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Clergy tax planning… there is a difference

By Louis P. Barbarin, CPA When it comes to taxes, clergy people often ask questions such as, “How can I save money or reduce my tax bill?” or “Will itemizing my deductions help reduce my tax bill?” or “How does the Housing Allowance affect my taxes?” You might not realize it, but tax planning for […]

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Delivering planned giving results

By Michael Prior, J.D. In our first two installments, this series discussed: So, what exactly is planned giving? and Recognizing planned giving as a ministry. Now, we’ll examine how a proactive planned giving stewardship program can deliver impressive, real-world results.

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Vision-Casting: how to integrate church culture, DNA into the design

By Nick Cooper If you’re beginning to think about a new facility, addition, remodel or relocation, you must first understand the culture and DNA of your congregation. Design should be an expression of those values aiding in your mission.

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Getting your systems ready for special events

By Andrew Scriven Christmas and Easter — arguably the two most wonderful, celebrated (also painful / dreaded) events in the life of the church. Most churches go all out to celebrate, incorporating advanced production techniques they don’t normally use — added vocals, special instrumentation, mixed-media presentations, dramatic lighting, special effects, animals … you get the […]

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Disaster prevention & recovery best practices

Reporting by RaeAnn Slaybaugh   From an insurer’s perspective, how often do you find that churches are truly, adequately prepared in the realm of disaster prevention & recovery? Kyle Illbeck: Churches typically focus their resources on furthering their ministry and mission, and disaster preparedness becomes an afterthought until it’s too late. Unfortunately, it’s rare for […]

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5 steps to help minimize the impact of an active shooter incident

By Brian Gleason Active shooter incidents have become a concern for all in recent years. These incidents occur without warning and quickly progress.   Although they cannot always be prevented, organizations can take steps to help minimize the impact to their organization, employees or students. Having a plan in place to respond to an active shooter […]

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Engagement is key to Millennial support

By Kristine Miller, CFRE For many churches, figuring out how to engage Millennials in ministry and giving is one of their most pressing concerns. Church leaders often lament the absence of young families from the church’s pledge list and Bible study rosters. Understanding the Millennial mindset is crucial for appealing to this generation that has […]

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Are you ready for the new GAAP?

By Jason Terrell This year will prove to be a pivotal year for some churches, thanks to more stringent reporting standards  published in 2016 for the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These standards will be effective for calendar year 2018 and beyond.    Who is affected?  Ministries affected by these new reporting standards include churches or […]

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Pushpay announces summer product launch to accelerate church leaders’ ability to drive participation and increase generosity

Announcement comes as hundreds gather to learn about industry trends and company news at Pushpay’s sold-out conference, Summit One Day On August 16, Pushpay Holdings Limited ( NZSX:PPH , ASX:PPH , ‘Pushpay’ or ‘the Company’), a leading payments and engagement provider to the US faith sector, announced a sweeping set of company updates for customers […]

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New pathways to enhance life & work

theological seminary study

“Bethany Theological Seminary has a history of adapting its program to meet the changing needs of the church and society. Now the Seminary finds itself in a rapidly changing religious landscape, involving congregational life, denominational institutions, religious affiliation, and spirituality in America.” From its beginnings in Chicago — when prison ministry and service to immigrants […]

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