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SBA Clarifies Eligibility of Faith-Based Organizations to Participate in Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Programs

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza today announced that SBA issued guidance clarifying that all faith-based organizations impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, without restrictions based on their religious identity or activities, to the extent they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the CARES Act that was […]

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Tech-Driven Church: a new hope

A new hope By Joel Guthrie In this series, we’ve talked about the past and about the current state of technology in the church. In this third and final installment, let’s talk about the future. I’ve worked with some of the world’s largest tech companies, and one thing is apparent: change is coming, and faster […]

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6 essential truths about truly engaging children’s spaces

No small feat! By Paul Mergenhagen #1: Your children’s spaces speak before you say a word. An effective children’s environment demonstrates that you’ve invested in families. It tells parents that you’ve planned on their children being there. This is especially true for guests and first-time visitors. Is your children’s space inviting? Welcoming? Or is it sterile […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — through technology

Audio, Video, Lighting, Acoustics (AVLA) • Way Finding & Digital Signage • Security & Surveillance From a professional perspective, when you think about the audio, video and / or lighting elements or technologies that are most engaging in churches right now, what springs to mind? Doug Hood: Any leader who stands on a church stage […]

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Criminal background checks — not a silver bullet!

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Given the #MeToo and #ChurchToo movements and the ongoing media headlines, many church leaders have awakened to the risk of child sexual abuse and are seeking guidance about what to do. Others are taking this opportunity to evaluate existing safety efforts to measure preparedness. Typically, the criminal background check […]

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Q&A: Advancements in digital giving

The rise of donor development tools It seems that donor development tools have become a focus related to digital giving. First, what is meant by “donor development”? Troy Pollock: Donor development, or donor management, has been around for a while, especially within the non-profit sector. However, this is a fairly new methodology in the church. […]

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The care & keeping of your commercial church kitchen

By Rhonda C. Proctor In much the same way that you care for your vehicle to keep it running properly, the equipment in a commercial kitchen needs care and maintenance as well. Don’t worry — it doesn’t require a technical degree; it just takes some organization, a schedule and basic information about when to do […]

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Out of the ashes

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For Tulsa’s Memorial Drive Church of Christ, connecting as a church family was never a problem — but the facilities told a less inspiring story. Built in 1963, this mid-century modern church features a tent-like parabolic roof, with additions in 1973 and 1977. While the church design surely had its admirers from […]

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5 steps to repair your credit

If you’re like a lot of Americans, your credit score might be lower than average, and your debt might be higher than what you’d like. A bad credit report or a low credit score can make your financial life difficult and more expensive in many ways. By Colin Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® You might be […]

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Heritage lives here

When a tornado destroyed their church, the father-daughter pastor team of Phil and Sarah Taylor enlisted a pastor’s son and second-generation church builder to help pick up the pieces. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When a devastating tornado touched ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1999, Phil Taylor, his wife Paula, and their daughter Rebekah were […]

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