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Surveying the lending landscape

Supply chain issues. Rising interest rates. A reimagined worship environment. All these factors — and more — are likely to impact church financing now and in years to come. Church Executive: Tell me about your organization and its history working with churches. David Lee: Thrivent has been serving the financing needs of churches for more […]

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The financial realities of home improvement projects

By Keith R. Davenport, CFP® With the growing popularity of HGTV and other networks, homeowners are presented with glamorous home makeovers and improvement projects. It all looks beautiful on the screen, but how much will that project cost? And will it increase your home’s value? Let’s look at the realities. At some point, most homeowners […]

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A church for the city

  With stained-glass windows and ornate pillars juxtaposing stained concrete and steel, Frontline Church’s downtown Oklahoma City location merges historical beauty with a modern renovated space for the community. By Carla Hinton • Photos by Marcus Wehmuller • Additional reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh The transition from house church living room to one of the most […]

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How functional design helps drive financing

When the term “engaging design” comes up, the financing part of the equation might seem unrelated.  Nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve been working in the church loan market, exclusively, for more than 16 years. I’ve known Bruce Woody, President and CEO of HH Architects, that entire time. Our organizations attend and sponsor […]

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Engagement is for everyone!

An experienced church architect discusses what “engaging design” really means — and it’s a lot more than bricks-and-mortar Church Executive: The topic of “designing for maximum engagement” is top of mind for you and your team. Why? Bruce Woody: During COVID, there was such a period of disengagement. Church leaders demonstrated their flexibility by shifting […]

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Better design builds better connections

JOHN MEADOR  / PASTOR / CROSS CITY CHURCH / EULESS, TX With its Generations Project, Cross City Church is preparing its facilities to reach people for years to come. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh The Generations Project at Cross City Church isn’t Pastor John Meador’s first major building initiative. It is, however, his favorite.  “I’ve built several […]

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Church construction forecast: 2022

It’s all about timing! By Rodney C. James As they say, “timing is everything.”  When forecasting for church construction this year, there can’t be a more accurate statement. In 2021, we all saw crazy increases in the prices of construction materials, sometimes daily. While some of the chaos of pricing fluctuation has stabilized, the new […]

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Are you sabotaging your credit score?

By Colin Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® Your credit score is one of your most important assets.  It should be treated with care because it impacts your overall financial health. Your credit score influences how much money you’ll spend on interest and fees. A very good credit score will likely get you the best rates and […]

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The hidden costs of job relocation

    By Vincent J. Schera, ACC®, CCP® You’re excited to start a new position, or to accept a new call to a church or organization that you’ve been offered in another city or state. The compensation package is an improvement over what you are currently receiving, and the location seems ideal for you and […]

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Radical obedience, reimagined space, real impact

In their new, reimagined church home — a former Best Buy — Forward City Church can finally do ministry the way its founders have always dreamed of By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Pastor Travis Greene and his wife, Dr. Jackie Greene, started Forward City just five years ago after relocating to Columbia, SC from Charlotte.  Though the […]

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