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How churches must calculate potential losses – and ways to pay for them
Church Law & Tax
Churches don't often worry about the potential costs of risks. After all, mishaps and emergencies are covered by wide-range property and liability insurance, right? In fact, church leaders may not fully understand the degree to which certain risks remain or the potential costs associated with these risks. They also may not know the limits of the policy, or how much of the risk is actually transferred with insurance.
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Registration open for 59th Annual Conference in July
The Church Network
The Church Network will hold our 59th Annual Conference July 13-16, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. 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." Visit our website to learn more and to register today!
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The difference between likable and sharable social media posts
By Mark MacDonald
Churches produce lots of announcements. We don't want announcements, social media posts or sermons to go unheard or ignored. We want them be liked. So we create ones that people nod and agree with. And then they forget them. Stop it! Instead, break away from the usual and make things shareable. Create buzz. It's the difference between "likability" and "shareability."
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5 nonprofit fundraising predictions for 2015 and beyond
GuideStar
2015 is already shaping up to be a transitional year for nonprofits, as the sector's leaders implement more business-minded tactics to grow revenue, versus simply sustain operations. Having the biggest impact on nonprofit fundraising in 2015 will be strategies like conversion optimization; engaging with millennials; donor retention; online fundraising and mobile; and visual storytelling.
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New SEO strategies that will get more traffic coming to you
Christian Web Trends
Whether you're developing a new website or upgrading an existing one, there are some SEO tips that everybody is not incorporating into their plan. However, they happen to be surprisingly effective in getting your website to the coveted top spot! One strategy to try is first identifying the best keywords to focus on for your website, then looking at your competitors' websites.
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6 creative e-recruitment ideas to help you attract the top candidates
By Michael Tope
In today's digital age, a comprehensive e-recruitment strategy is a necessity for companies seeking to attract top talent. As baby boomers gradually retire from the workforce and tech-savvy millennials take their place, recruiters must utilize competitive online recruitment techniques that reach beyond major job boards.
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10 questions 1st time guests are asking
Church Leaders
Most churches hold at least 52 weekend worship services a year. Nearly all of them will have visitors show up, even if by accident. What many don't often realize is the incredible anxiety most of them are feeling as they walk through our doors. Their minds are racing with questions. The answer to those questions will most likely determine whether or not they ever come back.
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10 best practices to help volunteer leaders succeed
Managing Your Church
During Karl Vaters' 22 years of ministry at his current church, he has learned a handful of valuable principles and practices that has helped his church attract and keep the best group of volunteer leaders he has ever worked with. Vaters shares 10 keys for volunteer leader success.
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Church management software: Where ministry meets monetary
Church Executive
While churches might have to be run like businesses, there are specific needs and flexibility which non-ChMS financial management applications just cannot provide. For some, the leading secular accounting software might be the answer — but we suggest otherwise. Here's why.
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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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Tampa Bay Rays' Steven Souza rejects partying lifestyle, becomes born-again Christian
Christian Headlines
Baseball star Steven Souza has reportedly given his life to Christ after years of partying. The 25-year-old baseball player had previously chased a partying lifestyle of women, alcohol and money and held a "me first" attitude. "It just seemed the whole world came crashing down at that point," Souza said. "I was at a crossroads. It was like, I need to make adjustments in my life right now. Nobody wants to be around me. People don't respect me."
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Churches join schools to tackle educational challenges
Baptist News Global
Two years ago, Principal Marta Plata of Manuel Jara Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, recognized her school needed help. She realized her teachers could work tirelessly every year to educate students and empower them to be their best, but without positive reinforcement at home, many of the classroom lessons would not change student behaviors. The school collaborated with Primera Baptist Church in Fort Worth — a congregation that adopted the elementary school two years earlier — to launch Parent University, a 13-week curriculum that teaches parents 40 developmental assets to help their children succeed.
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Why more, not fewer, people pray
The Christian Science Monitor
Even though church attendance and religious affiliation have reached record lows, the percentage of people who pray at least once a day has actually gone up – from 54 to 57 percent – over the past three decades, according to the 2014 General Social Survey, which is funded mainly by the National Science Foundation. About 3 out of 4 Americans pray at least once a week. Even among young people, or the millennials who have been far less church-oriented than their parents were at the same age, praying remains almost as frequent in their lives as older people.
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Esteemed preacher and professor Fred Craddock dead at 86
The United Methodist Reporter
Dr. Rev. Fred Craddock, noted teacher and author on preaching who influenced a generation of United Methodist pastors during his time at the Candler School of Theology died on March 7. While the specific cause of death is undetermined, Jabaley noted that Craddock had been struggling with Parkinson's Disease for several years, and that it is believed that his death is connected to that illness.
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Clearing obstacles
Faith & Leadership
What gets in the way of progress? Occasionally, a lack of vision is to blame. Sometimes, a leader is unwilling to listen to peers, employees or constituents. But more often, a leader sets a direction and motivates colleagues but then fails to help them clear away the obstacles that emerge — obstacles such as the requisite approval of the finance committee, cooperation from the human resources department, or agreements with another church or a government agency.
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8 deadly ways to kill employee motivation
Inc.
If you want to make sure you're providing your employees with an environment in which they can thrive, check your workplace for these motivation killers. If you've ever spent time with truly toxic people, you know how destructive and exhausting they can be. Toxic people spread negativity and suffocate the positive. Let them find a new home — or, if that's not possible, make sure policies and supervision are in place to minimize their damage.
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How smart CEOs use social tools to their advantage
Harvard Business Review
Advances in digital technology and their use in organizations carry huge promise to empower people at all levels. Social media and collaboration tools not only open the door to faster and more extensive knowledge-sharing, but they also enable conversations that skip levels, silo-busting, and self-organization. Savvy CEOs use fire to fight fire, effectively employing digital media inside their organizations to create the kind of alignment and shared purpose they need. Harvard Business Review's research revealed that smart leaders do these three things.
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The one quality all successful leaders need
Fortune Magazine
Showing compassion and love for our employees is not usually thought of as an important leadership trait, but it should be — especially in Silicon Valley. As a woman CEO in Silicon Valley, Amy Errett, CEO and co-founder of Madison Reed, strongly believes leadership by love (not fear) is essential. Here are a few ways being a loved leader can benefit the tech world.
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