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Giving Tuesday Online Gifts to Churches Grow by 34% in 2019

Ministry Brands, a leading provider of church software and online giving, announced today a 34% increase in transactions and a 7% lift in gift size over last year, as processed through its platforms for the 2019 Giving Tuesday event. These significant increases reflect giving across all of the religious organizations combined that use Ministry Brands’ […]

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Getting the Most From Your ChMS

If you know how to maximize it, your system can fuel more effective outreach, streamline discipleship, inform expansion — and so much more. How can church management system (ChMS) data fuel better, more effective outreach efforts? Andy Jobst: Outreach is a vital initiative for the Church. Registered members of the congregation are the workers in […]

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The Top Church Executive Articles of 2019

By Skylar Griego As we start wrapping up the year and shopping for 2020 planners, now is a good time to look back on 2019 and see the big picture that’s formed throughout the year. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. We cover a […]

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Transitioning from one church leader to the next

There are so many churches in America that have a long, proud history. Some houses of worship have been attended by generations of the same family, as much a part of a community’s history as the ancestors of the people living in it. Like all members of a community, churches grow and evolve, with members […]

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4 essentials to nurture your donors

Donor engagement essentials to create thriving communities By Troy Pollock Every season has its rhythms, and the year-end holidays are no different. As we embark on a season filled with family, traditions, vacations and generosity, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our to-do list. We have sermons to prep, parties to attend, school outings, […]

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Giving Made Easy

How to choose the right platforms for your unique church What common mistakes do you observe churches making as they introduce new giving options to their congregations? Are there resources or expertise you can offer to help them more effectively communicate the availability and use of these new giving options to church members?  Frazier: Often, […]

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Aging in place and the rising need for inclusive community programs

By Kathryn McCormack Let’s talk numbers. Between 2006 and 2030, the number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to nearly double, from 37 million to 71.5 million. By 2050, 20% of the population will be 65+, for a total of 88.5 million seniors. This growth is largely due to the […]

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Building a church directory team

By Donna Hammond So, you’ve been assigned the job of “directory administrator.” It can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. But, you don’t have to go it alone. To make this project fun and uniting — not isolating — organize a directory team. There are just a few […]

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Most U.S. congregations saw increases in either participation or giving

More U.S. congregations saw increases in participation and giving than experienced declines, a new study from Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI found. Although fewer Americans are claiming a religious affiliation and the percentage of individuals who are members of a congregation is declining, these findings only tell part of the story. The National […]

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Preparing your church for growth: 3 key strategies

By Kerry Jones  You spend hours working on sermons. You spend money, time and effort building outreach programs. You evaluate those programs and community involvement constantly in an effort to grow attendance at your church. But is your church facility prepared to handle that growth? If you’re not sure, here are 3 important keys that […]

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