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Younger donors propel church fundraising increases
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Nearly two-thirds of churches increased donations from 2010 to 2011, a sign that they are beginning to emerge from the financial downturn, according to a new study co-sponsored by NACBA. Churches that chalked up the biggest increases were those that relied primarily on donors under age 55. What's more, congregations that showed members details about their finances and taught them the value of charitable giving fared better than those that didn't take such steps, according to an online survey of 3,100 mainly Protestant churches.

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Why your church should be green
By Robert Foreman
Green is more than just a color. Today, "green" means better for the environment, more energy efficient and more responsible stewardship of resources. Some people may have negative connotations to the idea of going green, associating it with a political agenda. Churches should take concern about the environment seriously. It is the right thing to do. Taking better care of God's creation and treating others as we would want to be treated are moral concepts Christians should clearly understand. Another good reason is simply better stewardship of the church's financial resources.
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No, not another meeting!
By C. Fredrick Crum
Have you ever attended a meeting that was a waste of your time? Most of us would answer yes to that question. Effective meetings are the engines that move organizations forward.

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Steps to avoid a counterfeit church logo
Worship Facilities
Since we live in a visual world and people identify with and pursue visuals that look and feel like them, it's imperative to find a logo that is "like" your authentic congregation and your community.

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Aging pushes churches to fiscal brink
Associated Baptist Press
Things were looking bleak for Orange Grove Baptist Church and its aging membership when Greg Shoemaker arrived as its pastor about a year ago.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


Long-term bond financing: An option for your church?
Worship Facilities
Churches that need to borrow money for building construction and other capital needs may find bond financing an attractive alternative to bank loans. Generally speaking, bonds are debt instruments issued by a wide variety of governmental, corporate and nonprofit entities to raise money on a long-term basis from investors.
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Defining the role of the church board
Church Central
G. Campbell Morgan got it right when he wrote, "There is no definitive form of church government in the Bible." In glimpses of the embryonic church, biblical and historical snapshots include everything from dictatorships to congregational rule. When it comes to church governing boards, things can get biblically blurry quickly.
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Retail can be a viable source of church income
Church Executive
If operated as a business — with trained staff, best practices and a clear purpose. If you are the senior pastor of a church that has a bookstore, its rise or fall also depends on you, so says Lorena Allen, manager of Harvest, a bookstore owned by Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Ill. In the early stage of a bookstore's life, church staff may be a bit skeptical. It is during this time, Allen argues, that the support of the senior pastor is most helpful in getting everyone on board.
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Stop and read this before you preach on money
Church Leaders
The worst time to preach on money is when you need some, pastor. The second-worst time is when the church needs some. The best time to preach on money is all the other times. That said, here are a number of cautions for you to consider before walking into that lion's den to tame the monster called greed.
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How to write church announcements
Center for Church Communication
Regardless of the size, worship style or technology use of your church, writing announcements is a vital communication function. And because department heads or ministry leaders tend to either give you too much or not enough information to promote their event, writing announcements is a chronically challenging task.
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CHURCH TRENDS


Forward thinking: Examining challenges and opportunities of the next decade
Outreach Magazine
Author David Kinnaman notes that we live in a world of rapid, “discontinuously different” technological — as well as social and spiritual — change. You might not have a personal jetpack or hoverboard, but that smartphone in your pocket has, by some measures, more computing power than the Mars Curiosity rover. The changes in technology, social media and culture over the last decade have affected the way we think, the way we relate to one another and even the way we do outreach. What will the next 10 years look like?
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Survey reveals strong US connection to local churches
Catholic News Agency
A new survey reports that Americans feel more connected to their local church than to any other institution in society. According to Rasmussen Reports, "nothing else comes close" to the bond between Americans and their local religious institutions. A Rasmussen survey found that 54 percent of U.S. adults feel somewhat or very connected to their local church or religious organization, with 34 percent saying they are "very connected."
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Rising stress boosts clergy depression
Associated Baptist Press
Bryan Hatcher was a pastor once, so he gets it when ministers buckle under the strain of long work weeks, budget pressures and that feeling of constantly being in a fish bowl. And because he has since provided years of mental health counseling for ministers, he got it when Stephen Shoemaker resigned his pulpit at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., to continue his treatment for depression. Instances of clergy depression are rising right along with those of the general population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 25 percent of all Americans suffer from a mental illness.
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TECHNOLOGY


5 considerations when converting data to new church software
ChurchTechToday.com
There are many reasons for churches to change the software they use to track membership and financial records. Software companies can go out of business, or their views of technology trends may not match the church's views. Also, changes in church leadership can have a powerful effect on what software is used. These matters are only some reasons churches change their software vendors on occasion. Here are a few important things to consider for a church software data conversion.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Aging pushes churches to fiscal brink (Associated Baptist Press)
Interpreters needed: How to communicate administration principles to nonadministrative individuals (Deborah Wipf)
Steps to avoid a counterfeit church logo (Worship Facilities)
Mounting mortgage cases could force large megachurch into foreclosure (Gleanings)
Lessons from a church sexual abuse scandal (Managing Your Church)

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LEADERSHIP


No, not another meeting!
By C. Fredrick Crum
Have you ever attended a meeting that was a waste of your time. Most of us would answer yes to that question. Effective meetings are the engines that move organizations forward. The results of effective meetings help strengthen the corporate culture and set the course for the organization. Most organizational meetings, or engines, either stall, backfire or fail. Unfortunately, there are very few engines that run at peak performance.
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What makes a great leader?
Entrepreneur
Great leaders do many things, but perhaps their most telling characteristic is a natural and authentic ability to inspire excellence while maintaining strength and a modicum of humility. These are the people who will lead you to success — in the battlefield or in the boardroom. The true reflection of a leader's ability is measured not only in a company's bottom line, but also in the success and empowerment of each individual. Being a boss doesn't necessarily make you a leader, nor does being bossy. In fact, a leader isn't always the boss. The difference between the two is this: Bosses manage; leaders inspire.
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4 employee 'motivators' that can backfire
Inc.
Through the ages, managers have tried tactics that were meant to motivate their employees to try harder — and through the ages those tactics have failed miserably. Often, they make matters worse. Most of the people who work for you wouldn't dare admit that these incentives don't work nearly as well as you think they do.
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New Life Bible Fellowship — Tucson, Ariz.
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First Presbyterian Church Bakersfield — Bakersfield, Calif.
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First United Methodist Church of Plano — Plano, Texas
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