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The One. The Few. The Many.

By Kristine Miller Taken from Aristotle’s view of a balanced democracy, “the one, the few, and the many” refers to the segments that shape our communities and organizations. In our churches, the one, the few, and the many reflects the various ways in which people engage in ministry and giving. Typically, churches implement a one-size-fits-all […]

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Why now is the perfect time to rethink a church app

If your ministry accepts digital gifts (or is considering it), there’s a good chance you’ve discussed adding a church app. But, something stopped you from taking the leap. Maybe the timing wasn’t right, or there wasn’t enough staff support. Perhaps the cost wasn’t within budget, or the features you wanted just weren’t there. Since that […]

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Still using Excel for your church financial reporting? Come to the cloud: Learn how!

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Learn how “Cloud Computing” can do the heavy lifting for you. Join Church Executive and Sage Intacct for a FREE WEBINAR:   Wednesday, September 26 10 am ET / 9 am CT / 7 am PT In just 60 minutes, we’ll tell you how to “Leverage the Cloud for Quick & Easy Financial Reporting for  Faith-Based […]

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Highly relational, by design

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In form and function, relationship is at the heart of everything FBC Covington does as a church. Here’s how that commitment translates into the design of its 180,000-square-foot worship, education and commons expansion.

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Church Trends and Statistics

The relationship between volunteering and giving The Generosity Gap, a recent report by Barna produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial shows that volunteering is considered one of the most generous acts possible. The report also examines the correlation between volunteering and other forms of generosity — in particular, financial giving.

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Clergy tax planning… there is a difference

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA When it comes to taxes, clergy people often ask questions such as, “How can I save money or reduce my tax bill?” or “Will itemizing my deductions help reduce my tax bill?” or “How does the Housing Allowance affect my taxes?” You might not realize it, but tax planning for […]

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Delivering planned giving results

By Michael Prior, J.D. In our first two installments, this series discussed: So, what exactly is planned giving? and Recognizing planned giving as a ministry. Now, we’ll examine how a proactive planned giving stewardship program can deliver impressive, real-world results.

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Vision-Casting: how to integrate church culture, DNA into the design

By Nick Cooper If you’re beginning to think about a new facility, addition, remodel or relocation, you must first understand the culture and DNA of your congregation. Design should be an expression of those values aiding in your mission.

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3 reasons your facilities matter to your ministry

By Donovan Loomis Recently, I was talking with a facilities director who was looking for a way to show his employees how valuable they are to the church. This surprised me, as I felt like most folks in this department already understand why what they do is important (even though others might not see all […]

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How to retain & expand supporters through digital giving: expert Q&A

What do churches need to know about the correlation between digital giving and engagement — especially if they haven’t thought about it before? Richard A. Bauer: In my experience — having dealt with many Christian churches across the country — those who are excelling at digital giving are also leveraging the digital features of their […]

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