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Churches should be watching the safety of their cash deposits amid bank loan losses from vacant commercial real estate

Ensure that your church’s bank deposits are safe…no matter which bank you use! By Mike Batts, CPA Remote work is still a strong force after the COVID-19 pandemic, with many businesses allowing their employees to work remotely. Remote work’s lingering reality has significantly reduced the demand for commercial office and business space. The resulting increase […]

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The best jobs for retired clergy

By Rev. Earl Thorpe, Ph.D. We often consider retirement the end of a person’s vocational journey. But if, as Shakespeare wrote, “all the world is a stage,” retirement might just be the end of the first act in a clergyperson’s calling and the beginning of the second act in their life of service.  While many […]

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Ready to refinance?

Consider these in-the-trenches, professional perspectives   Church Executive: With interest rates as they are, is it still a good time to consider refinancing? Charity Kuehn: Every situation is a little different. There will be times when you’ll be forced to refinance during a higher-interest-rate environment because your loan comes due. If so, there are lots […]

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Weighing the cost of waiting

  By Chris Lewis Over the last year, a dramatic shift in interest rates has served to stall a large portion of refinancing efforts. The difference in the rate a church is currently paying, and the existing market rates, is substantial in many cases. This is creating an appropriate pause in ministry refinancing because the […]

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Cybersecurity and social media: 

How to protect your church’s data — and your own By Sharon McDowell Whether we realize it or not, social media is a double-edged sword. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, among others, have become an integral part of our daily lives, and a valuable tool for churches to engage with their congregations and […]

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What you need to know about Social Security NOW!

By Alina Parizianu, CFP®, MBA, RICP® The days when Americans could count on pensions from their employers are long gone, as fewer and fewer organizations offer them to their staff. While pensions are becoming an endangered species, Social Security remains the primary source of guaranteed lifetime retirement income for many older adults. In addition, unlike […]

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Preparing to build?

3 strategies that will take you from start to success By Jeremy Moore Your church has not only survived a pandemic, but it’s actually growing — how amazing! As a church family, you’ve emerged from an incredibly disruptive and uncertain season and now find yourselves needing to build or expand.  If this scenario resonates, you’re […]

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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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Taking teamwork to a new level

Kingsland Baptist Church’s second campus demonstrates the value and good stewardship of faith + community partnerships By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When building a new campus, what if the church wasn’t responsible for every piece of the puzzle? What if, to create their facilities, the church spent more time building relationships rather than raising funds? What if […]

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Minimizing interest expense, maximizing ministry

A commitment to consistent financial stewardship — and the guidance of a like-hearted lending partner — enabled Blackhawk Church to set a course for debt elimination. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For the finance team at Blackhawk Church in Madison, Wisc., solid financial stewardship is a priority. Led by Director of Accounting & Administration Jon Mueller and […]

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