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How to ensure a truly engaging worship space, by design

By Mark R Ashcraft with Bruce Woody, AIA The act of worship is a very personal experience. No matter the style of worship, there are common elements that will create an engaging experience. A sanctuary — or worship center, depending on your tradition — is a big factor in the act of worship itself. A […]

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Maximizing the 403(b) plan … for employees AND employers

By Colin E. Nass, CFP®, AEP®, RICP® & James R. Cook, CFP® Retirement savings plans, such as the 403(b) plan, offer benefits to both employees and employers First, let’s look at how employees can make the most of a 403(b) plan. For many, saving for retirement is one of the largest goals we will need […]

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By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Sixteen years ago, when Collin Lucas joined the staff at Cornerstone Fellowship of Livermore, he worked in IT. However, he also brought with him extensive experience in the business management consulting realm. Now, as Cornerstone’s CFO, his secular business background has proven instrumental in helping build — and fund intelligently — the […]

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Armed security — is it a wise option for you?

Violence at worship centers — including numerous shootings — has religious organizations across the country struggling with the question of the need for armed security. A violent act at a place of worship is almost always going to be one of the worst tactical situations you can create. It’s a close, crowded area where 99.9 […]

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How a pastor conquered his fundraising “learning curve” (in a big way!)

In 1992, Dr. Brent Taylor joined the staff at First Baptist Carrollton as the summer youth minister. Seven years later, he was lead pastor. It was his first pastor position. As a new, young pastor, he admits that fundraising represented a very steep learning curve. “I grew up in the church and was part of […]

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MMBB Financial Services unveils new look

MMBB website

New logo and messaging aim to increase awareness for the American Baptist retirement benefits pioneer MMBB Financial Services (MMBB) unveiled a refreshed brand identity at their offices in New York City yesterday. One of the oldest financial services ministries in the United States, MMBB provides a wide range of financial wellness services including retirement benefits, […]

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How this Lenten season is telling us Easter is the right time to engage in fundraising

Lent Easter

We have noticed a shift in mindset early in the Lenten season in how many are choosing to sacrifice. Rather than quitting chocolate and red wine for 40 days, we’ve observed a budding trend of supporters pointing to the “noisy” political environment and tragedies of late. This year, people are deciding to turn down the […]

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Park Church of Monmouth County, New Jersey seeks Senior Pastor

Park Church, a fabulous non-denominational church in Monmouth County, NJ, is looking for a Senior Pastor whose mission it is to invite and inspire the world to follow Jesus. We are a compassionate loving community in a thriving area, close to the beach, New York, the mountains, and Philadelphia. Our story is truly unique, starting in 2002 […]

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Six ‘Communities of Faith’ Grants available — application deadline: March 16

By Hillary Bowling As a provider of simple, reliable communication tools that require no software, no extended training (and no hassle), we have found that communities that communicate on a regular basis with their congregants reap more benefits: Increased attendance Higher engagement Consistent giving Connectivity — reliable, ongoing communication — is essential to the cultivation and retention […]

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3 tips for church business managers: handling collections

money counting churches

By Tim Grabacki It’s not something church business managers think about a lot, but:  How you count the money might be affecting the church more than you’d think.  Here are three tips on how to better handle cash and checks in your collections.   #1: Treat the business office like a business office The mission […]

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