Church Growth Archives - Page 8 of 48 - Church Executive


Ask for permission, not forgiveness!

By Rodney C. James Picture a group of men and women at the ready. Hard hats, leather gloves, steel toe boots, hammers, nails, and all the tools needed to tear down, renovate or expand your church building. A beautiful scene, isn’t it? Not so fast. Let’s rewind the tape. Where are permissions needed from the […]

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How to maximize your ChMS data

Even during COVID, you can use your info to engage new visitors, drive more effective discipleship, and re-connect with at-risk members As churches shift to all-digital (or mostly digital) strategies during COVID, are there opportunities to gather important data on new “visitors”? Senneff: When many people are engaging online, understanding who’s attending is a real […]

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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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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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A transformation, truly

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh A Florida church’s design proves big impact is possible on a budget For Westside Family Worship Center in Jacksonville, Fla., everything changed overnight. Always a strong military community, the closure of a nearby Navy base meant the church immediately lost 60 families. Meanwhile, left empty, multiple mobile parks across the street from […]

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Recruiting the right building team

By Rodney C. James Nearly every church selects a group of people to lead a renovation or building project. You might call them a “vision team,” “building committee,” “expansion board,” or some other creative name, but their role will be the same: to assist the staff and leadership in the myriad of decisions the church […]

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Q&A: church design trends

Exterior elements • Fellowship spaces • Children’s + Youth areas • Community-focused design • Multi-site design • “Green” elements • Revenue generation Let’s start from the outside in. What exterior / outdoor church design elements are popular? Thomas Small, AIA/NCARB: Most churches we work with are contemporary by nature; therefore, they’re looking for clean/modern designs […]

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New data highlights church challenges during COVID-19

Faithlife Survey Shows Churches are Returning to In-Person Gathering but Disunity Regarding Policies   BELLINGHAM, Wash., September 23, 2020–New survey data from Faithlife, the church technology company behind Logos Bible Software, reveals that while the majority of churches are returning to in-person gatherings, leaders face numerous challenges to church unity within their congregations. “COVID-19 has necessitated […]

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New study: How are congregations being affected by COVID-19?

41% of congregations reported declines in donations in early months of pandemic while 28% saw increases, according to survey by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving INDIANAPOLIS — Many U.S. religious congregations currently are entering their annual fall fundraising and budget-planning season with uncertainty about their finances and reopening plans as the COVID-19 pandemic and […]

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