TECHNOLOGY Archives - Church Executive


A heart for the ministry of building & construction

Jeff Wilson & Severns Valley Baptist Church By RaeAnn Slaybaugh In 2007, when Severns Valley Baptist Church relocated to its current property in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, it was a major move. After all, this congregation (established in 1781) is older than the United States Constitution itself and was attended by Abraham Lincoln’s grandparents — also, very […]

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Sustained giving strategies

Tried-and-true advice for driving predictable cash flow at your church For most churches, just how big a problem is sustained giving? Paul K. Knickelbein: For a nonprofit or church to succeed, it must have sustained giving from its members. Donations are what keep the doors open and the mission alive. As anyone who has managed a […]

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Disaster recovery & communications

Practical expert advice for a scary subject When using the term “disaster,” what types of events or circumstances are we referring to? Hillary Keller Bowling: The most common disasters are weather-related events such as hurricanes, flooding, tornados and wildfires. Other disasters are arson, accidental fire, active-shooters, and even cybersecurity events.  Matthew McMaster: Every part of […]

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The key to security: communication

Regular communication, accessibility and speed are at the heart of improved security. By Debi Davis When it comes to crisis situations, the state of events can change with every passing instant. If people can’t keep up with this rapid change, it can lead to disaster. A perfect example of this is the Battle of New […]

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What you should know about church insurance

  For many people, churches are much more than just buildings. They are sacred spaces that carry great meaning to all who gather there for prayer, community, connection and spirituality. It is for these reasons that churches must take steps to provide safe spaces for occupants and mitigate risk on their properties. Purchasing insurance is […]

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Leadership development options for busy church leaders

Which skills are most in-demand today — and how can you make this training work for you?   Among busy pastors, which areas of leadership and management training have seen the most demand in the past few years — and why? Gene C. Fant: First, we’ve seen increased interest in leadership in a digital media […]

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How data can drive better ministry

Your church management software is a treasure trove of actionable information … but only if you know how to mobilize it. What are the most important, yet often overlooked, ChMS data points? Gordon Proud: First, member management — who’s attending your church, how often and what classes or ministries they’re involved in. In addition, it’s […]

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4 design ideas to increase your impact on young members

By Jennifer Wise Churches today are actively seeking to add relevance and functional space for both their youth and children’s ministry areas. For growing ministries, youth and children’s spaces can become a pressure point. Millennials — and the new Gen Z-ers — walk through the door looking to see if the church values them. If […]

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Faith comes by hearing

As a church sound guy, Romans 10:17 is my favorite Bible verse: “Consequently, faith comes by hearing…” After all, true hearing requires that the message is understood. By Jeff Barnett In a previous article, “Choosing the best mic to deliver your message,” we discussed how crucial microphone selection is for ensuring the Word is heard. Here, […]

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Church Security & Surveillance

Expert advice for helping to prevent — and, if necessary, respond to — a security emergency on your campus In a lot of churches, an “it-can’t-happen-here” mentality prevails. But how big of a threat is a security emergency? Bill Cushwa: Let’s quickly dispel the false sense of security. Our school shooting occurred seven years ago […]

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