Blog - Church Executive


A tale of 2 lenders

By Mike Schueler Out of space and out of time, Sunnylane Church needed a loan to grow. But the promise of an ultra-low interest rate turned into a financing nightmare for this Oklahoma City congregation. Drew Sanford was frustrated. He’d already wasted too much time working to secure a loan for Sunnylane Church, the Southern […]

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“Healthy Christian leaders prioritize their relationship with God”

Self-leadership does not begin with oneself. Foundationally it begins with God. God is not simply a means to greater organizational ends. He is the ultimate end and true joy that will satisfy our deepest longings. He is the end, not merely the means to some other end. One of the authors I turn to frequently […]

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LEARN WHERE YOU SERVE

Should I get a master’s degree?  Should I not get a master’s degree?  Our church can’t afford it — will it benefit me? Can I even afford it?  Despite these perpetual questions (which you’ve probably asked yourself at some point), full-time bi-vocational and volunteer church leaders are embracing advanced degrees right now. Even post-COVID, and […]

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Equipping discipled scribes

Right now, our School of Divinity at Regent University is seeing incredible growth among full-time ministry leaders, pastors, counselors, workers, and missionaries coming back to seminary for further education.  It’s because our world is complex and changing fast — and, because ministers are discipled scribes leading their flocks into truth in such a world, they […]

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Frugal, yet fantastic

Designing a user experience that supports the vision and ministry of the facility — on a budget By Ravi Waldon, AIA, LEED AP Looking at the really amazing spaces in church design magazines certainly can make one drool. It’s all wonderful if the church has a vast budget, unconstrained land, and a lot of resources. […]

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REPURPOSE WITH PURPOSE

By Rodney C. James While many spaces in existing churches are no longer used for their original purpose, it opens doors for reimagining how to recapture that square footage for new ministry opportunities. Such was the case at Central Baptist Church in Owasso, Okla. Church leaders engaged Master’s Plan Church Design and Construction to help […]

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Making room for more children + more friends + more families

By Jonathan Fallin, AIA When your church is located down the street from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Florida, your children’s spaces really need to be next-level cool.  At Orlando First Baptist, a pair of three-story kids’ buildings — now connected by a colorful, glassed-in atrium — definitely rises to the challenge. Prior to […]

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No IT team? No problem

Making the most of do-it-yourself workflows really works for CityBridge Community Church. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh For Dan McHugh, becoming operations director at CityBridge was a natural fit, both for himself and for the church. When Watermark Community Church in Dallas decided to open a campus in Plano, Texas in 2015 — called CityBridge — McHugh […]

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An untapped (and unspoken) opportunity

How to provide help, hope and healing to sexual abuse survivors in your church Church Executive: Even now, it seems like sexual trauma incidents are treated like isolated incidents. Why? Dr. James Reeves: Sexual abuse occurs in a subterranean place. In a secret place. Most of the public is living on one level; beneath that, […]

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CALLING THE CHURCH TO ACTION:

Sexual abuse prevention and healing occur at the church level By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Why does child sexual abuse continue to impact the Church? Why do so many abuse survivors remain hurting and silent? What must change in the Church? In the last 10 years, our culture has experienced repeated clarion calls for […]

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