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Show me the money! Borrowing-capacity tips for churches

Before you talk with any lending group, your church will need to fully understand the ups and downs of its last three years of financial statements. Church lenders will always focus on undesignated income, cash flow, debt and equity trends.  The first thing churches really want to know, however, is their borrowing capacity. Determining this […]

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The future of church funding growth

By David Thoroughman One of the challenges churches face is how to accelerate their vision through project-based funding initiatives. It requires a church to craft a clear vision and purpose and articulate it through a case for support. Additionally, a church will need to outline how the goal can be achieved and invite its people […]

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Together we engage the next generation

By Shanda Boyett 3 ways churches can use technology to connect with students Reaching anyone in this day and age is simpler than ever. But actually connecting with them? That can be incredibly hard. In a world filled with screens and smartphones, we’re constantly distracted or looking for the next best thing — particularly students. […]

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SMART EXPANSION IDEAS

  Q&A: How to get the most from your new space Church Executive: For pastors, what are some common indicators that it’s time to seriously consider expanding? Charlie Daniels: One sign is when you start reaching close to capacity, of course. Or if your facility just isn’t adequate for the times. Sound, lights and video […]

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4 ways to re-engage your congregation after the summer slump

Leverage technology to maximize outreach and build community this fall By Brian Byersdorf As a church leader, you’re probably feeling the so-called “summer slump” harder than usual in your attendance and tithing. Referring to the seemingly inevitable dip in church participation between June and August, the summer slump of 2022 has been exacerbated by several […]

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Hybrid worship strategies for multi-generational churches

By Raymund Ferrer As worship becomes increasingly more virtual, it’s important that a church can offer a hybrid experience that continues to connect church members — whether they’re down the street or across the world.  Many churches are grappling with this change — online vs traditional in-person experiences. As church attendance continues to decline, leaders […]

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Together we can overcome the summer slump

Recurring giving is a gamechanger for maintaining generosity By Shanda Boyett With COVID nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s been so refreshing and joyful to meet in-person with our Church families again. And yet, many congregations are about to thin out once more. The annual ‘summer slump’ has arrived. You’re undoubtedly aware of the trend: […]

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The church world is mixing it up!

  By Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP Ministries are getting really creative at both extending their reach into the community and also improving their financial sustainability as they evaluate and deal with ministry trends accelerating post-pandemic.  With respect to the physical facilities and property they steward, they ask: Is there a different approach to church […]

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Shifting gears

ETHAN VANSE / SENIOR PASTOR / CHURCH ON THE MOVE / BROKEN ARROW, OKLA. For leaders at Church On The Move, switching it up — not only in their growth model, but also in their building approach — got them just where they wanted to be. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For Ethan Vanse, Church On The […]

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Engagement is for everyone!

An experienced church architect discusses what “engaging design” really means — and it’s a lot more than bricks-and-mortar Church Executive: The topic of “designing for maximum engagement” is top of mind for you and your team. Why? Bruce Woody: During COVID, there was such a period of disengagement. Church leaders demonstrated their flexibility by shifting […]

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