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4 ways to nurture your community & engage your congregation

    By Troy Pollock As you and your team return from a summer season filled with vacations, conferences and enjoying time with family, it’s a great time to reset priorities and develop a plan for the rest of the year. What are your goals? Challenges? Opportunities for growth? And more importantly, what steps are […]

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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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Caring Well AND Prevention

Sexual abuse: training ministry staff to care well AND prevent At the beginning of each new year, many of us make New Year’s Resolutions: evaluating our past year or present circumstances and resolving to improve on a particular matter (i.e., more time with the kids, less coffee, more exercise). For the Southern Baptist Convention, the […]

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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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In pursuit of family-friendly church design

 Expert advice — from the architects who envision these spaces and the church executives who recognized the need   How does a church typically know to ask for a “family-friendly” feel on its campus? Bruce Woody: Often, this begins to be sensed internally. Something usually causes the church to analyze how it’s being perceived in […]

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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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Solid groundwork can ensure your church plant bears fruit

By Rich Poirier The church planting movement is growing across the country — but establishing a new religious organization and actually growing it into a thriving congregation are two different battles. There are a variety of legitimate reasons to consider planting a church. Respondents to a 2016 study by Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network […]

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THE PASTOR’S GUIDE TO MICROPHONES

What is the single most important thing pastors need to know about microphone selection? Pastors must be able to trust their microphones, whether wired or wireless, without question. This goes for the transmitters, receivers, software and any other associated equipment, including antennas, cables and the like. It’s one thing to use wireless equipment for “weekend […]

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Guest Column: Spreading the Gospel by Making the Medium the Message

By Janil Jean A church executive who markets well is an executive whose church is alive and well. This is because that man or woman understands that few symbols are as simple yet sacred as a cross; that person understands what a cross means by way of where a cross stands, be it atop the […]

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