a focus related to digital giving. First, what is meant by “donor development”? Troy Pollock: Donor development, or donor management, has been around for a while, especially within the non-profit sector. However, this is a fairly new methodology in the church. […]

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How to come back from a decline in church giving

By Joe Park An increasing number of church leaders are reporting a slow decline in church giving — both in total dollars and in the number of people giving. Over time, this decline could have a devastating effect on a church’s capacity to fund ministry. Yet many churches are experiencing strong growth in giving. And […]

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The care & keeping of your commercial church kitchen

By Rhonda C. Proctor In much the same way that you care for your vehicle to keep it running properly, the equipment in a commercial kitchen needs care and maintenance as well. Don’t worry — it doesn’t require a technical degree; it just takes some organization, a schedule and basic information about when to do […]

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5 steps to repair your credit

If you’re like a lot of Americans, your credit score might be lower than average, and your debt might be higher than what you’d like. A bad credit report or a low credit score can make your financial life difficult and more expensive in many ways. By Colin Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® You might be […]

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Heritage lives here

When a tornado destroyed their church, the father-daughter pastor team of Phil and Sarah Taylor enlisted a pastor’s son and second-generation church builder to help pick up the pieces. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When a devastating tornado touched ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1999, Phil Taylor, his wife Paula, and their daughter Rebekah were […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — by design

An exclusive roundtable produced in conjunction with the National Association of Church Design Builders. Roundtable participants are members of this non-profit organization that serves as a resource for the planning, design and construction of churches and church-related facilities. The goal of NACDB is to educate local churches on how to go about designing, building or […]

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If you are late starting to save for retirement … consider these steps

By Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter, CFP® Everyone is familiar with the advice that most financial planners share about saving for retirement — the best time to start planning and saving for retirement is in your 20s. For any number of reasons, far too many people do not get started that early. Retirement can seem […]

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Going commercial!

3 fundamental truths for building your church’s new kitchen Along with all your other priorities in the new year, your church might be among the 54 percent planning to build, remodel or expand its kitchen* in 2020! If so, three fundamental truths can help you save time and energy, and protect your capital fund. By […]

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Intuitive. Proactive. Peaceful.

MATT KAUTZKY / DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES / BLACKHAWK CHURCH / MIDDLETON, WI  Spanning more than 130,000 square feet, Blackhawk Church transitioned from a (scraps of) paper-based facilities management system to an intuitive platform — all with zero downtime. The platform’s implementation has even fostered the pursuit of a guiding principle for the church: providing a […]

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Churches Can’t Afford Not to Embrace Sustainability

By Katrina Saucier As you read the following case study, consider the implications that can apply to a church that chooses to embrace sustainability. Recently, the largest family-operated distribution company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area became involved with a program sponsored by ISSA, the nonprofit worldwide cleaning association. The Distributor Efficiency Analytics […]

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