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May / June 2020, Issue 3, Volume 19

May / June 2020, Issue 3, Volume 19

RYAN BINKLEY & CREATE CHURCH: WELCOMING (BY DESIGN) -- Ryan Binkley's path to building a church where people can “find and fulfill their created purpose in Christ" was winding (and often converging). But, the result is a facility whose welcoming design beautifully reflects its purpose.

March / April 2020, Issue 2, Volume 19

March / April 2020, Issue 2, Volume 19

CARBONDALE ASSEMBLY: HERITAGE LIVES HERE -- When a devastating tornado touched ground in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 3, 1999, Carbondale Assembly of God was destroyed. To pick up the pieces, father-daughter pastor team Phil & Sarah Taylor found the perfect fit in a pastor’s son / second-generation church builder.

January / February 2020, Issue 1, Volume 19

January / February 2020, Issue 1, Volume 19

MATT KAUTZKY & BLACKHAWK CHURCH: Spanning more than 130,000 square feet, Blackhawk Church transitioned from a (scraps of) paper-based facilities management system to an intuitive platform — all with zero downtime. The platform’s implementation has even fostered the pursuit of a guiding principle for the church: providing a peaceful place of worship.

November / December 2019, Issue 5, Volume 18

November / December 2019, Issue 5, Volume 18

ADRIENNE WILLICH & ELIZABETH SHAUGHNEY: How the Archdiocese of Washington (seamlessly) standardized reporting for 139 parishes, 63 schools & 4,500 staff

September / October 2019, Issue 5, Volume 18

September / October 2019, Issue 5, Volume 18

JOEL GUTHRIE: HARNESSING TECH TRENDS TO DRIVE REAL-WORLD ENGAGEMENT, GROWTH -- Joel Guthrie grew up in a church planting family, has served as a worship leader and youth leader at several churches, studied audio engineering, and has built an impressive tech marketing career (including for Microsoft and Amazon). All this technical know-how and passion for churches makes him the ideal host for The Church Engagement Podcast.

July / August 2019, Issue 4, Volume 18

July / August 2019, Issue 4, Volume 18

JEFF WILSON & SEVERNS VALLEY BAPTIST CHURCH: A HEART FOR THE MINISTRY OF BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION -- When SVBC embarked on a $16.5-million building project in 2016, a steady hand was at the helm: Executive Pastor Jeff Wilson. Having quite a bit of familiarity with the chosen construction method -- design/build -- he was a big advocate. His reasons are clear: this huge project finished on time and under budget, all with an expanded scope. Here’s how.

May / June 2019, Issue 3, Volume 18

May / June 2019, Issue 3, Volume 18

TOM LUNAK & CALVARY CHAPEL FORT LAUDERDALE: AN INFORMED APPROACH TO REFINANCING DRIVES CHURCH HEALTH & GROWTH -- For CFO Tom Lunak, managing the finances of 11 church campuses, a Christian school, full-service restaurant, skate park and school of worship, isn’t so different from his previous executive-level banking roles. So, when the church's loan approached maturity a few years ago, and refinancing the debt presented itself as the best stewardship option, he knew exactly what to look for in a lending partner.

March / April 2019, Issue 2, Volume 18

March / April 2019, Issue 2, Volume 18

Despite two potentially devastating setbacks, Word of Life Church has completed $29.4 million in building projects. The story began with a late pastor’s vision and culminated with his son’s own unique legacy.

January / February 2019, Issue 1, Volume 18

January / February 2019, Issue 1, Volume 18

BOBBY HART & FIRST BAPTIST TULSA: DEFYING SPACE & THRIVING DOWNTOWN -- With a community focus, congregational support, a solid plan and the right architectural expertise at the ready, First Baptist Tulsa has (beautifully) overcome the biggest challenge of its established downtown location: limited, priced-at-a-premium real estate. The result is 92,000+ square feet of stunning new preschool, children’s and adult education space.

November / December 2018, Issue 6, Volume 17

November / December 2018, Issue 6, Volume 17

ON THE MONEY: An informed discussion about the growing problem of clergy debt -- and what can be done in pursuit of debt freedom -- as well as the most in-demand financial planning topics among church leaders, and how to achieve true “financial wellness.” (Yes, it’s within reach!)

September / October 2018, Issue 5, Volume 17

September / October 2018, Issue 5, Volume 17

DR. WAYLON BAILEY & FBC COVINGTON: HIGHLY RELATIONAL, BY DESIGN -- In form and function, relationship is at the heart of everything FBC Covington does as a church. Here’s how that commitment translates into the design of its 180,000-square-foot worship, education and commons expansion.

July / Aug 2018, Issue 4, Volume 17

July / Aug 2018, Issue 4, Volume 17

SIMEON MAY, PHILL MARTIN & THE CHURCH NETWORK: Generally, church administration professionals “land” in their roles in one of two ways: from the pew / business world, or from the seminary — something The Church Network™ CEO Simeon May and Deputy CEO Phill Martin know all too well. After all, they’re prime examples of these two divergent paths. And it’s precisely this varied, in-the-trenches knowledge which has helped them serve association members successfully for more than 20 years.

May / June 2018, Issue 3, Volume 17

May / June 2018, Issue 3, Volume 17

SHANE WARREN & THE ASSEMBLY: A (construction) course correction -- After facing many pastors’ worst nightmare -- essentially ‘starting over’ on a $15-million building project -- the result is even better than imagined.

Mar / Apr 2018, Issue 2, Volume 17

Mar / Apr 2018, Issue 2, Volume 17

BIGGER VISION = BETTER ALIGNMENT + LARGER LENDING NEEDS -- Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the church’s rapidly expanding infrastructure.

January / February 2018, Issue 1, Volume 17

January / February 2018, Issue 1, Volume 17

LEVERAGING INFLUENCE AT EVERY LEVEL: Three years ago, Andy Stanley — senior pastor of North Point Community Church — was feeling under the weather. The night before a monthly all-staff meeting, he called Lead Pastor Clay Scroggins, asking him to fill in and talk a little about leadership. Today, all those strategies (and many more!) can be found in Scroggins’ new book, "How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority." Here, he talks about the most important takeaways for anyone who’s trying to lead left, right, or even up.

November / December 2017 Issue 6, Volume 16

November / December 2017 Issue 6, Volume 16


September/October 2017, Issue 5, Volume 16

September/October 2017, Issue 5, Volume 16

GARY HAMRICK & CORNERSTONE CHAPEL: Make yourself at home -- The path to Cornerstone Chapel's new home -- a 108,000-square-foot, ski lodge-style facility on the outskirts of Washington, DC -- wasn't without a few bumps

July / August 2017, Issue 4, Volume 16

July / August 2017, Issue 4, Volume 16

RICK LORIMER & CHRIST PLACE CHURCH: Beating the construction budget -- and exceeding expectations -- How transparency, ministry experience, integrity - and a lot of patience! - delivered a $7.2-million church construction project under budget

May / June 2017, Issue 3, Volume 16

May / June 2017, Issue 3, Volume 16

RICK HOLLIDAY & NORTH POINT: TECHNOLOGY + ENGAGEMENT = GROWTH -- At one of America’s largest and fastest-growing churches, full engagement is the goal day in and day out. Church leaders have created great systems (facilitated by technology) to very accurately measure and manage 4 objectives in pursuit of full engagement: Group, Serve, Give, and Invest and Invite.

March / April 2017, Issue 2, Volume 16

March / April 2017, Issue 2, Volume 16

GLENN WOOD: MAKING MULTISITE CHURCH ACCOUNTING WORK, FLAWLESSLY, AT SEACOAST CHURCH -- For more than 22 years, Wood’s varied business management experience in the public sector -- including in the realm of accounting -- has proven essential at the church. Now, with 13 campuses, that expertise is even more critical in generating accounting reports, consistently, across the board.

January / February 2017, Issue 1, Volume 16

January / February 2017, Issue 1, Volume 16

JASON HAYES: CREATING GENEROSITY IN A CHURCH PLANT -- Through data & analytics, Shoreline Church (Knoxville, Tenn.) developed a plan that drove a $653,000 one-day offering & laid the foundation for a culture of generosity.

November / December 2016, Issue 6, Volume 15

November / December 2016, Issue 6, Volume 15

ACHIEVING HARMONY THROUGH “SOUND” STEWARDSHIP: At East Sunshine Church of Christ in Springfield, MO, four-part acapella harmonies have been a worship staple for more than 180 years, since the church was established. This approach to worship music is unique, beautiful and challenging. So was the sanctuary — until recently.

September / October 2016, Issue 5, Volume 15

September / October 2016, Issue 5, Volume 15

JOEL SIMS: A son’s legacy — and a father’s foundation — meet In 2001, Senior Pastor Ronnie Sims at Word of Life Church in Flowood, MS, passed away. It was a pivotal time in the church’s life: a $10-million facility had been drawn up. It was Phase 1. His son, Joel Sims, was a senior in high school at the time. Two years later, at just 19, he took the reins. In 2011, the church completed Phase 1. Now, just five years later, Word of Life is embarking on Phase 2 — an $18.2 million, family-focused campus expansion. Clearly, this growth was not without its setbacks. To persevere (indeed, to thrive!) in the midst of the most challenging circumstances has taught Joel a very important lesson — one he says every pastor needs to heed: Don’t go it alone.

July / August 2016, Issue 4, Volume 15

July / August 2016, Issue 4, Volume 15

lifton Guy, Director of Information Technology at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, is a preacher’s kid. Two of his siblings are also pastors, as is his wife. But, Clifton himself is a self-professed “technical guy,” with a real interest in computers since childhood. He earned his degree in computer engineering and embarked on a 10-year career in IT software development. He’s also an entrepreneur, having started two tech companies and served on the management team of two other startups. So, Resurrection was in very good hands when it was time to upgrade its church management software platform. Here’s how Guy orchestrated an intensive, intelligent selection process … and what you need to know before making a similar investment at your own church.

May / June 2016, Issue 3, Volume 15

May / June 2016, Issue 3, Volume 15

Church Executive magazine May/June 2016 Published on May 25, 2016 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

March / April 2016, Issue 2, Volume 15

March / April 2016, Issue 2, Volume 15

Church Executive magazine March / April 2016 Published on Mar 31, 2016 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

January / February 2016, Issue 1, Volume 15

January / February 2016, Issue 1, Volume 15

Church Executive Magazine jan-feb 2016 Published on Jan 28, 2016 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

November / December 2015, Issue 6, Volume 14

November / December 2015, Issue 6, Volume 14

Church Executive Nov.-Dec. 2015 Digital Version Published on Nov 23, 2015 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

September / October 2015, Issue 5, Volume 14

September / October 2015, Issue 5, Volume 14

Church Executive Sept/Oct 2015 digital version Published on Sep 20, 2015 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

July / August 2015, Issue 4, Volume 14

July / August 2015, Issue 4, Volume 14

Church Executive July / Aug 2015 Published on Jul 26, 2015 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

May / June 2015, Issue 3, Volume 14

May / June 2015, Issue 3, Volume 14

Church Executive magazine May/June 2016 Published on May 25, 2016 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

March / April 2015, Issue 2, Volume 14

March / April 2015, Issue 2, Volume 14

Church Executive mar/apr 2015 Published on Mar 12, 2015 Helping Leaders Become Better Stewards.

January / February 2015, Issue 1, Volume 14

January / February 2015, Issue 1, Volume 14

CE jan feb 2015 digital edition Published on Jan 26, 2015
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