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Severe Weather Preparedness: A 3-Step Action Plan

By Church Mutual Insurance Extreme weather can strike at any time. To make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store this summer, follow this three-step action plan. It tells you how to protect your buildings, grounds, people and property from unnecessary risks. STEP 1: WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE STORM Perhaps the most important […]

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Say Yes(!) To The Next Generation

Steve Williams Northpointe Church

Capital campaigns are nothing new to Steve Williams, Senior Pastor at NorthPointe Community Church in Fresno, Calif. Even so, engaging professional expertise has been a great asset in helping this church meet — and exceed — its ambitious $5-million goal to fund a new children’s facility. In 1980, Steve Williams joined his childhood friend, Rick […]

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CHURCH TRENDS & STATS

Churchgoer giving study: new findings, new surprises By Richard Bauer Vanco Payment Solutions released the results of its second groundbreaking survey of churchgoers’ attitudes, preferences, and behaviors toward electronic giving late last year. In August, an online survey of more than 1,000 U.S. Christian churchgoers was conducted, similar to the one used in the organization’s […]

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Decision-making: facts (data-driven) VS. opinions (emotion-driven)

By Scott A. Nelson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Data is changing the way our world operates. Need convincing? Simply type “data” into Google’s search bar, and 0.47 seconds later you will have more than 1.7 billion results of data’s impact. From Facebook’s collecting / harvesting / selling of user data, to data breaches and scandals […]

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The ripple effect

How effective retirement plan design can change a life By Stephen Osborne From the first day on the job until the last paycheck, church staff members look to their key decision-makers for guidance and direction. They trust you to make decisions that are in the best interest of the church, as well as their well-being […]

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Engage churchgoers by incorporating giving technologies into your church community

By Richard Bauer Dropping cash or checks into a collection plate at church is a giving tradition, but digital giving options have fast become the alternative for most churchgoers. Bringing new giving technologies into your church can be exciting and can help improve how you serve your members and the missions you are passionate about. […]

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6 ways to engage major donors

By Doug Turner A major donor is an individual with high financial capacity. These donors are usually solicited 20 to 25 times a year with intentionality from other organizations. Normally, they will support fewer than five. Navigating generosity with major donors often seems perilous in the local church. Pastors are afraid of being misunderstood (i.e., […]

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Using giving data to strengthen your discipleship path

By Joe Park The key to sustainable ministry funding lies right at the heart of the mission of the church: helping persons become fully devoted followers of Christ. When people take their discipleship journey seriously, certain behaviors begin to change, such as frequency in worship, serving on ministry teams, daily prayer, and giving of their […]

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Considering stained glass?

6 steps to choosing the right studio By John Phillips Stained glass for your church is one of the most important and lasting purchases you’ll ever make. Stained glass has powerful artistic impact. It conveys a spiritual message to your congregation and community. It also contributes to the interior and exterior fabric of the building […]

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5 TIPS FOR DEALING WITH AN INHERITANCE

By Rev. Melody S. Chartier, CFP® Anyone who is fortunate enough to receive an inheritance, whether it is large or small, can understand that it brings them unexpected opportunities — but not everyone will recognize that it also can present some challenges. The Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy projects that the parents of […]

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