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Bring ye all the tithes into the PayPal
Associated Baptist Press
Since the days when Jesus' disciples discovered tax money in a fish's mouth, churches have sought ways to fund ministries, ministers, benevolence and sacred spaces. St. Paul collected multiple offerings for the "saints" in various locations. Gathering funds for widows, orphans and the poor was a task assigned to the earliest deacons. Today's electronic giving options reflect the legacy of pew rents and envelopes in a credit/debit card generation.
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What's the climate of giving in today's church? Part 1 of 3
By Dr. Steve McSwain, exclusively for the NACBA Weekly Update
There is one question I am asked by church leaders across the U.S. more frequently than any other: "What is the climate of giving in today's church?" Across all denominational lines, the climate is similarly cloudy. After nearly 20 years of coaching church leaders, churches and parishes representing virtually every Christian communion in America, I have observed the weather patterns of giving and they're not too different, whether you're observing a Roman Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical church. So what is the climate of giving?
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Why people work harder on problems than they need to
Business Insider
In virtually every business, organization, or family in the world today, people are doing their best to solve problems. And that’s admirable. Yet, most are working way harder than they should.

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What will multisite look like in 2013?
Worship Facilities
The multisite strategy has proven to be an effective vehicle for outreach, volunteer mobilization, leadership development and regional impact. During 2013 we’ll continue to see an increase in multisite church mergers, Internet online campuses, international expansion of campuses, and more.

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Why you shouldn't dread an audit
Church Executive Magazine
There are many reasons why an organization might have a financial audit. Whether it’s to comply with debt covenants, satisfy an accreditation or membership requirement, or provide an accountability tool and best practice, most people would agree that the audit process can seem painful.

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Report: Giving to nonprofits grew in 2012, but religion still stagnant
Church Executive
Atlas of Giving announced total giving to nonprofits rose 6.7 percent in 2012, an increase of $23.32 billion over 2011. But giving to religion, the long dominant charitable sector, saw continued erosion of its share of the national giving pie. As recently as 2002, religious giving accounted for over 50 percent of all charitable donations. By contrast, giving to religion accounted for just 35 percent of the 2012 total.
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Donor confidence is low — What can your church do?
The Charis Group
Dunham+Company's recent report finds that Americans are looking towards decreasing the amount they give to charities in 2013. Donors indicated their giving in 2013 will revert to recession-like levels, with 27 percent of adults — the same percentage as 2009 and 2010 and more than double the percentage in 2012 — saying they would be giving less in the coming year. What can your church do to confront this challenge? The following are a few thoughts towards heading off a downturn in giving.
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12 benefits of the New Taxpayer Relief Act
Managing Your Church
Congress enacted legislation, known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act, in the final hours of 2012 that increased taxes for the wealthiest Americans and extended several expired tax benefits so they will be available in preparing your 2012 tax return. Here are some tax benefits that have been extended through 2012 and in some cases longer.
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Engaging volunteers: The power of a thank you
Worship Ministry Catalyst
Unlike any other organization in the world, the church is completely dependent on volunteers. Sure, a lot of churches have some paid staff members. But, no church is equipped with enough staff to do all the work of ministry with paid personnel. Every church, no matter what size, needs a vast amount of volunteers to pull off the Sunday morning activities. So, when it comes to the most valuable asset your church has, it becomes very important to take very good care of it.
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The five C's of a healthy vision statement
Church Central
We know the critical importance of vision to the health of any church or other organization. It is possible to look at the components that comprise a healthy vision. For simplicity, here are five components, each beginning with the letter "C."
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FACILITIES


Eye-opening stats on the benefits of creation care, environmental stewardship
Worship Facilities
As you ramp up for your next new building or renovation project for your church or church campus, creation care and environmental stewardship may be on your mind. Here are some noteworthy statistics.
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CHURCH TRENDS


Church and gun enthusiasts compete for weapons
The Associated Press via KTRK-TV
A Dallas church that had organized an event to buy guns back from residents found itself with some unexpected close competition — just across the street. The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas had organized a gun buyback event downtown, offering $50 for handguns and rifles and up to $200 for semiautomatic assault weapons. But concealed handgun license instructor Collin Baker organized a pro-gun event and marketplace across the street from the church's event.
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Arkansas Senate committee approves proposal for guns in church
Arkansas Business
An Arkansas legislative panel has advanced a proposal to allow concealed handguns in churches, but rejected an amendment to require places of worship to carry more insurance if firearms are permitted. A House committee also endorsed a resolution encouraging government officials to not infringe on gun rights, the first among several bills aimed at loosening firearms restrictions in the newly Republican-controlled state Legislature.
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As flu outbreak spreads, faith leaders preach caution
Religion News Service
As the flu outbreak spreads across 48 states, some religious leaders are advising their flocks to take precautions, but others say avoiding infection is just a matter of common sense. Several Catholic dioceses, including Manchester, N.H., Boston and New York, are advising priests to consider not offering the shared chalice of consecrated wine at Holy Communion at Masses. Communicants would only receive the consecrated wafer.
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Beer law loophole allows bar to open next to Tennessee church
WATE-TV
VideoBrief A Claxton, Tenn., congregation is upset that a loophole in an Anderson County law allows a bar to be open next to a church. Members of The Rock Ministry Center were getting ready for their evening service recently, while next door bartenders at Silver Dollar Saloon were also getting ready for their evening service.
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    Why you shouldn't dread an audit (Church Executive Magazine)
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When is it time to shut the doors? (Church Leaders)
What will multisite look like in 2013? (Worship Facilities )
Background checks for church, ministry and business (Christian Post )

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LEADERSHIP


Compromise requires relationships — not friendships
Harvard Business Review
To work out differences and get things done, people in organizations need to work together. To foster this kind of collaboration, managers need to develop personal relationships — and some amount of trust — with potential partners. Without this foundation, negotiations often become adversarial; parties question each other's motives and neither side truly listens to the other.
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Why being a workaholic is counterproductive
Entrepreneur
Sometimes self-destructive workaholic behavior can get so out of hand there's only one recourse left: an office intervention. Enter Leslie Perlow, a Harvard Business School professor of leadership armed with an eagle eye for counterproductive work styles.
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6 tips to make every day more productive
Inc.
The initial excitement and rush of the new is quickly followed by the need to get things done. As a manager, you understand the importance of maintaining a relentless focus on productivity. But your personal productivity is just as important. Of course we all want to get things done, but every once in a while, we each need a little help to re-focus.
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