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On priorities and compassion in times of crisis: Craig Groeschel

No matter the crisis, whether COVID-19 or something more local to our community, our first priority must be how we minister to people. Having current and real information is key to making necessary decisions in the moment. Answer the question, based on what we know, what is right, now? Don’t let all the other energy […]

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6 reasons to create a church directory today

By Stephanie Martin Though printed materials have been falling out of favor with churches in this digital age, a photo directory has never been more important. Here are six reasons your congregation should create and regularly update this valuable resource: 1.     A church directory helps people put names to faces. No matter a congregation’s size, […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — through technology

Audio, Video, Lighting, Acoustics (AVLA) • Way Finding & Digital Signage • Security & Surveillance From a professional perspective, when you think about the audio, video and / or lighting elements or technologies that are most engaging in churches right now, what springs to mind? Doug Hood: Any leader who stands on a church stage […]

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Q&A: Advancements in digital giving

The rise of donor development tools It seems that donor development tools have become a focus related to digital giving. First, what is meant by “donor development”? Troy Pollock: Donor development, or donor management, has been around for a while, especially within the non-profit sector. However, this is a fairly new methodology in the church. […]

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How to come back from a decline in church giving

By Joe Park An increasing number of church leaders are reporting a slow decline in church giving — both in total dollars and in the number of people giving. Over time, this decline could have a devastating effect on a church’s capacity to fund ministry. Yet many churches are experiencing strong growth in giving. And […]

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Heritage lives here

When a tornado destroyed their church, the father-daughter pastor team of Phil and Sarah Taylor enlisted a pastor’s son and second-generation church builder to help pick up the pieces. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When a devastating tornado touched ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1999, Phil Taylor, his wife Paula, and their daughter Rebekah were […]

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MinistrySafe founders offer free Passion Week mobile app

Kimberlee Norris and Gregory Love — founders of MinistrySafe and authors of the popular “Stop Child Sexual Abuse” series on Church Executive — have developed a free mobile app for followers of Christ to experience the events of Passion Week in real time: from the Triumphal Entry to the Resurrection. EasterNow, available in the iOS […]

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DOING CHURCH DURING DISRUPTION: Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for church leaders

As you navigate and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at your church, please be aware of these valuable resources specifically compiled for houses of worship. This resources list will be updated as additional tools become available. If you have a resource to share, please contact Church Executive Editor in Chief RaeAnn Slaybaugh. Update 5/22/20: New […]

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5 scenarios where it’s hard to set boundaries — but necessary

By Elizabeth Grace Saunders Working at a church naturally lends itself to murky boundaries. By design, there’s weekend work as well as certain activities that happen in the evenings. Due to the nature of this work, your likelihood of working — or feeling like you’re working—during every waking hour increases. But it doesn’t need to […]

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Ensuring an engaging churchgoing experience — by design

An exclusive roundtable produced in conjunction with the National Association of Church Design Builders. Roundtable participants are members of this non-profit organization that serves as a resource for the planning, design and construction of churches and church-related facilities. The goal of NACDB is to educate local churches on how to go about designing, building or […]

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