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5 questions to ask when shopping for group health care

By Scott Charbonneau Effective ministry leaders are committed to investing in their staff. You nurture their faith and provide the tools they need to carry out the mission. However, caring for your staff runs deeper than ministry basics. You should also consider providing benefits like group health insurance to support them and their families from […]

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Expert Q&A: churches as safe spaces

Understanding the ins and outs of the sanctuary movement in houses of worship For pastors reading this article, what do we mean by the term “sanctuary movement” or “safe space”? What are the goals and objectives of these spaces? Friedman: Sanctuary is a term that has been used for centuries to describe protecting individuals in […]

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Maximizing generosity during the Christmas season

3 experts share tried-and-true strategies Given your experience, how important are gifts given during the Christmas season to a church’s bottom-line budget? Jasmin: Giving during the Christmas season is crucial to the work that churches do all year. It’s true that giving at year’s end represents an increasing portion of total giving in many churches […]

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Step 1: Dream

Technology is often one of the biggest line items in your budget — but how do you know if the A/V system you’ve chosen is the right fit, both now and in the future? Tim Corder, part of the production and solutions team at Mankin Media Systems, explains the Mankin process for ensuring that your […]

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Successful interviewing strategies for church leaders

By Vincent Schera and Rev. Dr. Perry J. Hopper Whether it is by phone, in person — either one-on-one or with a search committee — interviewing is one of the most important steps in the hiring process. You can increase the likelihood of hiring the person who is right for the position by thinking ahead […]

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GARY HAMRICK & CORNERSTONE CHAPEL: make yourself at home

  By RaeAnn Slaybaugh Editor in Chief By 1996, Cornerstone Chapel had met in a Leesburg, Va., school for several years. Growth necessitated that Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick and his team look for a permanent church home — either land on which to build on or an existing facility to renovate and call their own. […]

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Team up with your local law enforcement

By Brian Gleason A regular police presence at or near your school, church and/or local neighborhood is a valuable crime-prevention strategy. Here’s why. Did you know that routine patrolling of school and church grounds better positions law enforcement to act quickly when they receive a request for help? It helps build a level of comfort for […]

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Should churches receive FEMA funds?

Examining the changing landscape of church-state separation in the wake of two record-breaking hurricanes    Church Executive’s outline of the Supreme Court decision in the Trinity Lutheran Church v Pauley case this past June noted that the Court’s holding would likely be very important in making it clear, ultimately, that government assistance programs can’t unfairly discriminate […]

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Churches can ignite passion for the Bible with the Community Bible Experience

Proven Program Now Available with Resources So All Can Participate, from the Youngest Children to Students and Adults We all know we should read the Bible more often — and more deeply — than once a week. Nothing is more important to personal spiritual growth, and church vitality, than a deep, sustained connection with the […]

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Church child care centers: a financially sustainable ministry solution

Church facilities have long been a vastly underused ministry tool, with most spaces left vacant during the week besides an occasional bible study or evening meeting. What would happen to our ministries if we used our buildings seven days a week and reduced overhead expenses by two-thirds or more? By stewarding these unused spaces more effectively, […]

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