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Retirement plan records: What to keep for IRS purposes
By Bruce Bruinsma
Do you ever wonder what records your organization needs to keep and what should have been thrown away years ago? Retirement plan records certainly fit into the "wondering" category. Here is the bottom line regarding retirement plans: If you are audited, you are required to provide complete, accurate records in either paper or electronic format if, and when, the IRS comes calling.
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Upcoming TeleWeb: The Adaptive Leader
The Church Network
Join us on March 3 for this one hour webinar with Susan Beaumont at 1:30 p.m. CST / 2:30 p.m. EST

Plenty of leaders are able to calm an environment down by reinforcing the status quo. Others are able to stir things up to such an extent that the organization boils over in anxiety. Neither of those conditions produces a sustainable change environment. The truly adaptive leader is able to mobilize people to tackle tough challenges and thrive in the midst of the work, particularly in environments that are ambiguous and unpredictable. What does it take to be that kind of leader? This TeleWeb will explore the conditions and leadership practices that foster truly adaptive work.

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3 reasons you need a spring break
By Mark MacDonald
It's difficult to take a break when running full speed on a treadmill. That's the thought I had at the gym this morning. We've convinced ourselves that we can't possibly rest when we're in a fast-paced ministry world. It's a lie. God didn't really need to rest at the end of creation, except He wanted to demonstrate to us creative ministry people the need for a Sabbath. A break. That's why we rest on Sundays, right? Not exactly. Perhaps this is a clue to the incredibly high ministry burnout rate.
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39 incorrectly used words that can make you look bad
Inc.
The same way one misspelled word can get your résumé tossed onto the reject pile, one misused word can negatively impact your entire message. Fair or unfair, it happens all the time — so let's make sure it doesn't happen to you. Here is a list of words that are typically used in business settings, with special emphasis on words that spell checker won’t correct.
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Survey finds serious flaws in diocesan financial management
National Catholic Reporter
The Catholic priesthood is aging at an alarming rate, and thousands of U.S. diocesan priests are expected to retire within the next few years. With most diocesan priest pension plans significantly underfunded, questions over where the money comes from to support them may point to a major crisis in the making.
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3 reasons leaders need to be prepare for ministry crises
Church Tech Today
If you’re like most church leaders, the words "risk management" make you think of businesses — not church. Since you’ve been called to ministry by God, it’s easy to dismiss risk management as unnecessary because God will protect you. Sadly, a quick Google search of "church scandal" will uncover hundreds of stories of churches and ministries that have been destroyed by issues they could have avoided if only they’d planned ahead with the right accountability systems. The fact is, ministries are full of human beings, and human beings are not infallible. There is always going to be risk.
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Lay counseling within the church
Church Law & Tax
Lay counseling accomplishes many things: It involves members in the work of the church, provides a fulfilling ministry for lay persons, takes a load off the pastor, and solves people's problems. In this age of self-help books and popular seminars, we sometimes forget that proclamation of the gospel and the practical teaching of Scripture is the basis for helping people cope with life. Jesus was a preacher, as were the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament apostles.
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The key to office productivity: Get out of the office
Forbes
Productivity is a big topic these days. In an era of always-on technology and constant interruptions, getting more done in less time is the holy grail. Evidently, the answer is simple: Get out of the office. Of employees who work remotely at least a few times per month, more than three-quarters of them report greater productivity while working off site, according to a recent survey from ConnectSolutions. Some 30 percent complete more work in less time, and 24 percent get more done in the same time, the survey found.
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Momentum Summit Seminars for Ministry Leaders Coming to 15 Cities this Spring
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More than 900 church leaders attended Momentum Summit events in 2014. In addition to popular sessions on leadership, building expansion, renovation and funding, this year’s events will also shed light on the power of integrating for-profit enterprise to sustain and expand ministry in the 21st century. More
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Church of England accused of double standards over low wages
Reuters
The Church of England was accused of double standards on Monday, Feb. 23, for offering jobs in cathedrals at lower wages than those it has called on other British employers to pay their workers. Under the banner headline "Wages of Sin," the Sun reported that it had found several advertisements for jobs in cathedrals that offered pay well below the "living wage" of 7.85 pounds ($12) an hour, endorsed by the Church and senior politicians.
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Wealthy donors differ by generation
The Dallas Morning News
Wealth experts estimate that from 2007 to 2061, $59 trillion will be transferred from family estates in the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history. That amount will be divided among heirs, charities, estate taxes and estate closing costs, according to the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College. About $6.3 trillion will go toward charities from estates for which there’s no surviving spouse. Total gifts to charity in that span will add another $20.6 trillion, the study estimates.
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Fern Creek United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky now accepts Bitcoin
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Even religious groups are now accepting Bitcoin. The latest addition is Fern Creek United Methodist Church in Louisville, Kentucky which announces that it is accepting Bitcoin donations from its followers. The notification says, "Depending on your specific situation, making a charitable donation of Bitcoin may provide tax advantages over other contribution methods."
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Venture for America allows young people to take risks and revitalize cities
Faith & Leadership
Venture for America trains and mentors college graduates in entrepreneurship, which gives them business experience and helps revitalize American cities. Could this serve as a model for the church to encourage creative innovation among young Christians?
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The power of acknowledgment
LinkedIn
Life in the trenches of the modern workplace can be rough – and sometimes a mere acknowledgment is all that it takes to help us move the boulder over the top of the hill! "Acknowledgment" is the elixir of great leadership. However, acknowledgment doesn’t mean the repeated platitudes of daily conversations, rather the specific and direct acknowledgment of a job well done; and acknowledgment of the person or persons performing the job.
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3 ways to achieve your biggest goals
TIME
The first mistake people make, especially at the beginning of the year, is trying to achieve too many goals all at once. The second mistake is expecting immediate progress. It’s pretty unrealistic to think you'll start eating better, working out, and getting eight hours of sleep — overnight! Keystone habits, "create a chain reaction; changing and rearranging your other habits as you integrate the habit into your life." They have three characteristics: They "give you numerous small senses of victory,” "serve as the soil from which other habits grow," and "give you energy and confidence to do more," an article on A Life of Productivity explains.
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