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Topic: Finances

August 8, 2013

Finding a sustainable financial model for Christian institutions

Rather than fretting about growing revenue streams or cutting costs, it’s time to create new models for Christian congregations and related organizations. That starts with knowing how to read a balance sheet.

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June 20, 2011

Carol Howard Merritt: Strap on the bungee cord, but wait to jump

How can we create new ministries that serve the poor and reach the young, and still feed our families?

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April 24, 2014

Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Economic justice for the religious left
  • Historic church fights bankruptcy
  • Faith & football
  • Peace at home
  • Hollywood & heaven
  • Giving up
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February 8, 2012

Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Clergy seek debt relief
  • Puritan liberty
  • A purpose-driven diet
  • Command and collaborate
  • Pray them home
  • 'Power Concedes Nothing'
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August 15, 2013

Developing a new financial model begins with an inventory of assets and liabilities

Conventional thinking about raising new money will not be as effective as in the past, so institutional leaders need to think differently.

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June 27, 2011

Melissa Wiginton: Ministry a la carte?

Charging flat-rate fees for clergy services is probably not the answer for unemployed M.Div. grads, but in a time of anxiety over ministry positions, we need to be clear about why not.

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September 30, 2014

Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Christ & Cascadia
  • Fresh vision at Dallas church
  • Financial planning & religion
  • Baylor professor disputes decline
  • Tax scam church
  • A true story?
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November 29, 2012

Innovation and the bottom line

Maintaining a creative institutional culture doesn’t mean abandoning the budget. A free resource explores how innovation and business thinking can -- and should -- exist together.

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July 6, 2010

Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Soccer Sundays
  • Clergy for immigration reform
  • Compensation for Gulf churches?
  • CoE fight over bishop appointment
  • God beyond us
  • On the Jesus Trail
  • Blow your top
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August 29, 2013

What size should your organization be?

The size of a ministry affects services offered, financial model, member commitment and more. Determining the right scale is key to effective planning.

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