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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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Are you properly maintaining your church bus? 6 critical to-do’s

By Josh Davey Whether your bus is new or used, keeping it in top condition requires diligent and regular maintenance. Many bus owners use a daily vehicle maintenance checklist, some with pre- and post-trip maintenance check requirements, due to their continuous use. Typically, buses are high-mileage vehicles that are constantly shuttling people from Point A […]

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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: “God is in all of it”

Chaplain (Major) Nathan Mclean speaks with a group of Soldiers in the field. (Official U.S. Army Photo) When Chaplain Steve Blackwell answered the call to Army Reserve chaplaincy, he was five times disqualified. Now, he’s a gold badge recruiter. What led you to chaplaincy service? Were you in full-time ministry before that? Chaplain Blackwell: I […]

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3 reasons your facilities matter to your ministry

By Donovan Loomis Recently, I was talking with a facilities director who was looking for a way to show his employees how valuable they are to the church. This surprised me, as I felt like most folks in this department already understand why what they do is important (even though others might not see all […]

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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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CHAPLAIN PROFILE: Military ministry offers a new road to growth

Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Whitlock prays with a group of Soldiers and Civilians. (Official U.S. Army Photo) After extensive work in South America, Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders returns to the U.S. and finds a new way to minister   Returning to the U.S. — and a new role Chaplain Captain Matthew Sanders’ decision to become a […]

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