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The Church has benefited from Facebook. But should we embrace Zuckerberg’s Metaverse?

By Dr Pete Phillips Is the recent Facebook rebrand a business decision to distance themselves from bad publicity, or a genuine response to what Mark Zuckerberg sees as the future of the internet? And what exactly is a metaverse anyway? In the last few months, Facebook has become embroiled in a number of problems around […]

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Following up on Carson v. Makin

A key First Amendment case progresses; addresses government funding for churches and church schools Church Executive has been following the recent string of Supreme Court cases which are sorting out the First Amendment guardrails defining the extent to which church schools and other church-affiliates are entitled to participate in government tuition and other subsidy programs. […]

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Two Congregations Receive 2020 Widow’s Mite Award

In partnership with American Baptist Churches USA, MMBB Financial Services is honored to present the 2020 Widow’s Mite Award to two outstanding churches for their extraordinary efforts; Parkchester Baptist Church, Bronx, New York and First Baptist Church, Mattoon, Illinois.  These congregations were chosen for their tireless effort and steadfast commitment to their communities and to […]

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MMBB Awarded Grant of $500,000 by Lilly Endowment Inc.

  MMBB Financial Services is pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant of $500,000 by Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its continued support for MMBB’s Financial Wellness for Pastoral Leaders and their Congregations initiative. As with all the financial education programs at MMBB, our goal is to improve the financial health of […]

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Eliminating accessibility barriers promotes inclusion in worship

By Kathryn McCormack Separation of church and state has been an important pillar of our country since its inception. An individual’s freedom to explore his or her faith should be available to all who choose to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose in life and belonging within their communities. Often, this freedom is taken for […]

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YEAR-END TAX PLANNING TIPS

By Rev. James R. Cook, CFP®, RICP® We are now in the fourth quarter of the year, which means it is the perfect time to consider tax planning.  Many of us only think of our taxes when we sit down to pull information together to complete our tax returns, but by then it is often […]

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Holiday giving 2021 – protecting your organization from cyber-theft

By Craig Huss Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 73% of religious organizations accepted online donations. Today, 93% of religious organizations with more than 100 members offer online giving, and nearly half of organizations with fewer than 50 members provide the option. That’s good news for churches who want to use Giving Tuesday (and the upcoming […]

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STUDY: Navigating unprecedented uncertainty, Gen Z isn’t turning to religious groups

A new installment of the largest available dataset on young people and spirituality shows that young people don’t think religious groups care about their values MINNEAPOLIS, MN — On October 25, Springtide Research Institute released The State of Religion & Young People 2021, the result of a year of research into the beliefs, practices, values, […]

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Theological understanding of digital ministry necessary for the church of the future

With 50-70% of churches committed to continuing online services, leaders need to be equipped to minister to congregants they may never see in person  With studies showing that churches throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe will continue to conduct ministry online post-COVID-19, the Christian media ministry Premier Insight has partnered with Spurgeon’s College in the […]

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Providing emergency shelter

Q&A with Guy Russ, assistant vice president – Risk Control at Church Mutual Insurance Company Why should a church consider opening its facility as a temporary shelter? Russ: Emergency shelters and transitional living arrangements are important ways churches can help those in need. This includes providing living arrangements within worship centers, fellowship halls and educational […]

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