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Fight Porn in Your Church  

Porn is devouring Christians. It’s consuming them in secrecy and shame–and too many churches are doing nothing about it. So, what should concerned pastors and ministry leaders do?   Every week, after the last chorus and closing prayer, large numbers of churchgoers are heading home for a porn binge. People in the pews — men, women, children, young and old […]

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Following up on Carson v. Makin

A key First Amendment case progresses; addresses government funding for churches and church schools Church Executive has been following the recent string of Supreme Court cases which are sorting out the First Amendment guardrails defining the extent to which church schools and other church-affiliates are entitled to participate in government tuition and other subsidy programs. […]

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Two Congregations Receive 2020 Widow’s Mite Award

In partnership with American Baptist Churches USA, MMBB Financial Services is honored to present the 2020 Widow’s Mite Award to two outstanding churches for their extraordinary efforts; Parkchester Baptist Church, Bronx, New York and First Baptist Church, Mattoon, Illinois.  These congregations were chosen for their tireless effort and steadfast commitment to their communities and to […]

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MMBB Awarded Grant of $500,000 by Lilly Endowment Inc.

  MMBB Financial Services is pleased to announce they have been awarded a grant of $500,000 by Lilly Endowment Inc. as part of its continued support for MMBB’s Financial Wellness for Pastoral Leaders and their Congregations initiative. As with all the financial education programs at MMBB, our goal is to improve the financial health of […]

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Eliminating accessibility barriers promotes inclusion in worship

By Kathryn McCormack Separation of church and state has been an important pillar of our country since its inception. An individual’s freedom to explore his or her faith should be available to all who choose to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose in life and belonging within their communities. Often, this freedom is taken for […]

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Uncommonly common coverages

For Jamie Barth, accommodating unique insurance requests is pretty common. A large Texas church hosts a Christmas pageant including live animals — camels, lions, a small elephant, and sheep for the manger. The church hires an outside company to provide the animals.  The need for separate insurance coverage never occurs to church leaders; it only […]

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Missional alliance (and much more)

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh With rates near historic lows, it makes a lot of sense for a church to consider refinancing its debt right now.  Like many houses of worship, Reston Bible Church (RBC) in Dulles, Va., wanted to take advantage of this lending climate while the opportunity existed.  In particular, Executive Pastor Bruce Campbell was […]

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Authentic — in and out of season

How one North Houston church is transforming a challenging piece of property for the entire community’s benefit In 2019, after meeting in a school for three years, Declaration Church in North Houston, Texas, set its sights on building a permanent home. For this church plant of WoodsEdge Community Church, it was a wonderful blessing — […]

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Protecting your flock: awareness

By Kirk Evans We live in trying times, in an era when hatred sometimes boils over into violence against strangers.  What was once your safe place — your church sanctuary — is not immune to violent attacks. Criminals can come into your service, armed with intent to murder. To protect what is sacred, you must […]

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YEAR-END TAX PLANNING TIPS

By Rev. James R. Cook, CFP®, RICP® We are now in the fourth quarter of the year, which means it is the perfect time to consider tax planning.  Many of us only think of our taxes when we sit down to pull information together to complete our tax returns, but by then it is often […]

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