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How church administration builds relationships
By Deborah Ike
Church administration tends to have a reputation for being all about tasks, planning and procedures. However, administration really is about developing, maintaining and safeguarding relationships. When you have a heart for ministry and a talent for administration, it's easy for others to only see the "policy and procedure" side. There is a delicate balance between needing to complete certain tasks and still understanding your less-administratively-minded team members.
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Upcoming TeleWeb: Mission-Based Budgeting and Liquidity Management
The Church Network
Join us on March 26 for this one hour webinar with Mike Batts at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT

Perhaps more important than the operating budget of a church are its liquidity and financial position. In this web seminar, Mike Batts will address how managing the liquidity and financial position of a church integrates the church's mission and purpose with specific objectives.

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Do you have the tools you need in your 'church administration tool belt?'
The Church Network
"I feel like a sponge. I feel like I have a tool belt with lots of tools in it. I'm so very excited." That comment came after last year's national conference of The Church Network from first-time attendee Vicki Gonzalez of Victory Christian Center in Lowellville, Ohio. Build up your "tool belt" during 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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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Everything your organization needs to know about EPLI
By D. Albert Brannen
Employers are subject to a plethora of employment-related litigation under state and federal statutes and common law claims. Employment Practices Liability Insurance, or EPLI, can protect employers from these claims, but premiums, deductibles and coverages vary with the terms and conditions of each policy. This article will review some of the factors that employers should consider in evaluating EPLI products.
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Does your church have a sabbatical leave policy?
Pastors.com
Universities and colleges have given professors sabbaticals for many years. Originally modeled on the biblical cycle of work and rest, professors receive a sabbatical for research, writing, travel, and rest every seven years. Many churches today find that by providing a regular sabbatical for their pastors, they are able to keep them for a longer period of time. And there is a direct relationship between pastoral longevity and church growth.
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7 ridiculously common mistakes churches make on social media
Church Leaders
Church leaders should be tuned in and aware that most of the world spends a good proportion of their day on social media. That includes first and second world economies. Social media should be a church leader's dream come true. There has been no other communication channel in history where your church is just one click away from being noticed by your broader community without you having to direct mail them or spend huge amounts of money on advertising.
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A case study for using email effectively
Center for Church Communication
Elmbrook Church is an age-diverse congregation, with a weekly attendance of about 5,000. Their communication toolbox to reach this audience includes: A brand-new church app, church website, print brochures, Facebook and Twitter. They send out about 25 to 30 emails each month to several opt-in special interest groups, everything from "parents of preschoolers," "women" and "biweekly event emails” to "top serving needs” with an overall average open rate of 42.5 percent, compared to the industry average of 31 percent for nonprofit religious organizations.
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Justices order new look at Notre Dame birth control case
The Associated Press via ABC News
The Supreme Court is ordering a federal appeals court to take another look at the University of Notre Dame's lawsuit over the health overhaul law's rules on paying for contraceptives. Notre Dame is among dozens of religious organizations that have challenged a compromise in the Affordable Care Act offered by the Obama administration to faith-based groups. The compromise attempts to create a buffer for faith-based groups that oppose birth control, while ensuring that women still can obtain contraceptives free of charge.
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Lyle Schaller, preeminent church consultant, dies at 91
Christianity Today
Because he was born April 19, 1923, and reached retirement age in the last century, he is best known to America's senior church leaders. Schaller outlived many of those whom he most influenced, dying on March 18, 2015, at the age of 91. The road to national influence started in Lime Ridge, Wisconsin, where Lyle was the youngest child of dairy farmers. He married Agnes Woods Peterson in 1946 — she became his lifelong partner, typist, editor, and stay-at-home wife while he consulted with thousands of churches across the nation.
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Villanova to train New York church business managers
The Inquirer via Philly.com
The Archdiocese of New York wants to improve business management at its parishes and has turned to Villanova – one the nation’s prestigious Catholic universities – for help. Villanova's Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at the university's school of business has reached agreement with the Archdiocese to offer a special program for up to 50 parishioners per year for two years. They will earn a master of science in church management under the program.
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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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From 121 to 17,000-plus: Charlotte's Elevation Church congregation keeps growing
The Charlotte Observer
In nine years, Charlotte's Elevation Church has grown from the 121 worshippers at its first service to the more than 17,000 who now show up every weekend at its 13 locations. And with Easter on the horizon, the evangelical megachurch led by Pastor Steven Furtick is about to open a University City campus that cost nearly $5 million to turn into worship space. It’s just the latest piece of an ambitious expansion that involves spending big, building big and even carrying the Elevation franchise to another city, another state and another country.
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Kentucky pastor uses Duke basketball to push congregants to sit in front at church
USA Today
Kentucky's hatred of Duke basketball may be enough to force some reluctant congregants to sit further to the front in one Kentucky church. Cameron Mills, a former Kentucky basketball player, tweeted out photos of the pews at Second Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which were filled with pictures of Duke in the back. Cardboard cutouts of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Kentucky coach John Calipari sat in the front.
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Supreme Court could issue eviction notices to NYC churches
Christian Headlines
Churches in New York City could be forced to stop meeting in public school buildings depending on a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court. New York City's policy is that the city's public schools are open during non-school hours for use by community groups for the "welfare of the community." Churches are allowed to meet in schools for Bible studies or other programs but cannot conduct worship services. It is estimated that 60 to 75 churches meet in city school buildings.
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Spanish convents use social media to recruit new nuns
The Guardian
Dwindling numbers of women joining religious orders has prompted convents to modernize their marketing methods. Visitors to the Spanish website buscoalgomas.com are greeted by a woman asking if they feel their lives are empty and if they've ever considered the religious life. "Don't run away," she says. "You may have a vocation without even knowing it." The website is used by dozens of Spanish convents to try to recruit nuns.
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70 percent of evangelicals believe religion and science are not in conflict
Religion News Service via The Huffington Post
The sociologist who busted myths in 2014 with her study finding that the majority of scientists are religious, not God-denying atheists, is at it again. Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of Rice University's Religion and Public Life Program, said 70 percent of self-identified evangelicals "do not view religion and science as being in conflict."
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What everyone needs to know about running productive meetings
Harvard Business Review
Raise your hand if you think the majority of meetings are a complete waste of your time — not to mention your organization's time. You don't need to look far for confirming evidence. Consider the data on how one company's weekly executive committee meeting rippled through the organization in a profoundly disturbing way, ultimately taking up to 300,000 hours a year. We could all use some of that time back. But, what can we do about the seemingly endless cycle of meetings that we’re all caught up in?
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Culture: Why it's the hottest topic in business today
Forbes
In 2014, Merriam Webster's dictionary stated that "culture" was the most popular word of the year. Well, it has now become one of the most important words in corporate board rooms, and for good reason. We have a retention crisis. New Deloitte research shows that culture, engagement and employee retention are now the top talent challenges facing business leaders. More than half business leaders rate this issue "urgent" — up from only around 20 percent last year.
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7 ways your feedback is making things worse ... and what to do instead
Inc.
The quality of your feedback has the power to make or break results in your organization, strengthen or dissolve connection, build or break trust, and elicit creativity or carefulness. What's the quality of your feedback? Giving feedback is one of the most important leadership skills people can work with, yet also one of the most intimidating; people fear it, avoid it, sugar coat it, and "feedback sandwich" it leaving the receiver with diluted feedback, hurt feelings, and lost opportunities that do no one any good. Here are the seven things you may be doing that are wrecking your feedback, and seven tweaks to make it rock instead.
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This position will provide a process for conducting the business affairs of the Church in a manner consistent with being a congregation of the United Methodist Church. Implement this process through the administrative staff and volunteers of the Church. The Business Administrator reports to the Senior Pastor, with five direct reports...

Facilities Administrator
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UUCA
This position will direct and support facilities-related staff, volunteers, contractors, vendors/suppliers and customers/renters in creating and maintaining space that supports the mission and the programs of the congregation, provide input into the annual operating budget as requested by the Director of Administration...

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