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In for a penny, in for a pound

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh After more than a decade meeting in a school, and then in a leased warehouse, Faith and Victory Church in Auburn, Wash. — a suburb of Seattle — was enjoying significant growth: 30 percent, year over year, for several years. The need for a more permanent (and suitable) church home was […]

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Embracing the peaks and valleys

  For Franklin Christian Church, the road to a new facility was paved with obstacles — which turned into opportunities. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh  The pre-construction planning phase for Franklin Christian Church’s (FCC) new facility began in 2016, focusing on the programming and requirements for the space.  But the story of how it came to be […]

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An intro to estate planning

  For ministry leaders, ‘estate planning’ isn’t a priority; plus, a lot of misconceptions surround the process.  To ensure your wishes are carried out and to protect your loved ones, it’s crucial to have a deeper understanding of what estate planning involves — and to get started now, while you can make the best possible […]

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Refinancing gone right

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, Calif., is blessed in many ways — not the least of which is in having land in the highly sought-after Bay Area on which to expand as necessary. “Divine timing” is another factor when it comes to locking in a favorable interest rate for its […]

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What to keep in mind when interest rates rise

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA Remember a few years ago when a gallon of gas was about $2? Or when the average round-trip airline ticket cost about $300? Those days seem long gone as Americans must now pay over 25 percent more for gas and 20 percent to 40 percent more on airline tickets. Prices […]

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Growing the Kingdom in Colorado

J.T. ENGLISH / LEAD PASTOR / LINDSAY ACOCELLA / DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY & OPERATIONS / STORYLINE CHURCH / ARVADA, COLO. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh / Photos by Mike Schueler  Storyline Church was running out of room.  Nestled beneath the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Arvada, Colorado, what had started in 2015 as small church plant […]

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The financial realities of elder care & long-term care insurance

By Rev. James R. Cook, CFP®, RICP® According to Macrotrends.net, the current life expectancy in the U.S. in 2022 was 79.05 years, a 0.08% increase from 2021. People are living longer, which means more and more, younger baby boomers — who might not be prepared for the wide-ranging considerations of eldercare — are faced with […]

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Together We Grow

Using Vision To Ignite Church Growth The new year is the perfect time to set resolutions for your ministry and, for many, the one at the top of the list is church growth. We understand why. Gallup reported that in 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, which is down from 50% […]

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Frugal, yet fantastic

Designing a user experience that supports the vision and ministry of the facility — on a budget By Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP Looking at the really amazing spaces in church design magazines certainly can make one drool. It’s all wonderful if the church has a vast budget, unconstrained land, and a lot of resources. […]

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Church construction financing trends

A lending veteran’s perspective WatersEdge began lending to churches in 1953 and has since partnered with more than 1,600 congregations looking to grow or refinance. During that nearly 70-year span, we’ve seen it all: boom years, recessions, and everything in between.  So, as churches ride the waves of yet another tumultuous period in our nation’s […]

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