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Q&A: background check basics

Professional advice on what’s required for volunteers versus staff For many churches, a background check is the only line of defense employed when screening volunteers and staff. Is it enough?  Brian Gleason: A background check is a best practice in searching for any previous convictions since previous behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. […]

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Lending, interrupted(?)

A long-time church lending expert talks about how churches navigated COVID-era financing challenges — and the lessons they’ll carry forward. Tell me about WatersEdge and your history with the company.  Jerry Vaughan: WatersEdge Ministry Services (formerly The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma) has been making loans to churches since 1953. Personally, I’ve been here almost 21 […]

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Collaboration is key

One of the most challenging aspects of growth in a church can be the preparation and coordination of balancing space needs with financial means. After all, the physical building can mean so much to your church family. You want to have a certain feeling when you walk in the building. You want the building to […]

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The lending landscape in 2021

Though I’ve been blessed to work with churches for more than two decades, I learned a long time ago: never say “I’ve seen it all.”  The past year is the perfect example of why. Without a doubt, 2021 provided us with new and unique challenges — but it also confirmed some emerging trends and some […]

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Taking stock of your life insurance

By Alina Parizianu, CFP®, MBA, RICP® Most people don’t like to think about life insurance coverage.  However, in the event of your death, having it can mean your family will be taken care of financially. Proper life insurance coverage can eliminate concerns about money and finances as loved ones grieve your death. Even modest funerals […]

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Thinking outside the “big box”

  With an open mind and a big vision as its foundation, Winners Chapel International Maryland is a totally reimagined space that ticks all the boxes — and comes in under budget. By RaeAnn Slaybaugh With locations all over the world, including Europe and Africa — notably including Canaanland in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, which […]

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Dr. Steven Steinhilber announced as Luther Rice College and Seminary’s 5th President

Dr. James Flanagan, president of Luther Rice College and Seminary, along with Jimmy Cox, Board of Trustees chair, announced today the appointment of Dr. Steven Steinhilber as the institution’s 5th president. The search was led by members of the Board of Trustees who unanimously selected Dr. Steinhilber to succeed Dr. James Flanagan, president of 27 […]

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Preparing for the unthinkable: armed intruders

In the last year, “preparation” at many organizations focused on protecting health and safety in the pandemic. As people gather again for in-person events and activities, preparation must include a renewed focus on other forms of safety — and ways to mitigate risk. Unfortunately, as recent events across our nation have shown, armed intruders are […]

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Join easyTithe NEXT WEEK on Thursday, June 17th at 2PM EDT to learn all about our Managed Giver Engagement campaigns

Keeping donors engaged is the key to seeing consistent contribution levels throughout the year, and now easyTithe will manage communication campaigns on behalf of your church — saving you time so you can focus on ministry! This option is included with your giving account to help reduce fluctuations in donations during holidays or summer slumps. […]

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Fully online — from the beginning

At Rockbridge Seminary, online education isn’t a new endeavor for us. It’s who we are, really. All of our programs have been fully online since the seminary started offering courses in 2003. We designed it this way because of our awareness of the struggles ministers face in pursuing campus-based theological education: long commutes to campus, […]

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