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Transitioning from one church leader to the next

There are so many churches in America that have a long, proud history. Some houses of worship have been attended by generations of the same family, as much a part of a community’s history as the ancestors of the people living in it. Like all members of a community, churches grow and evolve, with members […]

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4 essentials to nurture your donors

Donor engagement essentials to create thriving communities By Troy Pollock Every season has its rhythms, and the year-end holidays are no different. As we embark on a season filled with family, traditions, vacations and generosity, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our to-do list. We have sermons to prep, parties to attend, school outings, […]

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Aging in place and the rising need for inclusive community programs

By Kathryn McCormack Let’s talk numbers. Between 2006 and 2030, the number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to nearly double, from 37 million to 71.5 million. By 2050, 20% of the population will be 65+, for a total of 88.5 million seniors. This growth is largely due to the […]

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Building a church directory team

By Donna Hammond So, you’ve been assigned the job of “directory administrator.” It can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. But, you don’t have to go it alone. To make this project fun and uniting — not isolating — organize a directory team. There are just a few […]

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Work hard and smart for your ministry

You were called to make disciples, not live in a constant state of exhaustion. Leading a church can be a difficult, but fulfilling calling — yet that doesn’t mean all the hard work always pays off the way you hoped. To get the best out of your ministries, new thinking is required for new challenges. […]

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Maximizing year-end giving

Strategies for using technology to encourage giving all year round Define ‘year-end giving.’ What months of the year are we referring to? B. Louie Cordovado: Year-end giving refers to giving during the last two to three months of a church’s fiscal year — usually October to December. Kacie Frazier: Year-end giving is the most charitable […]

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A better way to reach out — fast

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Prior to enlisting One Call Now notification technology (text-messaging en masse) at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Adairsville, Georgia, email was the main channel for keeping members up-to-date on church happenings. As Elder Woody Davis explains, this approach presented a handful of challenges and limitations. “People just didn’t get the information quickly,” he […]

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Child sexual abuse in ministry contexts: understanding the risk

By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Child sexual abuse risk in ministry contexts cannot be ignored. This statement implies child protection has been ignored by some ministries in the past. For most ministries, however, the challenge is ignorance of the problem. Most ministries are doing something, but not doing the right thing. Church Executive and […]

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Joel Guthrie: Helping church leaders harness tech trends to drive real-world engagement, growth

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Joel Guthrie grew up attending church. In fact, his family helped start one in Colorado Springs. Since then, he has been on staff as a worship leader and youth leader at a church in Bellevue, Wash., and is currently one of the worship leaders and 10th-grade-guys leaders at his church in Austin, […]

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Staying Connected Beyond Sunday

Tried-and-true strategies — plus, how technology can come alongside your best efforts With regards to technology, what are the most crucial elements in a “recipe” that best positions a church to keep connected to its members all week long? Chris Kehayias: The point of staying connected, and to “do church” in the first place, is […]

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