Creating connection in today’s church

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Since its earliest days, the American church has been a place where neighbors came together, growing a community through shared experiences and social opportunities. People valued being seen at church on Sunday and involved throughout the week. Children learned values in church and developed relationships that often lasted a lifetime. In every town and city, the steeples were the highest point on the horizon, and the churches were just as central to the shape of the community and its culture.

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The collateral beauty of change

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 13, 2017 1:15:08 PM

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I recently watched the Will Smith movie Collateral Beauty, which centers on his character, Howard, and his response to a terrible loss. The unusual title — indeed, the theme of the movie — is illuminated during a conversation in which an older woman tells a younger one not to miss the collateral beauty in a death she is facing.

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In this community, generosity is a way of life

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 6, 2017 12:50:00 PM

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We’re living in an age of connectedness. Terms like sharing economy, peer-to-peer and crowdsource have leapt from concepts to accepted norms. From offerings like Airbnb to Indiegogo, Americans are actively creating ways to combine resources and help one another experience more, do more

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Easter around the world

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 23, 2017 3:16:27 PM

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So much of the church’s celebration of Easter is based on common beliefs and similar rituals. But how people observe the holiday outside those walls varies greatly.

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A practical perspective on giving

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2017 2:46:23 PM

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While the tide of giving to churches rises at Easter, we know that it typically ebbs afterward. Giving to churches continues to decline, and the percentage of members who tithe is significantly less than the traditional percentage of the tithe itself: It hovers somewhere between 1.5% and 4%, judging by the most recent figures from a variety of sources.

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The importance of innovation in the church (part 2)

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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When it comes to managing change, thinking carefully about who and what it will impact is key. You may be integrating a new e-Giving solution, introducing an outreach program or starting a different worship service, but in every case, emotions will be involved, and people will seek understanding and time to process what the change means to them.

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The importance of innovation in the church (part I)

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 2, 2017 3:14:40 PM

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We are in an era when change is a constant, and the reasons for nurturing an active spirit of progress, whether we’re talking about technology, programs, services or any other aspect of the church, are more numerous every year.

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Helping Easter visitors connect with your church

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 23, 2017 3:44:15 PM

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Easter is Christianity’s oldest and most important holiday, and for many churches, it’s a bit like the religious “Super Bowl” – full of anticipation, preparation and celebration for huge numbers of people who may not have shown interest throughout the rest of the year.

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The best ways to raise grateful givers from preschool to adulthood

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 16, 2017 2:31:59 PM

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Teaching children about generosity and giving practices when they’re young yields lifelong benefits. They grow up as disciples of wise stewardship. They engage with their church community early in life. And, more often than not, they end up with a sense that wealth comes from generosity — not the other way around.

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Marketing practices for modern churches

Posted by Jim Kreller

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 9, 2017 2:28:18 PM

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From ancient times, when the image of an ichthys drawn in the sand served as an invitation for people to gather in worship, marketing has played a significant role in the life of the church.

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