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Donations & Payments & Compliance, Oh My!

Keeping your ministry safe & effective By Olivia Massimiano “Compliance” may not be a top concern—or even a familiar idea—to your church leadership team. But navigating the complexities of payment processing and charitable donations is crucial for maintaining a safe and effective ministry. Having a basic grasp of these regulations not only helps safeguard your […]

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LIONHEART CHILDREN’S ACADEMY AT CENTRAL CHURCH: Happy kids + happy parents + happy staff = happy church

Oksana Miller (Academy Director); Julie Cook (Assistant Academy Director); Giselle Arroyo (Front Desk, 2019-2021);  Lidya Pixley (Community Director)   By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Back in 2015, Central Church in Plano, Texas, wasn’t offering childcare at all. Suddenly, the chance emerged to open one of the first Lionheart Children’s Academy locations in America — a licensed, full-service, […]

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Theft prevention strategies for church leaders

  Church Executive: Just how big of an issue is employee theft in churches, really? Mike Nester: I wouldn’t say it’s one of the larger issues that our churches are dealing with, but it’s one of the easiest to work on. That said, we do see losses; we’ve had more than $1 million in claims […]

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ON EAGLES’ WINGS LEADERSHIP CENTER: A launch pad for Indigenous leaders

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Located on the 75-acre campus of Hutchcraft Ministries in the Ozarks, the 22,000-square-foot On Eagles’ Wings Leadership Center is 30 years in the making. The vision? To prepare Native American youth to be messengers for Jesus Christ in their communities. By all accounts, Hutchcraft Ministries is a well-known entity, both domestically […]

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Preparing your church for summer severe weather

By Eric Spacek Summer is around the corner and many churches are preparing for a rush of activity around weddings, festivals, kids camps and more. Summer also kicks off storm season, which means there’s no better time to review (or create) a severe weather plan to safeguard your church from severe weather. As a church […]

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Succession planning

By Denise Craig, CAE CCA  You won’t be in your role forever. Whether you are serving as the Senior Pastor, the Church Administrator, or as the Facility Manager, one day someone else will be leading at your church. It could be through retirement, moving on to another role, or an emergency no one could have […]

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ANSWER THE CALL TO MINISTRY WHILE SERVING GOD & COUNTRY

  Church Executive talks with CH (MAJ) Walter McCall about Army Reserve Chaplain Candidacy — a great option for seminary students, ministry professionals, and even bachelor’s degree holders with a calling Church Executive: The option of becoming a Reserve Chaplain Candidate was new to me. Among the Army Reserve Chaplain Candidates you’ve worked with before, […]

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Hospitality’s role in today’s church design

  By Rodney C. James Webster defines hospitality as “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests.” But when we consider the role hospitality should play in today’s church, we must look no further than the Bible. Paul writes in Romans, “Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality” (MSG). The church is commanded to love […]

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HOMEBUYING 101

  By Rev. James Cook, CFP®, RICP® Becoming a homeowner is an important financial goal for many people and is viewed as a significant “step up the financial ladder.” But if you have never purchased a home before, the decisions and process can seem daunting. In this article, we will give a general overview of […]

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JEREMY HOLLEY + IMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Driving better stewardship with managed accounting services

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh They say change is hard — but sometimes, it’s worth it. Such is the case at Immanuel Baptist Church, where leaders are discovering the benefits of outsourcing their accounting services: better oversight, increased efficiency, more transparency/accessibility, and cost savings. It was even instrumental in recovering nearly $200,000 in “lost” online gifts […]

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