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Payday: Have You Avoided The Traps?

By: Julie L. Bloss Call the laborers and pay them their wages….” (Matt. 20:8 RSV). Today it’s not that simple. Churches must not only pay their laborers, but also comply with numerous federal payroll laws. WHY A PROBLEM? Some churches fail to comply with federal payroll requirements. Reasons: *Difficult rules that are hard to understand. […]

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Apostolic Church Membership Application

By Charles Grissom PLEASE CHECK APPROPRIATE BLANK: ADULT MEMBERSHIP (16 years and over) YOUTH MEMBERSHIP (13 through 15 years) “MEMBERSHIP OBLIGATIONS ” As a member of this assembly, each person must accept the following obligations: 1. To conduct oneself everywhere as becometh a Christian. 2. To cleanse oneself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, […]

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Five Steps To A Strategic, Mission- And Vision-Minded Budget

By Aubrey Malphurs A budget guides a church in how it will spend its money, but too often it ignores the ministry’s values and the plan to accomplish its mission and vision. It may be that the church doesn’t even know what its core values are and may not have a biblical mission and a […]

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Making Your Programs Affordable

By Christine Yount Jones Economics has a direct impact on families-whether they’re in a lower-, middle-, or upper-income bracket. And the economic situations of families in your church influence the programs you can and cannot do. No church has been able to escape the recession. Families are struggling and church budgets are tighter. So how […]

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Keys To Starting A Small Business

By: Steve Cesari Are you an entrepreneur? I have started more than 15 companies and found that it takes more than a good idea and some talent to launch a successful business venture. Yet failure is not inevitable. Here are five principles that will help you greatly increase your odds of succeeding. Passion If you […]

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Buying That First Home

By David Reynolds “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterward build thy house.” Proverbs 24:27 Son, desire a home – not a house. You can buy a nice building and it can be empty. A home has a homemaker – a home has little children running around. […]

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Church Budgets: The Numerical Expression of Priorities

By Foster Banks Sr. Your Strategic Plan is the Faucet Everything flows from the strategic plan; your budget is no exception. If you’ve done your job in developing your strategic plan you will have a keen sense of your top 3-5 goals. You’ve assigned numerical measures (metrics) to each goal along with timelines for completion. […]

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Seven Steps To Financial Freedom

By Howard Dayton Everyone needs a financial “life map.” Follow these seven biblical basics to unlock the door to super-natural help. 1. Have A Spending Plan First, save $1,000 for emergencies. For two reasons: You must establish the habit of saving, and emergencies are inevitable. “The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish […]

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Lovers Of Pleasure Rather Than Lovers Of God

By: Jay Link Paul warns us (II Tim. 3:4) that in the last days Christians will become “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” The Greek word for “the sole and immediate pursuit of pleasure” is hedonism. You might recognize that term from the Hugh Heffner and Playboy Magazine dynasty and their unabashed pursuit and promotion of hedonism. […]

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How Do You Establish Church Budgets?

By: Larry Mills, Ph.D. A budget is a guideline for resource commitment. The budget becomes the vehicle through which our “intended” actions are translated into tangible commitment! One can verbally play “mind games” about what they are setting out to accomplish but the budget becomes the contract of commitment to the accomplishment of certain goals. An organization’s true commitments […]

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