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What engages youth?

  By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA Youth face many challenges in our current culture, where feelings often trump facts and reality is the latest tweet gone viral. Even so, they’re still fundamentally on a formative journey of discovery; they’re still seeking their places in the world. We need to reach out and […]

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Clarifying your role in the second chair

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By Mike Bonem “And all other duties as may be assigned.” This is commonly the last line in a job description. But, the practical reality for many second chair leaders is that this is their first responsibility. This simple truth can be frustrating and confusing.  It’s confusing when you’re not sure what your priorities should […]

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Estate planning: getting affairs in order isn’t just for seniors

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By Matthew D. Hoffman, CFP®, ChFC® When we think about estate planning, drafting a will, and getting your financial affairs in order, millennials aren’t the first demographic group that come to mind. Most people don’t start to think about this topic until they’re a little older and more established; they usually have achieved milestones such […]

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Is your church ready to add a café?

By Mike Bacile The most frequent question I get from churches is, “How do we know if our church should build a café / coffee bar?” A café has so many positive possibilities to offer a church community. However, it should meet three important criteria in order to really produce the fellowship and revenue most […]

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Church communication has changed…have you?

  A look back at the not-so-distant past shows us that communication methods are constantly changing. In 1844, the telegraph made its debut. From there, the Pony Express revolutionized mail delivery in 1860. Real-time, long-distance communication started with the telephone in 1876. And in 1971, Ray Tomlinson sent the first email. Nowadays, how many people […]

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The ins and outs of non-profit audits

By Alex Acree Unlike public companies, nonprofit organizations aren’t legally required to complete an annual financial audit. They don’t need to demonstrate to shareholders and government entities that their finances are in order. There are a few reasons, however, that nonprofits should conduct audits of their financial operations. Large nonprofits that receive more than one […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

What Americans look for in a new church A study conducted by Pew Research Center examines what Americans identify when choosing a new congregation — something that about half of adults do over the course of their lives. About one-third of adults identified relocation as their reason for looking for a new place to worship. […]

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Good governance = good giving

A clear financial plan, including a sound investment policy, protects a church, its ministries and its people from a potentially devastating financial misstep. However, did you know this same plan can actually drive better giving, too? John Regan, Partner and Chief Investment Officer at New York-based Permanens Capital, which counts among its clients several large churches […]

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Creating a culture of generosity in a church plant

While many church plants are simply trying to make it week to week, Shoreline Church in Knoxville, Tenn., leveraged new ways of thinking to eliminate the guesswork for funding ministry. Through data & analytics, Shoreline developed a plan that resulted in a $653,000 one-day offering. It also laid the foundation for a culture of generosity. […]

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Pursuant Acquires TouchPoint Software

Pursuant, Dallas, TX, a fundraising agency, announced their acquisition of TouchPoint Software, LLC, a Memphis, Tennessee web-based church management software system, as of January 1, 2017. TouchPoint provides a church management software system for mobile devices and computers. The software solution was developed by founder and lead developer, David Carroll, as a way to help […]

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