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Tithing for the 21st Century & the “New Normal”

Many church leaders are facing a unique challenge in this new decade: how do you maintain giving when a global pandemic has church attendance at an all-time low? Because we live in the digital age, however, church members have access to more giving options than ever before. Technology — like automated clearing house [ACH] payments […]

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When the mission field comes to you!

By Rodney C. James If you’ve ever lived and led through a renovation, expansion or building project in your church, you know how painful the process can be. But what if we viewed every project as a mission field opportunity? We all know building projects are noisy and inconvenient. There are piles of supplies everywhere […]

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The benefits of unitized accounting in managing long-term investment pools at churches

By Kip Meadows Most churches are set up well to handle the day-to-day business aspects of their operations. Otherwise, the doors could not open and welcome the congregants. It is the rare individual congregation, however, who’s well-equipped to handle long-term funds, either endowment gifts or retirement accounts, for personnel or other longer-term capital accounts. Even […]

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Religious schools get more access to state aid with Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana ruling

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.  By a 5-4 vote, it ruled that the Montana Supreme Court had violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it struck down a Montana scholarship program because that program would have allowed scholarship aid for […]

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A dream comes true: the vision of two

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Senior Pastor Mark Allen’s path to starting a church in Athens, Texas, began in 2005 — though it certainly wasn’t his plan. “Athens doesn’t need another church,” he laughs. “It’s an exaggeration, but I’ve heard people say there are about 12,000 people who live here and, like, 1,500 churches.” But, God had […]

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How to sustain giving during disruption

Tips, tools & expert advice Given the coronavirus and its effect on church operations, are you seeing an increased interest in sustained giving tools and strategies? Baker: Before COVID-19, digital giving was an important part of a church’s stewardship ministries. Now it’s the main focus of financing the work of the Lord. Every church has […]

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RYAN BINKLEY & CREATE CHURCH: Welcoming by (divine) design

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Ryan Binkley had a God-given dream — several, in fact — about a church where people can “find and fulfill their created purpose in Christ.” This would be a place where those without a church home, can not only discover one, but come into the understanding of their destiny in Christ. His […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — by design

In part 2 of this roundtable series, a brand-new set of design professionals and ministry leaders discussed thoughtfully designed church spaces for everyone — members, guests, visitors, children, youth, seniors, and communities-at-large. They even tackle engaging design strategies for multi-site churches. When we use the term “engaging design,” when should that experience start — and […]

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It’s All About Alignment

A unified approach to church building & capital stewardship just makes sense We’ve all heard of church building projects that go like this: hire an architect and design a building. Find out the building you want is more than your church can afford. Hire a capital stewardship consultant to raise the difference. Find out the […]

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Better together: combining your ChMS & giving platforms

How to deepen engagement with an end-to-end church management solution By Troy Pollock Since I started my journey with Pushpay in 2012, there have been so many changes, innovations and developments in technology to help the church. In fact, at the time, digital giving was a revolutionary concept. I remember having to pitch the idea […]

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