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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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RISE FROM THE ASHES: How leaders at historic First Baptist Church Magee rebuilt — better than ever — after a $2-million fire

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By Joyce Guzowski For historic First Baptist Church Magee, of Magee, Miss. — founded nearly 120 years ago — the unthinkable happened on December 11, 2013. As a police officer was driving by in the early morning hours, he noticed a flicker of light behind a frosted window — in an area that should not […]

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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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When Children Are at Risk

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Proactive, proven strategies for protecting the kids in your care   Q: What are the biggest risks and liabilities facing churches in the area of protecting children? D’Ambrosio: The days are over when ordering a background check on a new volunteer was the ultimate ‘extra-mile’ effort of an ultra-careful church. Today, a background check is […]

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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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A critical church-state separation case in the making

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  By the Church Executive editorial & leadership team Last year, Church Executive published an interview with David Middlebrook on the Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley case, which the Supreme Court had just agreed to review. As Middlebrook explained at the time, this case had the potential to be hugely important in defining what can […]

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Make time for pastoral counseling

One of the most limited resources in a church is a pastor’s time. Yet, because of a variety of trends outside of the pastor’s control, pastoring a congregation has arguably never been more complicated. While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to […]

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How to mobilize ChMS data for multisite expansion

  Q: Generally speaking, do you feel most church leaders use their ChMS to its maximum advantage when trying to determine where they should open a new multisite campus, or campuses? Goetz: For the most part, I don’t believe they do — at least, not to their maximum advantage. Q: What do you think is […]

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