Church Growth Archives - Church Executive


CHILDREN’S SPACES: Spring time = play time!

By Rebecca Calbert, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB I have something to confess: My first church memories were not of bible stories, or of the nice minister who would bend down to shake my hand after services. My earliest childhood memory of church was playing the game, Red Rover.  Do you remember it? Red rover, red […]

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Expert Q&A: Christian school design — solid strategies

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Designing a school is a specialized endeavor. Designing a Christian school? Even more so. So, if starting a school is on your church’s horizon, you’ll appreciate the advice of these two knowledgeable architecture experts.   Is your firm often enlisted to design Christian schools? Scott Nelson: Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) serves as a ministry […]

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Church Trends and Statistics

Bible study participants Barna, in partnership with Bible Study Fellowship, surveyed Christians in America who participate in Bible studies, to learn more about how, why and when they study. Participating in a “Bible Study” is defined as using prepared Bible study materials both individually and in a group. Fifty-eight percent of Christians choose to participate […]

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Measure what matters to invest in what matters

Bridging the gap between the business office and the pastoral office By Brad Leeper As a church leader with a Kingdom-first perspective, you likely have two goals that are the primary threads woven through the fabric of all you do within your church. First, you seek to develop your people’s individual relationships with Christ. Second, […]

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Selecting the right bus for your church

As a church leader, investing in a church bus probably isn’t something you do every day. Moreover, bus maintenance and operation procedures might not be the most familiar territory, either. That is why we enlisted a group of leading church transportation experts — from insurers, to dealers, to bus manufacturers — to help you select […]

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Engaging and discipling your church’s financial leaders

Joel Mikell, Partner at Horizons Stewardship, and Doug Turner, President of Culture of Ready, answer your important follow-up questions to their Webinar, “Engaging and Discipling Your Church’s Financial Leaders,” now available at www.churchexecutive.com/webinars. What message would you suggest for helping Financial Leaders to know the life changes that their giving is empowering? Joel Mikell: There’s […]

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Will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affect YOUR CHURCH?

  On Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) which represents the most substantial overhaul of the tax code since the 1990s. The Act brings significant changes to individual and corporate income tax filers. How will the Act affect tax exempt organizations — and specifically, religious organizations? Churches and […]

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How to ensure a truly engaging worship space, by design

By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA The act of worship is a very personal experience. No matter the style of worship, there are common elements that will create an engaging experience. A sanctuary — or worship center, depending on your tradition — is a big factor in the act of worship itself. A […]

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Maximizing the 403(b) plan … for employees AND employers

By Colin E. Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® & James R. Cook, CFP® Retirement savings plans, such as the 403(b) plan, offer benefits to both employees and employers First, let’s look at how employees can make the most of a 403(b) plan. For many, saving for retirement is one of the largest goals we will need […]

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COLLIN LUCAS & CORNERSTONE FELLOWSHIP OF LIVERMORE: Leaps & bounds — and lending, too!

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the […]

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