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Is there a Scriptural mandate for corporate worship?

How do churches adapt in a world that is changing on a daily basis? With an estimated two billion people globally claiming to be Christians, it is no wonder that the challenge for churches to reach this generation is to engage different cultures, genres and personalities to remain effective.

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Efficient church bookstores function as outreach ministry

Bookstores have long since been a tool for churches to use in order to further their members’ spiritual education and encourage outreach.

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Church leaders must set the tone for effective internal control

As church congregations and budgets grow, the potential exposure to fraud and other illicit behavior grows as well. Larger churches would be well served to consider steps that other nonprofit entities have taken to tighten their internal control environments.

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A concrete cathedral is designed to achieve acoustic excellence

There are many challenges to achieving great acoustics in a sanctuary, and the 1,820-seat, 32,000-square-foot sanctuary of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, TX was certainly no exception.

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Why the church is losing men and boys and why it matters

In the early 1950s, attendance in Protestant churches in the U.S. mirrored the postwar population: 52 percent female, 48 percent male. Today the typical U.S. worship service draws an adult crowd that’s 61 percent female. Many mainline congregations are two-thirds women. No other religion suffers such a huge gender disparity.

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Receive funds for your church project at three points less

If you could finance your next large construction project at three points less than a commercial lender would ordinarily charge without additional risk or gimmickry, wouldn’t you do so?

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How to secure project financing in an economic downturn

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … ,” wrote Charles Dickens in his classic, “A Tale of Two Cities.” You don’t need an advanced degree to see that these are difficult economic times. In spite of that, many churches around the country are still growing and looking for creative ways to manage that growth.

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Churches can guard against the threat of cybersquatting

My son sees me on the computer regularly and continually asks, “Can I go on the computer too?” He’s already using the Internet on a limited basis at school, so it seemed like a logical next step for him to click, drag and drop at home.

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Jim Poit, Executive Pastor, Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA

When a pastor takes a new assignment with a church it is as much an adjustment for the family as it is for the candidate. So it was for the family of Jim Poit when he accepted Robert A. Schuller’s invitation to become executive pastor at the Crystal Cathedral when Robert became senior pastor, succeeding founding pastor Dr. Robert H. Schuller, two years ago.

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Seven ways to integrate worship into the congregation’s life and ministry

The last 30 years have brought unprecedented expansion of the kinds of people who plan and lead worship. For centuries worship services in most traditions were led exclusively by ordained priests or pastors, along with a lead cantor or musician.

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