Church Growth Archives - Church Executive


Crossroads constructed the first of a two-phase project that would change the course of their ministry forever

When Crossroads United Methodist Church, Washington, Illinois, concluded their vision for ministry was significantly larger than their current footprint could handle, they began the long and expensive journey of relocating to a new site. In 2001, they constructed the first of a two-phase construction project that would change the course of their ministry forever. Relocating […]

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4 ways to nurture your community & engage your congregation

    By Troy Pollock As you and your team return from a summer season filled with vacations, conferences and enjoying time with family, it’s a great time to reset priorities and develop a plan for the rest of the year. What are your goals? Challenges? Opportunities for growth? And more importantly, what steps are […]

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4 core values your church must address in secular society

      By Jennifer Wise Many churches are battling declining memberships and being challenged in their ability to have a significant impact. How can your church go on the offensive to defend its significance and connect with an increasingly secular society? Consider strengthening four core areas to overcome stereotypes that might hinder people from coming in […]

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What you should know about church insurance

  For many people, churches are much more than just buildings. They are sacred spaces that carry great meaning to all who gather there for prayer, community, connection and spirituality. It is for these reasons that churches must take steps to provide safe spaces for occupants and mitigate risk on their properties. Purchasing insurance is […]

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In pursuit of family-friendly church design

 Expert advice — from the architects who envision these spaces and the church executives who recognized the need   How does a church typically know to ask for a “family-friendly” feel on its campus? Bruce Woody: Often, this begins to be sensed internally. Something usually causes the church to analyze how it’s being perceived in […]

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TOM LUNAK & CALVARY CHAPEL FORT LAUDERDALE: An informed approach to refinancing drives church health & growth

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh     By anyone’s standards, Tom Lunak, CFO of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, has extensive experience in the banking industry. In his career, he has held senior-level titles at, and done consulting work for, several banking institutions. So, it was a pleasant surprise when, a few years ago, he was asked to […]

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Financial challenges of the “sandwich generation”

By Patricia L. Hunter, CFP® What is the “sandwich generation”? This term refers to middle-aged individuals who are simultaneously caring for and supporting their children, as well as their aging parents. They have been given that label because these individuals are effectively “sandwiched” between the obligation to care for their aging parents — who might […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Poll Shows U.S. Church Membership Decline According to a study by Gallup, Inc., a global analytics and advice firm, the number of U.S. adults who are members of a church, mosque or synagogue has dropped by 20 percent in the last two decades. Compared to 70 percent in 1999, only half of Americans reported being […]

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5 healthy church budgeting guidelines

By Meaghan Kelly It’s no secret that church budgets can be tight. To do the most good with this money, church administrators and facility managers should develop a healthy, long-term financial plan before spending any funds. Here are five financial goals to strive for when creating and managing a church facilities budget. #1: Be realistic […]

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Be the church that embraces children, not just tolerates them

By Sam S. Rainer III There are two kinds of restaurants: those that embrace children, and those that tolerate children. If you’re a parent — especially if you have multiple small children — then you know this reality. When my family of six storms a restaurant, I can tell immediately whether the establishment will embrace […]

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