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“Bethany Theological Seminary has a history of adapting its program to meet the changing needs of the church and society. Now the Seminary finds itself in a rapidly changing religious landscape, involving congregational life, denominational institutions, religious affiliation, and spirituality in America.” From its beginnings in Chicago — when prison ministry and service to immigrants […]

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Preserving your cultural heritage: A guide to stained glass window restoration

By John Phillips Stained glass window rejuvenation is becoming increasingly critical as the world’s stained glass windows are rapidly maturing. For many years, these stained glass treasures have been exposed to the elements, causing deterioration and forcing the need for repair and restoration. A professional stained glass consultant is versed in all facets of repair […]

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How to retain & expand supporters through digital giving: expert Q&A

What do churches need to know about the correlation between digital giving and engagement — especially if they haven’t thought about it before? Richard A. Bauer: In my experience — having dealt with many Christian churches across the country — those who are excelling at digital giving are also leveraging the digital features of their […]

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How technology can streamline your giving process

By the Subsplash team The offering plate makes its way down the row, and a church member digs through her purse, trying to find her wallet. And then she remembers: it’s still on the kitchen table, where she left it when she was scrambling to get the kids out the door. She was so excited […]

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Apps that engage

Increasing participation and sustainability in your congregation By Troy Pollock Your church is on a mission to make a positive impact in the lives of those in your community and to give them a sense of belonging. As a church leader, you know one of the key indicators of church participation is its generosity. While […]

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Church data matters, because people matter

By Jason Terrell Have you ever found yourself asking questions like, Why aren’t visitors to our church coming back? or We don’t seem to have as many people involved in our ministry as we used to have. I wonder why? The answer to these questions (and many more) can be found in your church’s data. […]

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7 benefits when leasing your church bus

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By Josh Davey When it’s time to consider transportation for your church, you might be overwhelmed with choices. Although there are many different types of buses that may work for your congregation, starting with the terms of your bus — purchase, rental or lease — is a great place to start. If you’re looking for […]

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With landmark announcement, Blackbaud signals groundbreaking transformation in church technology landscape

  After decades serving the faith community, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), a cloud software company powering social good, today announced the Cloud Solution for Faith Communities with the introduction of Blackbaud Church Management™. With this move, Blackbaud now provides integrated, end-to-end cloud capabilities that enable churches to digitally transform their day-to-day operations through a single, connected […]

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Severe Weather Preparedness: A 3-Step Action Plan

By Church Mutual Insurance Extreme weather can strike at any time. To make sure you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store this summer, follow this three-step action plan. It tells you how to protect your buildings, grounds, people and property from unnecessary risks. STEP 1: WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE STORM Perhaps the most important […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

How pastors are handling outreach In partnership with Pepperdine University, Barna conducted research on pastors’ opinions of how their current outreach and discipleship efforts were faring.  Outreach is important to churches because it is part of what is considered “cultural leadership.” 50% of pastors believe their church is “somewhat effective” at reaching out to unchurched […]

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