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Justice Department opposes block on contraceptive mandate
USA Today
The Obama administration called on Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to lift her order temporarily blocking a part of the president's signature health care law that requires some religious-affiliated organizations to cover forms of contraception in their health care plans. The Justice Department said in court papers that the challenge to the contraceptive requirement, filed by the Catholic nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor for the Aged, did not impose a "substantial burden" and the Denver-based nuns "fail to satisfy the demanding standard for the extraordinary and rarely granted relief they seek."
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Construction cost is only part of the church project budget
By Robert C. Foreman
The task of preparing to build a new church facility may seem overwhelming to the steering committee. There is much to do and much to plan. However, with experienced professional help, the task can be accomplished. When getting ready to build, one of the first questions is: How much is all this going to cost? It is important to remember the construction cost of the building is only part of the overall expense. In this article, we will briefly summarize the major items that make up a project budget.
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Electronic reporting now required for foreign accounts
Church Law and Tax
U.S. organizations and individuals (including churches and church officials) that have a financial interest in, or signature authority over, one or more foreign financial accounts with total balances exceeding $10,000 during any part of a calendar year must generally file a Form TD F 90-22.1, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, or FBAR. Effective immediately, FBARs covering 2013 and all future years must be electronically filed.
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What nonprofits should start doing in 2014
Chronicle of Philanthropy
To improve performance, nonprofits should pick out key pieces of data from each of their departments and review them regularly at staff meetings, says Amy Sample Ward, chief executive of the Nonprofit Technology Network, who calls the measures "canary metrics" — figures that show the canary in the coal mine that could be a sign of future trouble. Looking at important data regularly, she says, helps organizations stop making decisions based on hunches and identify potential problems early.
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Start a legally sound church this year
Managing Your Church
By our count, starting a new church requires at least seven significant steps to ensure it has proper legal and tax standing. And within those seven steps, numerous smaller steps abound. For instance, did you know that incorporating with a state corporation commission alone involves five critical pieces that need to be in place first? That includes the identification of board responsibilities and the incorporation of provisions required by the IRS.
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NY historic black church and Episcopal diocese in legal battle over property
The Christian Post
A historically black New York congregation is presently in a legal dispute over the church's property with The Episcopal Church. St. Mathias Ministries of Wantagh's congregation seeks to keep the church property it's meeting in even as the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island wants to sell the facilities. The lawsuit on the part of the congregation to keep the over century-old property will be heard before the New York State Supreme Court in Mineola.
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Perfecting the social media balancing act in 2014
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Social media has now been around for years. No matter the industry, you know you have to be on social media — especially in 2014. Managing social media is a fun part of the business, but realistically, it's also one of the hardest. It seems like there's always another social media site popping up, and to stay trendy, you and your business have to be on it. How in the world can one business manage all of these sites? Balancing social media is an act you've got to learn to master quickly, before you burn out.
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Divine devices or digital distractions?
Associated Baptist Press
Want to tweet that particularly provocative quote from Sunday's sermon? Go ahead, say pastors who increasingly are encouraging digital devices in worship services, which they say expands their congregation's community. Mobile phone statistics indicate their use in cars, planes and houses of worship is all but inevitable. People bothered by the existence of cellphones in the pews must realize there's really no going back.
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Why the church must embrace the technological revolution
Church Executive
The message of the church is eternal and never needs changing. Yet how we do church must continually change. We're living in the midst of a technological and communications revolution, and we must embrace it or be left behind. Here are some thoughts.
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Contentment is the enemy of greatness
By C. Fredrick Crum
I recently heard a quote from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life." The quote goes as follows: "If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more." Needless to say Rick Warren's quote caused me to shout, "You are wrong, you are dead wrong!"

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Church-centered technology for facilities
Worship Facilities
As today's church leaders take on the countless tasks associated with effectively leading and running their churches, it is evident that technology continues to play a more integral role. Seemingly in every aspect of church operations, new technology is making it easier for churches to run smoothly and get their messages out to the masses.

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Time to kill your worship guide? 4 things to consider
By Mark MacDonald
It seems every day we hear stories of newspapers realizing the costs of their reporters, the paper or the printing are not worth it. Even with advertising revenues helping to pay their costs. So why do we think it's worth the church's expense to pay for bulletins? Actually, it's not really the "cost" that has created this dilemma.

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4 states still don't have megachurches
Gleanings
Megachurches may seem ubiquitous today, with more than 5 million people now worshiping at one of America's 1,650 megachurches on an average week. But research by Leadership Network's Warren Bird, who has tracked the megachurch phenomenon closely, indicates that four U.S. states still don't have a Protestant congregation with more than 2,000 weekly attenders.
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Contentment is the enemy of greatness
By C. Fredrick Crum
I recently heard a quote from Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life." The quote goes as follows: "If you don't learn contentment, you'll never be happy. You'll always want more." Needless to say Rick Warren's quote caused me to shout, "You are wrong, you are dead wrong!" In my world, you are either in a state of improvement or a state of decline. There is no contentment. While others are busy being content, the rest of us are happily working to pass them by.
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6 insights for leading lay volunteers
Church Central
One of the greatest blessings in churches today and throughout history is the number of men and women who gladly give of their time and energy to do ministry. Indeed, churches across the world would not function as they do without the giving spirit of lay volunteers. Paid staff members alone are not sufficient to do all the work of ministry in any church. Simultaneously, one of the greatest challenges for church leaders is the recruiting and retention of these volunteers.
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Don't treat your employees like you want to be treated
Forbes
We've all been told that we should treat others the same way we want to be treated. However, don't take this literally in your role as a manager. After all, everyone is different. How your employees respond and react to different situations will vary. In many cases, you do have to be fair in the way you treat your employees, but the reality is that each member of your staff is unique and you need to take that into account.
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11 expert tips to help you be more productive in 2014
Fast Company
Trying to wade through so much coverage of how to do things more efficiently can get in the way of actually getting things done. So in the interest of saving you time, we've asked some of the most superproductive people with whom we work to share how they manage to accomplish so much.
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