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JulyAug2016Cover Church Executive, July / August 2016Issue 4, Volume 15


Highlights include:

CLIFTON GUY: Mobilizing management software’s ministry power at the largest UMC in the nation

Clifton Guy, Director of Information Technology at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS, is a preacher’s kid. Two of his siblings are also pastors, as is his wife.

But, Clifton himself is a self-professed “technical guy,” with a real interest in computers since childhood. He earned his degree in computer engineering and embarked on a 10-year career in IT software development.

He’s also an entrepreneur, having started two tech companies and served on the management team of two other startups.

So, Resurrection was in very good hands when it was time to upgrade its church management software platform. Here’s how Guy orchestrated an intensive, intelligent selection process … and what you need to know before making a similar investment at your own church.

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh


Cybersecurity! What it is — and how to identify your own church’s biggest risks
By Charlie Cutler

Listen up! The pastor’s mic is a make-or-break audio element
By Vincent Gabriel Antonini, CTS

Capital Planning for Churches
Ignore at your own risk — the perils and pitfalls of not heeding your capital specialist’s advice

By Matthew C. Swain, RS

Finances & Administration for Church Leaders
Can your church really afford a pastor? Maybe not in the traditional sense…
By Rev. Dr. Sara E. Day, CFP®

Insurance Essentials
The do’s and don’ts of renting your church facility

By Eric Spacek, JD, ARM

Intelligent Church Giving
Never ask again: 3 technology-driven strategies for increasing church giving
By Joel Mikell & Derek Hazelet

Creating a Culture of Generosity
Using giving data for ministry

By the echurch content team

Church Management Software (ChMS)
Do’s and don’ts for engaging church volunteers
By Bill Gifford 

Legal Realities
Examining church bylaws

By David O. Middlebrook

Alternative Facility Options
How a non-traditional building approach can avoid traditional construction challenges
By Jim Peckham

Pastor-Friendly Sound Systems
At New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside, CA, visual impact is standard — and transparent.

By Daniel Keller

Savings in Numbers
How to save money for your ministry on the products churches buy most

By Glen Witsaman

Pastor Coaching
10 reasons why every leader needs a coach
By Shawn Lovejoy

Basic Church Finance
Comparing loan offers: how to do an apples-to-apples comparison and make the best long-term choice
By Darren Thompson & Richard Koon

Streaming Made Simple
Next-level livestreaming: within reach

By Andrew Ng

Never Again: Beyond Insurance
Don’t risk a lot for a little! Focus on: risk retention
By Michael J. Bemi


By Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA





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