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Church security after Sandy Hook
Associated Baptist Press
The Sandy Hook school massacre terrified parents nationwide and sparked a debate on gun control and school security. But it's also led to some soul searching on church staffs worried about how to best protect worshipers and school children in their buildings. "It's not a subject you can ignore," said J. Phillip Martin, deputy chief executive officer at NACBA.
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See related story: Deaths from church attacks rise 36 percent in 2012 (Gleanings)


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Changing the weather patterns of giving in your church: Part 2 of 3
By Dr. Steve McSwain, exclusively for the NACBA Weekly Update
For the past 20 years, I've crisscrossed this country coaching hundreds of Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant churches and church leaders. In addition to the friendships I have developed with Christian leaders across the denominational spectrum, I have also observed the climate of giving in a variety of congregational and ecclesiastical churches. In Part 1, I shared a few of those things I've learned regarding the climate of giving, a climate more similar than dissimilar and not too desirable in any of them. Today, and in Part 3 next week, I'd like to answer the equally important question: "Is there anything church leaders might do to change the climate of giving in their church?"
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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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NACBA alert
NACBA
We have received reports from several sources that our conference attendees, specifically exhibitors, are being targeted in a housing scam. A company referring to itself as Convention Housing Services is calling exhibitors with the false claim that NACBA's contracted hotels for our upcoming conference in Charlotte are full and that they can secure housing for them at other hotels. This is not true; our hotels have plenty of rooms available. Make your reservations online through the NACBA website.
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Firm issues gloomy 2013 forecast for religious giving
Managing Your Church
A company specializing in computer-based reports and forecasts for charitable giving in the United States says giving to religion rose steadily in 2012 compared to 2011. The religious sector, though, has seen its share of the overall charitable giving market shrink, and a dismal outlook for 2013 likely will erode that share further, the firm says.
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Survey: US payroll tax hike seen hurting charitable giving
Reuters
Charities that rely on donations from individuals should brace for lean times, with the U.S. payroll tax increase expected to curtail Americans' generosity, according to a new poll. One in five people questioned for the survey said they would reduce their charitable giving by an average of 29 percent because of the 2 percentage point tax increase, to 6.2 percent.
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Christmas roundup: Ideas for next year
Center for Church Communication
Christmas is long gone, but it's never too late to store up some ideas for next year. There are a lot of churches that had successful Christmas experiences this past December. We wanted to highlight a few of those in this Christmas roundup.
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Be sure your church's Super Bowl party is legal
Church Executive
With the "Big Football Game" coming up, many churches are gearing up to hold viewing parties. You may have heard in past years that the National Football League cracked down on church parties showing the football championship game on large screen TVs. After a national outcry and threatened Congressional action, the NFL backed down and decided to allow the viewing parties, but only under certain conditions.
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Responding to church community in disaster
ChurchTechToday.com
When we see weather devastation in another part of the country, can our church community respond in any significant way? Are there concrete and enumerated ways we can help those in need, and do we even consider such help our responsibility? We may not have the answers to those questions, but they certainly prompt us to think about even simpler weather-related ministries that we can provide at home, including providing meals and other assistance during the winter months and checking on our seniors and other shut-ins during the heat of summer.
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FACILITIES


A sense of place: Are we a building or a community?
Faith & Leadership
Salem United Methodist Church was a sacred place to its 320 members. But after floods ravaged the century-old building in 2008, the aging congregation had to ask deep questions as it searched for a new home: Who is Salem UMC? And more than just a sacred place, what is its place in the world? A church is more than a building, the Rev. John Louk, Salem's pastor, often said to the congregation. But a church without a building is hard to sustain, as they learned in those tumultuous years without a permanent home.
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CHURCH TRENDS


Researchers rank most, least megachurch-oriented cities in U.S.
The Christian Post
A new study reveals which U.S. cities have the highest and lowest concentration of megachurch attenders among the Christian population. Only 10 percent of self-identified Christians in the United States attend megachurches — defined in the new Barna Group study as congregations of 1,000 or more — though the concentration of megachurch attenders varies from city to city.
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Arkansas Senate approves bill to allow firearms in churches
KATV-TV
VideoBrief Arkansas lawmakers are tackling a controversial topic where religion, personal freedom and individual protection collide. A senate bill that would let religious leaders decide whether guns should be permitted inside churches took a big step towards becoming law.
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In defense of church hoppers
Christianity Today
They irritate many pastors, who label them "consumers." Church leaders have characterized them as immature, shallow, goosebump-seekers with a serious case of arrested spiritual development. Are church hoppers people with commitment issues who sample the congregations as if they were visiting one free-range church potluck?
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LEADERSHIP


Is your church polarized?
Church Central
Churches, large and small, can find themselves facing a divide over issues, large and small. The issue at hand can range from controversy over a new building to the denomination's stance on homosexuality to the current pastoral leader to what kind of music to sing. Sometimes leaders suggest a change which seems innocuous to them but quickly spirals into a polarized conversation. What can leaders do when they find themselves facing a great divide?
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Strategies to sharpen your focus
Entrepreneur
Every business leader has trouble staying focused, but some find that distraction is a constant that gets in the way of productivity. Symptoms like inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity can get in the way of a productive, focused work day, and in extreme cases are linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The key to success is learning to work with those symptoms, not against them.
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Unplug your ears and listen
Harvard Business Review
Managers need to hear what people have to say — and be able to filter the messages. Those who solicit career feedback are likely to hear many, often conflicting messages and need to be astute in sorting out the most critical input to avoid careening off course. To succeed, keep three things in mind.
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Why extroverts fail, introverts flounder and you probably succeed
The Washington Post
Spend a day with any leader in any organization, and you'll quickly discover that the person you're shadowing is actually in sales. These leaders are often pitching customers and clients, of course. But they're also persuading employees, convincing suppliers, sweet-talking funders or cajoling a board. At the core of their exalted work is a less glamorous truth: Leaders sell. So what kind of personality makes the best salesperson — and therefore, presumably, the most effective leader?
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