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Show me the money! Borrowing-capacity tips for churches

Before you talk with any lending group, your church will need to fully understand the ups and downs of its last three years of financial statements. Church lenders will always focus on undesignated income, cash flow, debt and equity trends.  The first thing churches really want to know, however, is their borrowing capacity. Determining this […]

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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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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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Buy, renovate or build?

How to determine your best path forward By Rodney C. James It doesn’t matter if yours is a more recent church plant looking for its first potential forever home or a well-established church where facilities are hindering you from fulfilling your God-given vision: answering the question, “What do we do next?” has implications that can […]

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Setting up your church for successful financing 

Every day, I talk to church leaders who are looking for additional financial support. They’ve grown frustrated with their current loan (or lack thereof).  All too often, the conversation becomes an explanation of why a bank isn’t likely to be interested in a project or loan and then a few basic changes to consider for […]

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