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5 interesting sermon topics to reach people in the new year

Many people resolve to pay more attention to their spiritual life, and worship attendance spikes. Maximize the impact of your service with these great sermon ideas. Read More

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How to rethink your church’s direct mail strategy

Physical mail is not out for the count. Revisit your mail strategy and think about when and why you might send paper to people via their local mail carrier. Read More

4 awesome ideas to boost stewardship campaigns

Stewardship campaigns are as important as they are predictable. Adding one or all these simple technology solutions may help you bring a fresh perspective to the long-standing tradition. Read More

The power of a story: crowdfunding success guide

Through attractive pages, an easy process and an efficient plan, churches can use crowdfunding to raise designated funds by garnering many (often smaller) online donations. Read More

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How to thank your amazing givers

Small expressions of appreciation help donors feel loved and involved with ministry. Increase the desire for donors to give with these five creative ways to say "Thank you!" Read More

How to use your church’s history for good

Church leaders must think like historians. That means basing decisions on facts and having an open mind, even about long-held assumptions. Read More

5 incredible illustrations from biblical archaeology

Stories in the Bible can sometimes be difficult to visualize. These biblical archaeology illustrations bring the Bible to life by showing how God was at work in the lives of... Read More

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Making the most of your advertising dollars

Even with limited funds, you can learn how to effectively share the good word about your church. Employ these strategies from successful advertising campaigns. Read More

How to write your way to a better Bible study

Combine note-taking and journaling to enhance your Bible study, prayer time and sermon preparation. Read More

Capture attention with creative church announcements

Don't let church announcements take away from the most important aspects of worship. Here are four ways to creatively communicate and keep people focused on what's important. Read More

Make your ministry announcements better: Tips that boost action

Move beyond simply announcing the who, when and where. Preaching announcements can show people how they can put their faith to work. Read More

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Hospitality starts at the curb

United Methodist churches across the connection are deploying outdoor ministry teams to greet people as soon as they enter the parking lot. Read More

Technology and creativity — a recipe for Thanksgiving

If you are trying to figure out how your church can celebrate Thanksgiving, the Web offers a variety of ideas to help make the preparations easier. Read More

When you need more: Church fundraising basics

What types of fundraisers should churches conduct, and how can you get your members on board? Is it possible even to make fundraising fun and meaningful? Find out. Read More

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Breaking the taboo: how the church can help people with mental illness

Mental illness is better understood today, but some of the abuse from the past has been replaced with silence in the present. The church can help us move beyond the... Read More

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How to save money with technology

Pinching pennies is never fun, but cutting costs can be good stewardship. Here are several ideas on how to save money using technology. It’s not as hard as you... Read More

5 stages every high performing team must experience

Successful teams consistently follow a predictable path of forming, storming, norming and performing. Achieve greatness while leading your church's various groups. Read More

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How to care for the children in your congregation

Just because children are small doesn't mean they are less important. Give children the best environment and spiritual education that you can provide. Read More

Turn strangers into members and promoters of your church

People don't want their lives interrupted by constant marketing -- they want to be helped. Align goals with their needs and people will help promote your cause. Read More

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5 ways Jesus taught how to teach others

Jesus modeled five clear ways to develop the people he led. Follow in his steps and your church will grow. Read More