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What is a “great deal” on a piece of land?

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By Rodney James How much does a piece of land really cost? So, you’re ready to relocate your church or start a new campus. Where do you begin? Everyone knows that location, location, location is the most important thing when purchasing real estate. But, for a church wanting to build new facilities on that land, […]

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Creating a better experience for worshipers starts in the business office

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By Tim Grabacki  Churches are businesses. Certainly, they are a special kind of business, with a special mission — but, the business office needs to operate like any qualified department, whether for-profit or not-for-profit. In order to streamline, you need the right tools to function well and thrive. Functioning well lets your church achieve more of its […]

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[Webinar] Leveraging the Cloud for Quick & Easy Financial Reporting for Faith-Based Organizations

Date: Wednesday, May 23 Time: 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET Cost: FREE As a faith-based finance organization, you need to provide up-to-the-minute, accurate information to a variety of stakeholders — pastors, ministers, program managers, and board members. But instead, you’re stuck with manual, Excel-based reporting, resulting in delays and inaccurate data. Learn why […]

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Solid financial practices pay dividends for churches

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By Jason Terrell In today’s world of rapidly changing expectations, all areas of ministry come under scrutiny — and none more so than the church’s finances.  So, how can a ministry do what it takes to keep itself financially sound?   To start, make sure your church management software integrates with a strong financial software designed […]

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Communicating about stewardship

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By Hillary Bowling When many people hear the term “stewardship,” there’s often a tendency to think “money” — and even more specifically, Oh boy … they’re going to talk about money again today.  But you know that stewardship can involve myriad possibilities for making an “invitation to give”… yes, of treasure, but also — and […]

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5 tips for choosing the right bus for your church

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By Josh Davey Churches rely on buses to transport their members to and from church, kids to youth events, and travel for outreach or mission trips. When the need arises to purchase transportation (to start or add to the fleet), it’s important to know what to look for when you begin making your selection. Here […]

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CHILDREN’S SPACES: Spring time = play time!

By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB I have something to confess: My first church memories were not of bible stories, or of the nice minister who would bend down to shake my hand after services. My earliest childhood memory of church was playing the game, Red Rover.  Do you remember it? Red rover, red […]

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Expert Q&A: Christian school design — solid strategies

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Designing a school is a specialized endeavor. Designing a Christian school? Even more so. So, if starting a school is on your church’s horizon, you’ll appreciate the advice of these two knowledgeable architecture experts.   Is your firm often enlisted to design Christian schools? Scott Nelson: Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) serves as a ministry […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Bible study participants Barna, in partnership with Bible Study Fellowship, surveyed Christians in America who participate in Bible studies, to learn more about how, why and when they study. Participating in a “Bible Study” is defined as using prepared Bible study materials both individually and in a group. Fifty-eight percent of Christians choose to participate […]

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Armed security — is it a wise option for you?

Violence at worship centers — including numerous shootings — has religious organizations across the country struggling with the question of the need for armed security. A violent act at a place of worship is almost always going to be one of the worst tactical situations you can create. It’s a close, crowded area where 99.9 […]

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