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How those 'boring' policy and procedure documents support ministry
By Deborah Ike
Part of the church administrator role often includes being the custodian of church policies and procedures. From how to handle benevolence requests to the proper usage of church facilities, you have a wide range of policies to manage. Policies have a bad reputation as bureaucratic paperwork that just takes up space and detracts time from actual ministry. I suppose at times that this is a valid criticism. However, here are two examples of how well-written and faithfully-upheld policies can truly support ministry.
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Save the Date!
The Church Network
The Church Network will hold our 59th Annual Conference July 13-16,  at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. If you have not yet registered, make plans now to be a part of this gathering of leaders in church administration. Learning, networking, sharing experiences — at conference you reinforce our theme: "Don't Go It Alone." The national office staff is working diligently to redesign the online conference registration to streamline the registration process while including all important features and events. The process should be completed soon and you will see an announcement when it is available online. Meanwhile, if you want to go ahead and register now, there is a PDF registration form available on the website.
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Upcoming TeleWeb: Tax and Legal Update - Mission Trips and Foreign Activities by Churches
The Church Network
Join us on March 12 for this one hour webinar with Frank Sommerville at 1:30 p.m. CST / 2:30 p.m. EST

Is your congregation involved in international ministry? Do you send support for missionaries or projects to other countries? Do your members participate in domestic and foreign mission trips? This TeleWeb will review the tax and legal issues surrounding support, fund transfers, compensation, tax credit for supporting trips and more!

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Iker's group wins Episcopal Church property ruling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After a bitter, seven-year legal dispute, state District Judge John Chupp ruled Monday, March 2, that the Episcopalians led by Bishop Jack Iker who broke away from the national Episcopal Church are entitled to an estimated $100 million in property in the 24-county Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Fort Worth-area Episcopalians who remained loyal to the national Episcopal Church and reorganized the diocese under Bishop Rayford High have the right to appeal the decision.
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5 ways to improve your digital strategy for older donors
PhilanTopic
For those hoping to use technology to connect with their older donors, here are five important points to keep in mind as you create your digital plan of attack. Older donors are much more tech-savvy than many give them credit for. Nearly 3 out of 5 donors age 66 and older currently make donations via the web. With the rise of tablet computing and streamlined mobile UIs, mobile technology is more accessible to different age groups than ever before. Studies show that in recent years, older users have proven to be very adaptable when it comes to new technologies and are just as likely to donate online as their younger counterparts.
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Inside HR: How the screening process works
By Catherine Iste
A client of mine is posting for a director-level position at a real estate development and property management firm. The company posted the job on their website, LinkedIn and Indeed. In less than a week, they received more than 60 qualified applicants. They only need one person. This is the story of how they got there.
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Audio vs. video podcasting: What your church should use and why
Church Tech Today
Like the creation of broadcasting 100 years previous, podcasting started with audio-only content. It wasn't long before video was added to the roster of possible formats. Back then, video was more difficult to deal with than it is today. You could only watch it on your computer, for the most part. Now, every smart phone out there can play video. Now, tablets are common. Now, you can connect a roku, chromecast, appletv, or firetv to your television to get 1080p video on your television. So, which should your church do — audio or video? Clearly, the time for video has arrived, right?
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Can boomers fill your church's part-time needs?
Gallup
"[P]art-time employment is an increasingly viable option for baby boomers who want to reduce their workload and still bring home a paycheck. Gallup finds that one in 10 baby boomers are employed part time — a percentage that could increase if employers can find the right mix of incentives and responsibilities to keep these workers close."
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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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10 foolproof ways to alienate visitors to your church
Christian Today
Some churches struggle to cope with the weight of new visitors through the door, and worry about how on earth it will accommodate them if they decide to stick around. The following is a list of strategies which are sure to switch off, alienate, and eventually evacuate your newcomers. Just work your way through them, and soon plenty of legroom - and that all important shorter communion queue - will be yours once more.
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Practices to unlock imagination
Faith & Leadership
Marlon Hall and Danielle Fanfair of Houston’s Awakenings Movement have developed a set of practices designed to help unlock imagination by removing obstacles to memory. The process underlies a current art installation designed to inspire low-income African-American neighborhoods in Houston, Texas, and it has been used to help Awakenings members identify and pursue goals in their personal and professional lives. Additionally, Hall says businesses have approached him about using the techniques to help companies get back in touch with core values.
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21 ideas for promoting your Easter services from #cmschat
Center for Church Communication
If you weren't at the weekly Twitter #cmschat last week, you missed an awesome hour where participants shared tips and ideas for promoting upcoming Easter services. They wanted to cover as many communication channels as possible, so the group chat provided a full range of options. Here are some of the tips and ideas. You will notice they are short and sweet as they were, after all, on Twitter.
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Chronologically incorrect: A new approach to engaging first-time givers
Church Executive
Derek Gillette recently conducted a small Facebook test. Survey participants were asked to answer three questions about giving. He found that 96 percent of people consider themselves to be generous; 80 percent of those same people want to be more generous than they currently are; 92 percent feel held back by a lack of money. These findings represent a strange tension between who we are, who we want to be, and our perceived lack that stands in the way. The relationship between our treasure and our heart. For those of us who've grown up in the Church, we’re intimately familiar with the instructions Jesus left us in regards to storing up our treasure. But Gillete would like to offer a spin on the story.
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Former Mars Hill Church sells for $9 million
Christian Headlines
The Ballard Blocks location of Mars Hill Church will remain a place of worship, after the building was purchased by Seattle-based Quest Church for $9 million. Christian Today reports that Ballard Blocks, the main campus of the former Mars Hill Church, was originally bought for $4.8 million in 2003. After a renovation, it was made to accommodate over 1,000 people.
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Meet the church that helps anyone who needs it
Crosswalk
Under the leadership of Pastor Jon Weece, Southland Christian Church is reaching into their city and changing it in big ways. Here are just a few of the ministries the church has founded or is involved in: A "Dollar Club" that collects $12,000 one dollar bills every week, and then gives that money someone in need; Free medical clinics throughout the city, providing primary care for 3,500 people who can't afford a doctor; A school lunch program; A garage to provide cheap auto care. Many can't imagine a clearer picture of a city who is rejoicing because the Body of Christ, the "righteous," is committed to blessing their neighbors. If Southland were to suddenly vanish from central Kentucky, no doubt their absence would be a tremendous blow to the thousands who are supported by them.
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Study: Giving is expected to rise nearly 5 percent this year and next
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Philanthropic giving is expected to increase 4.8 percent in 2015, and 4.9 percent in 2016, exceeding the average rate of growth in gifts since the recession, according to a recently released forecast. Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations are all expected to increase, according to the Philanthropy Outlook, a set of projections made by researchers at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Marts & Lundy, a philanthropy consulting firm.
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What kind of feedback do millennials want from their managers?
CEO
Engaging millennials is a hot topic in today’s business world and article after article is published trying to pinpoint the best way to motivate the next generation. While many of these ideas are speculative, Harvard Business Review recently conducted a survey in which 1,400 millennials reported wanting more feedback from their managers. Overall, millennials want feedback 50 percent more often than other employees, preferring feedback to come from managers and other leaders on a monthly basis.
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CEO of Tough Mudder: How to make the most of your mistakes
Fortune magazine
The lessons Will Dean, CEO of Tough Mudder, learned from his first Tough Mudder event have been essential to the growth of Tough Mudder. Here are few tips to help you make the most of the challenges you face. Ask "why." Mistakes are the best learning opportunities we get – there’s no better chance to improve yourself and your company. Dean is a firm believer in asking “why” over and over until you get to the bottom of a problem. Don’t just identify the problem on the surface — dig deeper. Keep asking "why" until you find the root cause.
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9 things to do to grow as a leader
The Huffington Post
Corporations, governments, universities and global development organizations alike have released research highlighting a shortage of quality leaders. However, more than ever before, the need for globally-minded leaders is at an all-time high. While leadership is not something that is developed overnight, it is a skill that can be developed. The following tips are proven to help you grow as a globally-minded leader.
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