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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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Church Trends & Statistics

  Christians and Sabbath It’s not uncommon for businesses around the country to close on Sundays. For many Christian workers, this is an opportune time to take a Sabbath, a day of rest. LifeWay Research recently conducted a study of surveys taken by 1,010 American churchgoers about their views on resting on the Sabbath. The […]

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Why giving stays strong while attendance drops in churches

By Sam S. Rainer III I’ve noticed a recent trend among churches. The evidence is more anecdotal, but I have no doubt the phenomenon is occurring on a national scale. While more than half of all churches are in some form of attendance decline, a segment of these declining churches experiences either stability in giving […]

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How to choose the right MDiv program: 5 questions to ask

How can you tell which Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is the best fit for you? By Joel Short There might be practical concerns relating to cost and convenience to consider. But how can you evaluate the quality of a program and the impact it will have on your life and ministry? Here are 5 […]

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Answering the Call: Providing Support After a Disaster

  By Church Mutual Insurance When disaster strikes, the effects are often felt across the country. Although the greatest devastation usually occurs in a concentrated geographical region, caring people from across the country feel a calling to help out however they can. Events such as hurricanes and tornadoes have been met with a great outpouring […]

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Using credit responsibly

By James R. Cook In today’s world, just about everyone uses credit to obtain the things that they want or need, but do not have the cash on hand to pay for immediately.  

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Church Trends and Statistics

Pastors addressing sexual and domestic violence In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the growing number of sexual misconduct accusations in churches across the world, LifeWay Research recently conducted a study — sponsored by IMA World Health and Sojourners — about the reasons pastors address sexual and domestic violence from the pulpit.

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IMPROVleadership: getting your team to talk

As a church leader, it’s your job to inspire and motivate your staff. For some, this ability comes naturally. For others, it’s not so intuitive; coaching others to do their best is a skill that takes work to develop. The good news is it’s not difficult to work on this skill. You don’t need to […]

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What cloud computing can do for your church’s financial reporting

Futuristic design of a cloud network computing

  Like any other organization, it is necessary for a church to compile financial reports on a regular basis. Many churches use Microsoft Excel, which requires constant manual data input from a user on a designated device. The problem with this system is that configuring the information for specific reports requires a lot of work […]

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When you present your ministry to a potential financial partner‭, ‬what will the lender look for‭?‬

By Dan Mikes You’ve been offering two or three weekend worship services for quite a while, you are regularly filling more than 80 percent of the seats available in your worship facility, and you are at maximum capacity in the children’s space.  Understandably, your leadership team has decided it is time to expand. 

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