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Sensor application case study: energy savings at a Texas church

By Richard Jones Sensor technology and data analysis can be used to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy expenses for churches and other places of worship. The following case study is an example of how one church is using room temperature sensors to lower its utility costs dramatically. This example is of an Episcopal church […]

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Training your tech team: the right gear is only part of the solution

By Jeff Barnett When you buy new gear, there’s always a measure of anticipation. The new and enhanced features, the easier workflow, the ability to do more and bigger things — it’s simply exciting. But just purchasing new gear won’t take you all the way to a job well done. That takes a well-trained tech […]

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Top 15 Articles of 2018

By Skylar Griego As we adjust to writing “2019” in our planners, now is a good time to reflect on 2018 and see the big picture. At Church Executive, that means taking a look at which articles were most important to our readers. When we looked at the 15 most-read articles, the editors noticed there […]

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A layered security approach for churches

By Keith Shaver Today we hear news reports of an ever-increasing number of church vandalism, thefts, robberies and, in some instances, active shooters. Those stories are driving the local churches to investigate methods to secure the church facility and protect its members’ personal security. For the church to provide the right security solution, its current […]

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What cloud computing can do for your church’s financial reporting

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  Like any other organization, it is necessary for a church to compile financial reports on a regular basis. Many churches use Microsoft Excel, which requires constant manual data input from a user on a designated device. The problem with this system is that configuring the information for specific reports requires a lot of work […]

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Get smart about expansion: ChMS data can help you make an informed new-campus decision

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Do most church leaders use their ChMS to its maximum advantage when determining where to open a new campus? Matt McMaster: Based on my background, I’d say no — because many don’t know how. I’ve worked with more than 1,000 churches, spending about three or four months with each one on their project. We dig […]

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Strategies for cultivating major gifts

Did you know your church management software — and the data within it — can be a big help? When a church leader considers ways to drive major gifts, church management software / systems (ChMS) probably isn’t their first thought. Why should this tool spring to mind? Scott Romig: Unfortunately, church management systems are still […]

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Adopting modern worship styles: what you haven’t considered

By Jeff Barnett It’s nearly the end of 2018. It’s going on two decades since the modern worship band movement began sweeping through the church. In fact, to most Millennials, it’s not “modern” worship; it’s simply worship. As they take the mantle of leadership, more and more congregations are adopting this musical format. Here are […]

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5 best practices for communicating inclement weather closings for faith-based communities

From hurricanes to blizzards and everything in between, inclement weather is a part of nature. So are the challenges of managing the logistical factors involved in protecting your members when harsh weather comes calling. While a well-organized plan can minimize confusion and maximize safety, failure to properly address severe weather conditions can threaten everything from […]

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5 steps to effectively launch a new church app

The secret is out — people LOVE using church apps, and it’s easy to see why. Apps make connecting with the ministry simple and convenient because smartphones are accessible. People carry them everywhere they go (even if it’s just from the kitchen to the couch). Of current smartphone owners, more than 80 percent prefer using […]

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