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Building a church directory team

By Donna Hammond So, you’ve been assigned the job of “directory administrator.” It can feel daunting and overwhelming, especially if all the responsibility lies on your shoulders. But, you don’t have to go it alone. To make this project fun and uniting — not isolating — organize a directory team. There are just a few […]

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Churches Can’t Afford Not to Embrace Sustainability

By Katrina Saucier As you read the following case study, consider the implications that can apply to a church that chooses to embrace sustainability. Recently, the largest family-operated distribution company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area became involved with a program sponsored by ISSA, the nonprofit worldwide cleaning association. The Distributor Efficiency Analytics […]

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In the beginning…

 A 3-part series examining the relationship between the Church and technology By Joel Guthrie We’ve all heard that the church is “10 years behind” when it comes to technology — a little nervous to adopt industry best practices and unsure how that might align to stewardship and the vision of the Church. It’s totally fair: […]

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Women & Finances

Married or single, knowing how to save, invest and plan for the future is essential By Alina Parizianu, MBA, CFP®, BFA™ Women have come a long way in closing the gender gap that has, for generations, placed them at an economic disadvantage. Women now graduate from college at higher numbers than men and hold more […]

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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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