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Study reveals sharp increase in planned gifts + COVID-19 planned giving impact

A new study released by BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s Planned Giving Practice reveals that, despite concerns the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would have a negative impact on the future of giving, philanthropists increased their support of the non-profit sector during 2019.  Non-profit organizations represented in BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s 2020 Annual Charitable Gift […]

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Don’t forget the offering!

From OnlineGiving.org “I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen vision connected to the offering.” That comment was made by a denominational leader to me recently. He revealed what I have long known: the offering is the least prepared moment of our worship services. Now that we’re all worshipping remotely, my […]

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Buy. Renovate. Build. Repeat?

Flexibility — and familiarity — in financing ensure one church’s buy/renovate/build expansion project is a smooth operation By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Recently, Northridge Church in Rochester, NY, found itself in a unique position. To accommodate growth, it would need to buy, renovate and build. It was a different project than the church’s 2008 sanctuary build-out — […]

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Compensation basics

Compensation is always a challenging subject for church leaders, but even more so right now as they and their congregations struggle through the pandemic. Here’s some great advice from MMBB Financial Services (New York, NY), financial experts and pastors alike on how to approach the compensation equation (and discussion) right now. When we talk about […]

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Child sexual abuse and insurance coverage

Avoiding Common Pitfalls By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris Every church — whether it’s multi-campus or a recent plant — deals with insurance coverage. Ministry leaders tend to gravitate to the least expensive policy options and often lack knowledge about what they should be looking for when securing coverage related to child sexual abuse risk. […]

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Realize the risk

How to assess your church’s child sexual abuse risk points — and how to do (much) better In many churches, leaders think child sexual abuse “can’t happen here.” What’s the reality? Guy A. Russ: Any organization that serves children must understand the statistics: one in four girls and one in 13 boys are likely to […]

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Raising the bar: 4 steps your ministry can take to better protect the children in your care

Headlines regarding abuse in the Church cause us to grieve. As experts in church insurance and ministry, we know that churches and ministries never question the importance of protecting the children and other vulnerable populations entrusted to their care. But it’s how you go about protecting those you serve that has become more difficult and […]

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What’s the No. 1 reason churches end up in litigation?

Answer: Sexual abuse with a minor A single lawsuit can derail a thriving, growing church and cost millions of dollars, as well as the loss of members and their faith in the safety of the church. Such a catastrophe can happen to any church without proper risk management strategies in place. Being prepared for the […]

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Sexual abuse and molestation guidance

Sexual misconduct can have psychological, emotional and physical effects on victims and their families. However, the damage doesn’t stop there. Just one incident of sexual misconduct can destroy the trust, credibility and reputation of an organization and the organization’s leaders for years. Adding further pain to an incident of sexual misconduct are the legal costs […]

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Protecting children in ministry

The mission of any religious organization is to minister to its congregation in a safe and nurturing environment. One of the most important aspects of this mission should be protecting the most vulnerable of their flock. Unfortunately, child sexual abuse within religious organizations is still a grim reality, yet many ministries fall short of the […]

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