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How many extra hours are pastors working during COVID-19?

By Sam S. Rainer III The lockdowns did not shorten the workweek. Many people in a variety of professions are working more hours. I wanted to know how COVID-19 affected the workweek of pastors. At Church Answers, I asked a simple question of our community of pastors and church leaders. How many extra hours have […]

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Celebrating Halloween during coronavirus

From Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. This year, it has become especially difficult to navigate “business as usual” with the ever-present threat of COVID-19. Depending upon where you live, trick-or-treating might not be safe or even possible this year. There is an alternative that can give members of houses of worship a safe way to […]

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Pushpay Announces ChurchStaq to Streamline Ministry Management

Pushpay, the leading payments and engagement provider to the US faith sector, today announces ChurchStaq™, an all-inclusive suite of end-to-end engagement solutions including a comprehensive church management system (ChMS), mobile app, donor management and giving solution, to help churches know, grow, and keep their people. Today, ChurchStaq™ combines Pushpay’s giving and app solutions with Church […]

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COVID-19 impact: short-term interruption or long-term disruption?

By John H. Wright Jr., MAI, and Martin H. Aaron, MAI, SRA The role that religion plays in the midst of this pandemic is a philosophical matter. However, the role that religious facilities play is a decidedly practical matter — particularly for church mortgage lenders. Before the pandemic, 36% of Americans attended religious services weekly, […]

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EPA report shows onsite renewable energy growth among worship facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Commercial Buildings and Onsite Renewable Energy, a 15-page report summarizing data on the self-reported use of onsite renewable energy among a subset of U.S. commercial buildings. The information, including comparisons by building type, location and energy generated comes from the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® program, whose ENERGY STAR […]

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Church design and construction in a post-pandemic world

By Brittany Kuhn Worship facilities design and construction is going through a renaissance of sorts. In recent years, there’s been a growing yet prominent trend toward increasingly versatile spaces. Traditional single-worship venues are being transformed into (or sometimes replaced by) modern community hubs that present clean lines, promote larger gathering spaces and offer appealing multifunctional […]

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Who’s faring well? Relational resilience during COVID-19

(above) Trinity Western University in Canada By Bill Strom, PhD, Seven weeks after the World Health Organization’s announcement that COVID-19 was a pandemic, I was fortunate to gather information from 781 people living in varying degrees of social isolation, in an effort to discover who is most at risk as the pandemic continues, and how […]

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It’s time to think about your mission, vision and strategy

Defining each one can help your church make a greater impact By Matt VanGent I learned to drive before smartphones with GPS were commonplace. If I wanted to go somewhere new, I needed to do a little homework first. Do you remember the routine? Find the address, look it up on a map (or later, […]

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Careful. Considered. Coordinated.

One large Texas church proves the best church building outcomes are all of the above By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Having undergone a few previous building projects, Senior Pastor Dr. Jimmy Pritchard and his team knew exactly what (and who) they were looking for: the right partners. From the architect, to the A/V/L systems integrator, to the […]

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Examining the church giving landscape now

3 experts discuss lessons (already) learned during the coronavirus pandemic, and where we’re likely headed from here What were some key tenets of the church giving landscape prior to the coronavirus pandemic? How has it shifted since then? Aaron Dolton: Prior to the pandemic, churches already knew that online and mobile giving was vital to […]

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