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Sunday-morning QUARTERBACKING

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh No pastor can — or should — undergo a major building project without the right bench strength Rod MacIlvaine is no stranger to ‘quarterbacking’ a church building project. What he didn’t want to do with the new, 16,000-square-foot facility at Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, Okla., however, was navigate a third such […]

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ICYMI: Texting has really changed the ChMS game

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh When it comes to texting, The Church of Grace and Peace has it down. Here, Business Administrator Josette Kluender talks about all the different ways this easy, effective communications tool makes her whole team’s lives easier. Church Executive: I understand that you discovered your church’s ideal ChMS provider at a pastor’s conference. […]

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Custom tours create one-of-a-kind experiences

If your church is considering a trip to the Holy Land, it might make sense to take a custom tour. Here are 5 reasons why. #1: It prioritizes your priorities as a group  The first questions that we ask a church or ministry client concern the priorities it has for the experience. Do you want […]

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Holy Land journeys: A disciple-making tool or Christian vacation?

  Walking in the footsteps of Jesus in the land of the Bible is the ultimate hands-on disciple-making experience for Christians — not just a vacation to a destination related to church.  Educational Opportunities Tours (EO) President/CEO James Ridgway recently interviewed Rev. Tom Smith about how Holy Land journeys have changed lives and inspired the […]

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BIG FISH, BIG POND

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Back in 2017, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Phoenix had already contemplated adding covered parking, in the form of solar structures, to its campus for some time.  It was (and still is) a forward-thinking move not only for a house of worship, but for the area-at-large: when finished, it would be […]

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Refinancing in a rising-rate environment

For the past 14 years, we’ve been experiencing near-historic low rates, and it appears those days might soon be gone as rates have risen over the past several months.  The wonderful news? Many churches were able to take advantage of the low rates either by refinancing, purchasing a new property, or renovating or building a […]

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Show me the money! Borrowing-capacity tips for churches

Before you talk with any lending group, your church will need to fully understand the ups and downs of its last three years of financial statements. Church lenders will always focus on undesignated income, cash flow, debt and equity trends.  The first thing churches really want to know, however, is their borrowing capacity. Determining this […]

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The future of church funding growth

By David Thoroughman One of the challenges churches face is how to accelerate their vision through project-based funding initiatives. It requires a church to craft a clear vision and purpose and articulate it through a case for support. Additionally, a church will need to outline how the goal can be achieved and invite its people […]

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The Church Financial Field Guide

  Churches face a multitude of changes today. And the rate and extent of change are greater than ever, which means church leaders need to identify trends sooner and respond faster. The Church Financial Field Guide from CapinCrouse highlights seven costly mistakes to avoid so you can maximize your church’s ministry impact, including: Managing budgets like […]

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Together we engage the next generation

By Shanda Boyett 3 ways churches can use technology to connect with students Reaching anyone in this day and age is simpler than ever. But actually connecting with them? That can be incredibly hard. In a world filled with screens and smartphones, we’re constantly distracted or looking for the next best thing — particularly students. […]

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