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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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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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Looking backward, moving forward

DR. MARLOW D. McGUIRE, SR. (DMIN) / DIRECTOR / THE BLACK CHURCH STUDIES INSTITUTE / ROCKBRIDGE SEMINARY Black Church studies takes center stage with a new emphasis offering at Rockbridge Seminary By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Although the Black Church Studies Institute at Rockbridge Seminary has been in development since 2020, its real origin predates that period, […]

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Long-Distance Leadership: managing a remote or hybrid workforce the right way

By Kate Zabriskie Managing people who work from home is nothing new for many leaders, but getting the mechanics right can be another matter. With a few smart moves, anyone can learn to manage a remote workforce effectively.   Move One: Recognize that you may have been thrown into the deep end of the pool […]

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Peer-on-peer abuse prevention

In recent years, the Risk Management department here at Insurance One has seen a sharp increase in peer- on-peer sexual abuse. As we began to dig into this further, we reached out to attorneys, insurance carriers and companies that specialize in abuse prevention training — and all are seeing the same upward trend.  Our hearts […]

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Making sure you have enough liability insurance coverage for the worst-case scenario begins with your written child protection plan

Church is considered a safe place for healing and to grow in grace. It’s especially disheartening and scary when we see headlines that a predator has made their way into a church with the intent of hurting a child or vulnerable adult. We are likely to see more and more cases coming to light as […]

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Q&A: background check basics

Professional advice on what’s required for volunteers versus staff For many churches, a background check is the only line of defense employed when screening volunteers and staff. Is it enough?  Brian Gleason: A background check is a best practice in searching for any previous convictions since previous behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. […]

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Preparing for the unthinkable: armed intruders

In the last year, “preparation” at many organizations focused on protecting health and safety in the pandemic. As people gather again for in-person events and activities, preparation must include a renewed focus on other forms of safety — and ways to mitigate risk. Unfortunately, as recent events across our nation have shown, armed intruders are […]

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SPRING 2021: Churches reopen their doors and reconnect with their congregations

By Karen Wolf Mass notification systems help communities navigate the path to normalcy Christians throughout the world recently celebrated Holy Week and Easter for the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the progress made with vaccinating the public has boosted many churchgoers’ confidence, gathering in-person is still beyond the comfort zone of many of […]

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