LEADERSHIP Archives - Church Executive


New survey data shows the impact of COVID-19 on churches

Religious leaders report reduced giving, increased use of technology To document the impact of COVID-19 on church life, Ministry Brands — a leading provider of software, services, and information platforms for churches, ministries, and those they serve — this week released new data from a recently completed national survey of churches across multiple denominations. The […]

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There’s an app for that

Churches turn to tech to fill collection plates during the pandemic By Aaron Senneff Congregations large and small are feeling the financial impact of the pandemic. With in-person services suspended for months and collection plates idle, churches are turning to technology to bring in revenue to fund their ministries. The COVID-19 environment is accelerating the […]

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Study reveals sharp increase in planned gifts + COVID-19 planned giving impact

A new study released by BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Planned Giving Practice reveals that, despite concerns the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a negative impact on the future of giving, philanthropists increased their support of the non-profit sector during 2019.  Non-profit organizations represented in BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s 2020 Annual Charitable Gift […]

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Don’t forget the offering!

From OnlineGiving.org “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen vision connected to the offering.” That comment was made by a denominational leader to me recently. He revealed what I have long known: the offering is the least prepared moment of our worship services. Now that we’re all worshipping remotely, my […]

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Buy. Renovate. Build. Repeat?

Flexibility — and familiarity — in financing ensure one church’s buy/renovate/build expansion project is a smooth operation By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Recently, Northridge Church in Rochester, NY, found itself in a unique position. To accommodate growth, it would need to buy, renovate and build. It was a different project than the church’s 2008 sanctuary build-out — […]

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Compensation basics

Compensation is always a challenging subject for church leaders, but even more so right now as they and their congregations struggle through the pandemic. Here’s some great advice from MMBB Financial Services (New York, NY), financial experts and pastors alike on how to approach the compensation equation (and discussion) right now. When we talk about […]

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Realize the risk

How to assess your church’s child sexual abuse risk points — and how to do (much) better In many churches, leaders think child sexual abuse “can’t happen here.” What’s the reality? Guy A. Russ: Any organization that serves children must understand the statistics: one in four girls and one in 13 boys are likely to […]

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Review your child abuse prevention plan

This year has been a season of disruption. And in a time of disruption, it’s more important than ever to ensure your ministry is following its policies and procedures — especially when it comes to staff who work with children. A key aspect of risk management is safeguarding the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the […]

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Women, money and gender bias

By Ania Norori, MBA, ChFC® Over the past 70 years, women’s participation in the U.S. workforce has grown significantly. Although they are working more hours and earning higher degrees, women continue to earn less than their male counterparts. Gender plays a role in compensation overall in the U.S. population; however, it is more pronounced for […]

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Focus on: hand hygiene

For a truly safe church reopening, a touchless restroom experience is key How have you seen the coronavirus pandemic affecting churches, especially in regards to reopening concerns? William (Bill) Gagnon: Churches depend on maintaining a safe environment for their parishioners to gather and worship together as a community. As part of a safe environment, providing […]

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