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Making distance learning work

theological seminary study

For busy pastors, it offers a flexible, efficient and cost-effective way to pursue an advanced degree. Here, five experts survey the landscape. Do you see a lot of full-time ministry leaders embracing advanced degrees via distance learning right now? If so, what’s driving that interest? Are certain areas of focus / concentrations proving most attractive? […]

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What you need to know as an executor

By Matthew D. Hoffman You have recently been named the executor of an estate — but, like many people, you might not be familiar with the scope of the task that you’re undertaking and the important information you need to know. An executor is the person responsible for managing the administration of a deceased individual’s […]

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Church design trends: expert perspectives

Emerging trends, outdated ones, and ministry-specific design movements What’s especially appealing about working with churches? Trung Doan: Churches are the hands and feet of faith, and we consider it a privilege to equip churches to continue making a difference. Rodney C. James: Mentoring, leading and helping pastors. Most didn’t get a class in church design, […]

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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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