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Beyond online giving

digital giving

What executive pastors need to know By Jayson D. Bradley You know you need a digital solution for giving at your church. But with all the options out there, online giving is becoming old-hat. How do you land on the right solution? And once you’ve found it, how will you get your church to actually […]

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Technology, engagement and growth

North Point’s 4-step engagement process By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Photos by Garrett Lobaugh Not many people can speak firsthand about the growth of one of America’s largest and fastest-growing churches. But Rick Holliday — Executive Director of Ministry Services at North Point Church in Alpharetta, Ga. — is very blessed in this regard. That’s because Holliday […]

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Is your church ready to add a café?

By Mike Bacile The most frequent question I get from churches is, “How do we know if our church should build a café / coffee bar?” A café has so many positive possibilities to offer a church community. However, it should meet three important criteria in order to really produce the fellowship and revenue most […]

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So, you want to start a Christian school. Now what?

By Darren Thompson & Richard Koon Across the country, churches are answering the call to start a private Christian School — but they’re unsure about how to navigate the process. Does this sound like your church? In this second installment of our three-part “Financial Management for Christian Schools” series, we’ll discuss next steps, as well […]

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How Cornerstone Community Church fully funded its operating budget with digital giving

Founded in 2004, Cornerstone Community Church (CCC) is a young church located in the rural mountains of Virginia, meeting in a converted downtown storefront. In a city with a population less than 7,000, finances have been a struggle for the growing church. Here, Lead Pastor Mike Morris recalls a recent change that has helped CCC […]

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3 key elements for an engaging lobby or welcome area

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By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA Getting people to engage in today’s fast-paced culture is challenging, with all the competition for attention we carry with us. Yet, at our core, we’re all social creatures seeking connection — real connection. As church leaders, we need to break down barriers and create authentic spaces that […]

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A mobile-first approach: 3 ways to drive discipleship

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By Scott Romig When’s the last time you checked your phone? Recent studies have found that the average person touches their phone 2,617 times a day! The image of people wandering around, heads buried in their mobile devices, perilously unaware of their surroundings has become something of a cultural strawman. Last year, Chick-fil-a franchise owner […]

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Preparing for picnic season: following food safety guidelines

  In November 2016, three people reportedly died from food-poisoning, and an additional 22 got sick after eating a free, annual Thanksgiving feast, which was served by a church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Did you know that more than 48 million people get sick and nearly 3,000 people die from foodborne illnesses in the […]

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4 behaviors of second chair church leaders who think — and act — strategically

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By Mike Bonem If you ask a second chair leader what he or she “does,” you might hear a long list of tasks. These include managing and developing staff, creating systems for more effective ministry, and working with leadership teams, along with a variety of special projects. But if you ask about their greatest contribution […]

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3 simple ways to increase your church’s giving

Statistics show that giving online is increasing year over year. Other methods for giving are also gaining momentum — via text message and mobile phone.

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