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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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Can civil disobedience restore free political speech for churches?

In the recent election cycle there have been several situations where churches or church leaders have become involved in political activity that has led to calls for revocation of the churches’ tax exempt status.

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Could your church use a new car or vacation home?

Imagine that if on a typical Sunday your offering plate was loaded down with gifts of cars, boats, RVs, timeshares, jewelry, gold coins and stamp donations.

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Churches can get more for less with metal construction systems

Two churches that opted for facilities designed and constructed with metal building systems believe that they met and exceeded wise stewardship by the choices they made.

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What does the data say about SBC church closings?

Clay Price has been looking at church data for most of his career — in the past 15 years as researcher for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and previously for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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