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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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[Webinar] Leveraging the Cloud for Quick & Easy Financial Reporting for Faith-Based Organizations

Date: Wednesday, May 23 Time: 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET Cost: FREE As a faith-based finance organization, you need to provide up-to-the-minute, accurate information to a variety of stakeholders — pastors, ministers, program managers, and board members. But instead, you’re stuck with manual, Excel-based reporting, resulting in delays and inaccurate data. Learn why […]

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SHANE WARREN & THE ASSEMBLY: A (construction) course correction

Changeup! How a 96-year-old church made a tough call in the “bottom of the ninth” of their $15-million building project — and emerged beautifully By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Fourteen years ago, Lead Pastor Shane Warren arrived at The Assembly, a 96-year-old church in West Monroe, La. Like many long-established congregations, the church was facing a season […]

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Selecting the right bus for your church

As a church leader, investing in a church bus probably isn’t something you do every day. Moreover, bus maintenance and operation procedures might not be the most familiar territory, either. That is why we enlisted a group of leading church transportation experts — from insurers, to dealers, to bus manufacturers — to help you select […]

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Will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect YOUR CHURCH?

  On Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) which represents the most substantial overhaul of the tax code since the 1990s. The Act brings significant changes to individual and corporate income tax filers. How will the Act affect tax exempt organizations — and specifically, religious organizations? Churches and […]

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