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Senate Democrats call for limits on charitable deductions
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The federal budget plan released by Senate Democrats calls for new limits on how much wealthy taxpayers can lower their tax bills through itemized deductions, including those taken for charitable donations. The proposal is the latest attempt by Democrats to impose limits on tax deductions, a policy that nonprofit leaders say would decimate private giving to charities.
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Leadership lessons from Lamentations?
By Debbie Stuart
Recently the Lord unexpectedly led me to a new leadership assignment. I had served on a church staff as the director of women's ministry for almost 20 years, and loved almost every minute of it. I now serve as the church and leadership development director for Women of Faith. It was during December that the Lord abruptly changed my life — and I would have missed it entirely if I had not been listening.
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What was the real purpose of that meeting?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Why was a meeting called that will suspend the progress of the organization or individual team members? Effective leaders know how to unleash the real purpose and power of meetings.

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'Fire, ready, aim!' no more
By Deborah Wipf
Has an exciting new idea ever been raised at your church and everyone immediately starts working furiously to "make it happen"? It's a great idea, everyone's excited and can’t wait to see this new program launched or event brought to life, right?

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How to fix your preacher in 10 easy steps
Church Leaders
So your preacher needs help. He regularly shoots himself in the foot with portions of the church and doesn't know it. What do you do to help the poor fellow? How do you gain his hearing and get him on a good path? Don't despair.

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You know what you need — Here's the place to find it
NACBA
You know you need a break from the routine. You know you need to be refreshed. You know you need to learn more about the Affordable Care Act. You know you need to be a life-long learner. You know you need the friendship of fellow church administrative leaders facing the same issues as you. Since you know all of these things, now what? Come to Charlotte in July.

The NACBA National Conference is the event to provide you with all of the things you need to continue to do your ministry as a church administrative leader in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Take a look at the conference brochure to find out just exactly what you'll experience during our conference. Online registration is open.

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TeleWeb: Quality training
NACBA
What is quality? A degree of excellence. Pride in your ministry. Satisfaction of working toward and achieving a goal. Are you being efficient and effective in the way you are doing things? Patricia Lotich will train you to improve the quality of your church at this April 4 TeleWeb.
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Arizona bills would expand church, religious group tax exemptions
Phoenix Business Journal
The Arizona Legislature is considering two bills that would benefit churches and religious organizations, their tax bills and preschools and nonprofit businesses they operate. House Bill 2645 exemps preschools and day care centers operated by churches and other religious nonprofits from having to pay state unemployment insurance taxes.
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5-minute church communication strategy
Center for Church Communication
Some will say that the very act of sitting down to come up with a communication strategy will improve how you communicate. While that may be true, it helps if you are asking yourself the right questions. The first question you should ask is: Who is my church trying to reach?
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Free Guide to
Year-End Giving


November and December make up the most generous season of the year. Even people who wouldn’t usually consider giving are drawn to thoughts about generosity. This guide from ServiceU offers helpful information for church staff and lay leaders as they prepare for the most important financial season of the year.
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Simple Steps to Streamlined Facility Scheduling

The "EMS" line of facility scheduling, resource management and web calendar tools (EMS Lite, EMS Professional, EMS Enterprise and EMS Master Calendar) is used by more than 1,300 churches. But just as important as choosing the right system is how you implement and use it. Check out some helpful "tricks of the trade" articles here.
KidCheck Secure Children's Check-In

Easy, Smart, State-of-the-Art. KidCheck provides secure children’s check-in solutions designed for churches. Streamline your check-in process, improve security and create a positive parent and visitor experience. From easy-to-use software to complete check-in stations, KidCheck has you covered with full featured solutions at an exceptional value. Request a free demo.


CHURCH TRENDS


9 indicators of a healthy congregation
Church Central
What is congregational health? It has little if anything to do with the size of the congregation. Churches of any size can be vibrant communities. All churches are more or less healthy, and any church can get better if the key leaders are motivated. Here are nine indicators of a healthy congregation.
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Do visitors feel welcome at your church? 5 practical tools you need
Church Leaders
First impressions are not just important; they are crucial. Especially when it comes to first-time visitors. One Christian author writes that a person decides within the first 3-8 minutes whether they will return. The art of making others feel welcome is about more than getting a few people to volunteer to hand out bulletins each Sunday. How can we make the people in our church feel welcome?
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FACILITIES


Flip that church: Why construct new buildings when you can upcycle old ones?
Christianity Today
Pastor Mike Connaway's newly planted VLife Church hasn't started holding official services. Yet the youthful nondenominational congregation is already embracing its new home at the previously vacant Trinity Presbyterian Church, one of the oldest church buildings in McKinney, Texas. Across the country, old mainline and Catholic sanctuaries are finding new life as evangelical churches upcyle and renovate them for modern use, says Gary Nicholson, director of LifeWay Architecture.
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8 tips for a mobile-friendly nonprofit website
Network for Good
Nonprofits are reporting that up to a third of their Web traffic is now coming from mobile devices. The mobile Web is rapidly becoming a key way to communicate your message to donors; it's important that your nonprofit website isn't giving them a bad impression. With a few simple design tweaks, you can make your nonprofit website much more usable on a mobile device — and improve your visitors’ experience across all platforms.
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Focused blogging: Stop obsessing over blog comments
Church Mag
There are a few statistics bloggers seem to be obsessed about: page views, new visitors, views per visit, time on site and the number of comments. Now even though the obsession with the first four can border on unhealthy at times, they are legit indicators of how your blog is doing. When blogging was new, comments were a sure sign that your blog was being read and that people were responding to it. That made it a somewhat valid indicator of a popular blog. But the times have changed.
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7 digital tips in a 'post-website world'
Managing Your Church
David Bourgeois, a professor at Biola University, is author of the forthcoming book, "Ministry in the Digital Age: Strategies and Best Practices for a Post-Website World." He recently presented a webinar on several topics covered in his book. The following seven insights shared by Bourgeois may prove particularly helpful for churches trying to sort out their digital strategies.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    How to fix your preacher in 10 easy steps (Church Leaders)
How can women lead in the church? (Outreach Magazine)
Business models not fit for churches (The Joplin Globe)
How to write church announcements (Center for Church Communication)
'Fire, ready, aim!' no more (By Deborah Wipf)

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What was the real purpose of that meeting?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Why was a meeting called that will suspend the progress of the organization or individual team members? Great thought must go into what is the real purpose of a meeting. Most leaders misuse or underestimate the power of meetings. In calling a meeting, leaders must have a specific result they are striving to achieve in mind. The real purpose is normally not defined in an agenda item or items. Effective leaders know how to unleash the real purpose and power of meetings.
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7 things your employees think about you but never say
Inc.
You have an open-door policy, so of course your employees come to you and tell you everything that bothers them, and you work together to fix it. So why is your turnover through the roof? Because open-door policy or not, it's highly unlikely that your employees are telling you everything you need to know.
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The ideal praise-to-criticism ratio
Bloomberg
Which is more effective in improving team performance: using positive feedback to let people know when they're doing well, or offering constructive comments to help them when they're off track? New research suggests that this is a trick question. The answer, as one might intuitively expect, is that both are important. But the real question is — in what proportion?
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Director, Finance
First Baptist Church Atlanta — Atlanta
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting required, CPA preferred. Ten plus years previous work experience in Accounting/Finance required, not-for-profit experience a plus ...

Communications Assistant
First Baptist Church Atlanta — Atlanta
Candidate must have a growing and mature, demonstrated personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Associate/bachelor's degree required. Minimum five-plus year's proven experience working at an executive ...

Executive Director
Liberty Corner Church — Liberty Corner (Bernards Township), N.J.
Must have a commitment to Jesus Christ and the unique mission of Liberty Corner Church; knowledge of and experience in the day-to-day functions, both spiritual and temporal, of the ...
 



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