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Author Matt Cook

Matt Cook is assistant director at the Center for Healthy Churches. Previously, he served local congregations for more than 25 years, with nearly 20 years as senior pastor in churches in Texas, Arkansas and North Carolina.

Most churches have taken a significant financial hit from the COVID-19 health crisis, but some have seen their giving hold up and even increase. How did they do it? Check out these three trends most of these churches have in common. […] Read More

I hate “Silent Night.” Okay, not really, but I have been accused of somewhat negative attitudes toward this well-known (and admittedly beautiful) Christmas carol. It began one fall at a worship-planning meeting when someone suggested that we end the next service with the traditional combination of “Silent Night” and candle lighting. “But it wasn’t a […] Read More