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Customized seating meet aesthetic and technical requirements

Theater seating offers church leaders the capabilities to have adaptable worship centers that can feature longer rows, fewer aisles, greater capacity, improved sight lines and better comfort. This type of sanctuary seating can also be customized to many different specifications that can reflect the character and personalities of church leaders and congregations.

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Church bookstores are the fastest growing segment of Christian retail

Geni Hulsey came into the church bookstore business with just a table near the café at First Baptist Church, Houston, TX, that over 15 years grew by dint of hard work and foresight into The Garden Bookstore at her church.

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What ministry leaders need to consider as they face retirement

Key steps for church leaders to consider for a healthier and financially viable retirement. By Susan Wilhoit Daily we’re reminded of ways to improve our physical health: eat less fat, exercise, drink more water and reduce stress. While these things are certainly beneficial and important, we can’t neglect our financial health either, especially when it […]

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Donor advised funds are valuable alternatives to direct giving

By Christine Abrams and John Butler A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) may allow your church members or faithful supporters to make tax deductible gifts before they are sure of where it should be used. Are you familiar with the benefits potentially offered by a Donor Advised Fund to members or attendees of your church or […]

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Ron Keener

JESUS. PRESIDENT? Embodying the change we seek in our culture. By Ronald E.  Keener Pastors and politicians don’t often mix well. The current election season has shown that — writ large. John Hagee said he’d never endorse another candidate when an initial endorsement of John McCain went awry. Rick Warren said he doesn’t believe pastors […]

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Nation’s economic troubles worry some churches while others see a silver lining in downturn

How will the nation’s economic slowdown affect America’s churches? Even as there’s a softening of $4-plus gasoline, there still loom large layoffs, bottoming stock markets, rising food prices and home foreclosures.

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Bus trips become a ministry for expanding one’s faith

Taking the church bus on a road trip is an altogether difference experience with the folks at Lightrider, a mobile retreat ministry that uses a 40-foot double-decker motor coach equipped with seats and bunk beds.

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Erwin McManus, Senior Pastor, Mosaic Church, Los Angeles, CA

Erwin McManus calls himself a cultural architect. His college major was philosophy, and he spent most of his early, secular career as a futurist working with companies and organizations — and still does as he pastors Mosaic Church in East Los Angeles.

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Spread the good news in color to gain attention and responses

As communicators, what result do we want from our readers? Whether inside or outside the church, we all seek to inform, educate, or persuade as we communicate to others. Within the weekly messages to parishioners, church communicators hope to increase involvement, attendance, membership and overall contribution.

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Proactive steps protect board members against allegations

Think back to when you were first selected to be part of your church board. If your church is like most, the process probably was not very formal. I recall my first experience in becoming a church board member. I received a phone call from a member of the nominating committee asking about my interest. There was no written description for the position, just a verbal summary of the job.

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