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Pushpay #TogetherWe Road Trip

3 things I learned from hitting the road that can help your ministry By Shanda Boyett Everything Pushpay does is driven by its purpose to bring people together by strengthening community, connection, and belonging. What better way to live that mission than to hit the road for a weeklong tour of churches in the Houston, […]

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New findings on young Americans two years into the COVID-19 pandemic

Late last month, Springtide Research Institute released its The New Normal, Updated & Expanded: 10 Ways to Care for Gen Z in a Post-Pandemic World, the second installment of its investigation into the perspectives and experiences of young people during this COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlights survey findings from 1,796 young people ages 13-25. Consonant […]

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Digital hacks to continue community momentum post-Easter

By Brian Byersdorf Church leaders and attendees alike have noticed that worship attendance has changed with the COVID-19 pandemic, with 21% of churchgoers still substituting virtual attendance for in-person attendance. Even with lower COVID-19 cases, many churchgoers are finding they prefer to worship alone, and enjoy having a virtual option. While this departure from pre-pandemic […]

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Planning ahead for safe ministry travel

As we move into the spring and summer months, many houses of worship will be taking service and mission trips. These experiences offer unique opportunities to share faith, make a difference and strengthen the church community. With careful planning, travelers can mitigate risk and keep the focus on their ministry during these trips. Following is […]

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FACILITIES USE FIRE DRILL!

Sexual Abuse Risk and Third-Party Use of Facilities By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris BOY SCOUTS SETTLEMENT FUND EXCEEDS $2.6 BILLION Not every organization has chartered or hosted a Boy Scout Troop, but every organization with physical facilities must learn the lessons stemming from this massive child sexual abuse settlement. Third-party use of facilities can […]

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Are churches more technologically savvy than many would expect?

By Molly Matthews In the past, churches haven’t always been regarded as being the most ‘technologically advanced’ — but times are changing. The onset of the pandemic forced many organizations — from schools to government, and nearly every industry in between — to learn how to move forward in an increasingly virtual world. For the […]

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Better design builds better connections

JOHN MEADOR  / PASTOR / CROSS CITY CHURCH / EULESS, TX With its Generations Project, Cross City Church is preparing its facilities to reach people for years to come. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh The Generations Project at Cross City Church isn’t Pastor John Meador’s first major building initiative. It is, however, his favorite.  “I’ve built several […]

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Divine timing (and much more)

By thinking outside the box, West End Church created a unique opportunity to expand into a rapidly growing, otherwise cost-prohibitive area of Houston. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For many churches, landlock and exorbitant property prices are all-too-common hurdles — especially in rapid-growth areas like Houston. Luckily, these proved to be surmountable for River Pointe Church.  Beginning […]

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CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE & STUDENT MINISTRY: High Risk and Low Barriers

By Gregory S. Love & Kimberlee D. Norris Youth Leader Arrested for Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old Girl screams the frontpage headline of a major metropolitan newspaper — yet again.  As detectives investigate, several other teen girls come forward with additional allegations. Parents of students in the program express hurt, anger and bewilderment: how could this […]

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Together We Make Connection Possible

Strategies for Closing The Church’s Back Door How do you keep first-time visitors from slipping out the back door? This is one of the most important questions asked by churches across the country today. How do you show them what your church is about? How do you begin to involve them in your ministry? How […]

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