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Pastor pay gap: What's driving lower pay for female clergy
Managing Your Church
The number of female pastors in the U.S. has doubled since 1990, according to a 2009 Barna study. And yet, even though the prevalence of women in leadership roles in the church is rising steadily, women's salary levels are not keeping pace with their male counterparts. A recent annual compensation study reveals a difference of $10,000, on average, between men and women. In some cases, the disparity is much wider.
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Are you working for God or with God?
By Deborah Wipf
There's an interesting dynamic that occurs when you earn a paycheck in ministry. Your work, and particularly, your performance on the job becomes tied into your relationship with God. When I worked for a ministry, I struggled with viewing my relationship (and right-standing) with God through the lens of how I felt I was performing on the job. Looking back, I realize how dangerous that mindset can be to our faith.
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TeleWeb: How to build volunteer team who'll go the second mile
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Our culture is obsessed with "busy," not serving, so the church is swimming against the current when we ask for volunteers. So how do we capture not only our congregation's attention but their hearts as well? How can we get to the point where we're no longer begging people to serve but simply connecting them with the opportunities? Deborah Wipf leads this Jan. 17 meeting full of practical tips you can take back to your church and start implementing right away.
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Online gifts rose 16 percent during holiday season
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Online gifts in the last two months of 2013 rose 16 percent higher than in the same months in 2012, according to Network for Good, a nonprofit that processes gifts made electronically. Donations from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 last year rose to $77.9 million, up from $67.1 million in 2012. The size of the average gift was one reason for the growth: The average donation increased 10 percent, from $157 in 2012 to $172 last year.
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Do you see your church in the latest multisite trends report?
Worship Facilities
The multisite experiment began as a prerecession Band-Aid strategy for megachurches that were out of room or restricted by zoning laws. It became the primary way healthy churches accommodated their growth during the recession. Even as the economy improves, the multisite model will continue to be the prevailing choice for accommodating and accelerating growth in healthy churches. Here are some additional developments emerging among 2014 multisite trends.
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5 ideas for working with volunteers
The NonProfit Times
Volunteers are a necessity for most nonprofits, and the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto is no different. According to Gail Nyberg, its executive director, volunteers are used at the organization solely because they are needed. Without them, she wrote in the book "5 Good Ideas," they couldn't come close to completing their mission of providing meals for the poor. But not all volunteers are created equal, according to Nyberg.
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When a church embezzler confesses
Managing Your Church
When confronted, the embezzler will often confess in order to prevent the church from turning the case over to the IRS, the police or to a CPA firm. Embezzlers believe they will receive better treatment from their own churches than from the government. And, in many cases, they are correct. Indeed, it is often astonishing how quickly church members will rally in support of the embezzler once he or she has confessed — no matter how much money was stolen from the church.
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The importance of new director orientation and mentoring
By John T. Dinner
Providing new directors with the support they need to fulfill their potential as valued contributors is a significant challenge requiring a strategically designed process to ensure success in the boardroom. More broadly speaking, organizations need to proactively identify director developmental needs and to establish a planned and concerted program to properly orient and develop new directors. Many boards see the wisdom in supporting new directors by assigning a more senior or seasoned board member to act as a mentor.
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Top 10 mistakes interviewers make
By Mel Kleiman
Recruiting and hiring new employees is both an art and a skill. Unfortunately, too few business owners and hiring managers have ever had any training in proven, best-practice techniques. Without training, most interviewers just "wing it" — ad-libbing their way through interviews and making decisions based more on instinct and impressions rather than logic.

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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.

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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?

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The new Facebook Donate Now button for nonprofits
Church Mag
Do you remember Facebook Causes? It was initially integrated into Facebook in such a way that it was fairly easy to give to your favorite nonprofits and charities using Facebook Causes. For the past several years, however, Facebook Causes has faded away, and most nonprofit organizations now find Facebook more difficult to engage their following, as reaching your own Facebook Page fans now comes at a price. However, Facebook has now made a new option available for select nonprofits to accept donations directly on their Facebook page and news feed posts.
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Religion forms buffer against work stress
The Telegraph
Religion is the answer to combating work stress because it provides a "buffer against strains" of modern life, research has claimed. A recent study concluded that employees who are more actively religious are more likely to report low levels of anxiety, depression and fatigue and also higher presence of meaning in life, that is feeling that their lives have meaning.
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The why and how of church names
Center for Church Communication
What's your church's name? Why do I care? Why should you care? Because names matter. Your name is what you lead with. As a person, family, school, sports team, store, restaurant, company — and yes, as a church. Your church name is a strategic outreach tool. A name can cut through the clutter, raise eyebrows and get people asking questions or wanting to learn more about your church, God or faith. Time to rethink your church's name? Here are three tips to consider.
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Supportive workplaces: The gift that keeps on giving
By Michael J. Berens
The start of a new year is the time for evaluating performance and deciding who will get the bigger carrot and who will get the bigger stick. Your employees' hearts and minds may be focused on their wallets, but studies show that employee satisfaction and productivity are greatly influenced by their work environment in the long run, perhaps even more so than by their compensation or bonuses. What's more, new research suggests the work environment also affects how employees regard the organization's leadership.
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How to be a family-friendly boss
Harvard Business Review
Many managers believe in giving more employees family flexibility — allowing them to fashion the particular arrangements that work for them while minimizing disruption of the workplace. However, many cannot see their way through existing HR policies and short-term business imperatives to know how to respond to such requests — let alone be proactive in suggesting possibilities to their people. So here are a few guidelines for supervisors who want to provide for more flexibility.
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Why smart leaders are loosening the reins
Thought Leaders, LLC
A century ago, Frederick Taylor introduced scientific management principles to the world of business. His time-and-motion rules were a smart way to maximize production in the steel industry and in other jobs involving repetitive tasks, but they have precious little applicability today — a time when value is derived less from mechanistic functions than from innovation and ideas. And yet we continue to see Taylorian techniques in businesses everywhere.
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