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Partner seminaries offer one-of-a-kind education

By Jenny Williams & Mandy Ford Students at Bethany Theological Seminary and Earlham School of Religion (ESR) get more to their educational experience than meets the eye. As seminaries across the country are downsizing, merging, or closing, these two schools in Richmond, Indiana, intend to keep building on a partnership that began a quarter of […]

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5 best practices for communicating inclement weather closings for faith-based communities

From hurricanes to blizzards and everything in between, inclement weather is a part of nature. So are the challenges of managing the logistical factors involved in protecting your members when harsh weather comes calling. While a well-organized plan can minimize confusion and maximize safety, failure to properly address severe weather conditions can threaten everything from […]

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5 steps to effectively launch a new church app

The secret is out — people LOVE using church apps, and it’s easy to see why. Apps make connecting with the ministry simple and convenient because smartphones are accessible. People carry them everywhere they go (even if it’s just from the kitchen to the couch). Of current smartphone owners, more than 80 percent prefer using […]

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[November 8 Webinar] Is your approach to generosity throwing your church out of balance?

Is your approach to generosity throwing your church out of balance? Attend this free webinar! Date: Thursday, November 8 Time: 11 AM ET / 8 AM PT     If you’re using a “one-size-fits-all” approach to generosity, your church might be suffering the consequences. In this thought-provoking 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn about: “THE ONE” — […]

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Debt-free education is within reach

By Jenny Williams Educational debt is an issue for many students across the country, and seminary students are no exception. At Bethany, recipients of the Pillars and Pathways Residency Scholarship can complete their seminary education without incurring additional educational or consumer debt. “No student should be limited in following God’s call by financial debt incurred […]

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Answering the Call: Providing Support After a Disaster

  By Church Mutual Insurance When disaster strikes, the effects are often felt across the country. Although the greatest devastation usually occurs in a concentrated geographical region, caring people from across the country feel a calling to help out however they can. Events such as hurricanes and tornadoes have been met with a great outpouring […]

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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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You can’t afford to lose your facility manager’s intellectual knowledge

By Donovan Loomis The value your facility manager holds for your church goes far beyond the work he or she does to keep the facilities running. In fact, when it comes to your church’s long-term financial sustainability, this individual might even have more valuable information in his or her head than anyone else.

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5 facility “musts” to compete for young families

By Rodney James The culture of our nation is much different than it was two decades ago. And because of those differences, the church has been challenged to meet the perceived and real needs of this generation.  Many young families are leaving the traditional churches they were raised in, setting aside their denominational loyalties and […]

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Protective covering: an integral part in preserving stained glass windows

By John Phillips Just think how wonderful it would be if, once your stained glass windows were installed or restored,  they simply stayed in pristine condition. That would mean little heat or air-conditioning loss through them, and no vandalism or weather elements damage. Actually, this is a possibility: To maintain the original condition of the windows, […]

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