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Setting church staff salaries
Church Law & Tax
Pastors in far too many places are underpaid. Churches often fail to count the hidden costs of poor salaries. Individuals do not work effectively when money is a constant worry. They become resentful and unproductive, and the ministry suffers. We don't want to overpay or underpay. We don't want anyone to stay at our church only because they couldn't get the same salary elsewhere. Likewise, we don't want anyone to leave solely on account of money.
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The 10 commandments for church volunteers
By Deborah Wipf
We have very diverse churches with different styles, but one thing we all have in common is the need for great volunteer teams. A strong, healthy volunteer program doesn't happen by accident or overnight. It requires planning and strategic effort to make it successful. Since we’re all familiar with the Ten Commandments, I thought I'd offer a version for leading church volunteers.
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Why pastors must pay federal income taxes
Managing Your Church
Ministers are not exempt from paying federal income taxes. Since 1943, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment guaranty of religious freedom is not violated by subjecting ministers to the federal income tax. And yet, ministers have tried to argue against this ruling for decades. Such ministers wrongly assume that because certain of their income may be exempt from withholding of taxes, this also means they're exempt from paying taxes. One case helps clarify this common misunderstanding.
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The 3 P's of employee terminations
By D. Albert Brannen
The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the "three P's" of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork. By involving the right people, following the right processes and considering all the relevant paperwork, employers can effectively minimize their exposure to legal claims that may arise from the termination of employees.
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Ortberg's Menlo Park Presbyterian votes to leave PCUSA despite $8 million fee
Religion News Service
Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving. Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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Roadside service: Drive-in church brings God to your car
NPR
When most people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for an hour-long service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. As church attendance continues to decline in the United States, some parishes are doing what they can to draw congregants: embracing social media, loosening dress codes and even altering service times for big sporting events. At this church, people park in rows on the grass facing an altar on the balcony of an old drive-in theater. To hear the service, they switch on their radios.
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Kentucky Baptists use gun giveaways to lure unchurched to Christ
The Courier-Journal
In an effort its spokesman has described as "outreach to rednecks," the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading "Second Amendment Celebrations," where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ. The goal is to "point people to Christ," the church says in a flier.
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Study: Racial diversity in churches more dream than reality
Church Leaders
Having a racially diverse church remains more dream than reality for most Protestant pastors. More than 8 in 10 say every church should strive for racial diversity, according to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. But 86 percent say their congregation is predominately one racial or ethnic group.
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8 of the most significant struggles pastors face
The Christian Post
Most pastors love their callings. Most pastors enjoy most of what they do in ministry. And most pastors wouldn't change their role if they could. Still, many pastors have ongoing challenges and struggles. And many would gladly receive help from church members, a word of encouragement from most anyone, and the knowledge that others are praying for them.
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'My church's website is my favorite,' said no one ever
By Mark MacDonald
What is your favorite website? What site do you go to over and over again? It's probably not your church's — even if you designed and produced it. And the sobering truth is; that your congregation will never say your church website is their favorite place to go online either. It will never happen. So should we just give up on creating a good church website then? No.

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Top 5 church software trends for 2014
Church Executive
We see some big changes in church software coming for 2014. More convenience and efficiency is on the way. Online giving, online stores — and even online services — seem more attractive to people these days as technology gives them more and more options. The list goes on and on as technology continues to pave the way for these modern conveniences.

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Is your mobile workforce exposing you to unseen risks?
By Paul Starkman
Initially, companies embraced BYOD as a workforce management strategy that fulfilled employees' demands for flexibility while lowering telecommunication expenses. Now it's become clear that BYOD also comes with many business risks that require further review, evaluation and action to reduce growing concerns with security, compliance and privacy.

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Singapore's megachurches move to export lucrative religion
Reuters
With a "prosperity gospel" that blends the spiritual and the material, Singapore's City Harvest and other Pentecostal megachurches in the wealthy Asian city-state have perfected a popular and lucrative model. Now they are working to export it to the world and turn Singapore into a hub for evangelical Christianity.
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How to survive a bad day when you're the boss
Forbes
Bad days are equal opportunity employers — they can get anyone, at any time. That said, when you’re the boss, the experience of suffering through a lousy day in the office is supersized. Bad days tend to be a bit more intense when you can’t just close your office door and ignore everyone. Plus, bosses are expected to be the adults in the room, to stay calm, act rationally and never lose their temper — all of which are basically the opposite of what most of us would like to do when we're having an epic fail of a day. So, what’s a manager to do?
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Lacking motivation? Follow these steps to get back on track
Entrepreneur
What do you do when your motivation level is lacking, as well as your self-esteem? What do you do to regain the motivation needed to move on with your plans and pursue your networking endeavors? First, you should understand that virtually all people have to deal with this at some point throughout their professional lives.
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8 ways to be constantly improving
Inc.
Building your competence boosts your confidence, and confidence is a close friend to high achievers. Building your competence is like cleaning your house. If you stop cleaning, dust collects. The need to clean never ends. To achieve the success you deserve, you need to find ways to be constantly improving. The task of building competence never ends.
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