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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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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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Clergy tax planning… there is a difference

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA When it comes to taxes, clergy people often ask questions such as, “How can I save money or reduce my tax bill?” or “Will itemizing my deductions help reduce my tax bill?” or “How does the Housing Allowance affect my taxes?” You might not realize it, but tax planning for […]

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Vision-Casting: how to integrate church culture, DNA into the design

By Nick Cooper If you’re beginning to think about a new facility, addition, remodel or relocation, you must first understand the culture and DNA of your congregation. Design should be an expression of those values aiding in your mission.

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Getting your systems ready for special events

By Andrew Scriven Christmas and Easter — arguably the two most wonderful, celebrated (also painful / dreaded) events in the life of the church. Most churches go all out to celebrate, incorporating advanced production techniques they don’t normally use — added vocals, special instrumentation, mixed-media presentations, dramatic lighting, special effects, animals … you get the […]

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5 steps to help minimize the impact of an active shooter incident

By Brian Gleason Active shooter incidents have become a concern for all in recent years. These incidents occur without warning and quickly progress.   Although they cannot always be prevented, organizations can take steps to help minimize the impact to their organization, employees or students. Having a plan in place to respond to an active shooter […]

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Engagement is key to Millennial support

By Kristine Miller, CFRE For many churches, figuring out how to engage Millennials in ministry and giving is one of their most pressing concerns. Church leaders often lament the absence of young families from the church’s pledge list and Bible study rosters. Understanding the Millennial mindset is crucial for appealing to this generation that has […]

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