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American Bible Society to sell 12-story NYC building
Religion News Service
The American Bible Society will sell its 12-story building on Broadway, vacating prime real estate in the heart of Manhattan that serves other evangelical ministries. “The decision to sell the property was made to unlock the value of the site to further the mission of American Bible Society,” board Chairman Pieter Dearolf said in a statement. ”I believe we will always maintain a presence in New York City, the epicenter of American culture and commerce.”
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TeleWeb: Church Boardsmanship: The Rules of Engagement
NACBA
Have you ever wondered what it would take for the church board you and the lead pastor serve to be all they need to be for the church? What about the spiritual and technical nuts and bolts of being a board member? What would it look like if the board members conducted themselves in a way that advanced the mission of the church?

After 22 years of ministry in two large churches and 12 years as a denominational leader and church consultant, Dick Hardy brings the perfect blend of pragmatic spirituality to the role of church board member. Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST April 3 for a NACBA TeleWeb with Dick Hardy. The one-hour session provides 18 rules of engagement for church board members.

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Addressing church-paid medical insurance benefits
Christianity Today
Prior to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, many employers provided health benefits for their employees by paying health insurers directly for the cost of private health insurance, or by reimbursing employees for the substantiated cost of insurance premiums. The amounts paid by employers under such arrangements were nontaxable fringe benefits under section 106 of the tax code, which states that, with some exceptions, "gross income of an employee does not include employer-provided coverage under an accident or health plan."
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Don't learn email etiquette the hard way
By Suzanne Mason
Recently, a marketing professional came under fire when her nasty email response via LinkedIn to a job-seeker went viral. Diana Mekota sent an introduction email of herself along with her professional experience and education over to Kelly Blazek, who runs an online job bank for marketing professionals in Cleveland. Mekota asked Blazek to join her member jobs list, but Blazek forgot the first rule of business communication — remaining professional at all times. And we can all learn an important lesson about email etiquette from this case.
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10 ideas to maximize cellphones in ministry
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Almost every student in any ministry has a cellphone and they are itching to get it out and use it. Here are some ideas you can use to leverage cellphones in your ministry, too.
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The 13 best marketing tips
By Jeffrey Dobkin
I have been involved in direct marketing since ... my God! Am I that old already? Over these years, I've learned a few tricks and stored them away. Anyhow, here's a short list of some of my best tips of all time. It starts with the most valuable tool in marketing: a letter. You can catch and hold the attention of a busy magazine editor or the president of American Airlines.
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World Vision president grieves over children hurt by controversial decision on hiring married gays
The Christian Post
World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns expressed grief over the child sponsorships that were canceled after the organization announced its original policy change on hiring those in same-sex marriages. Although World Vision doesn't have a precise count on the number of child sponsorships that were canceled following Monday's announcement, Stearns confirmed that many supporters had canceled their donations in protest of the board's decision.
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Related story: World Vision reverses decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages


2 McChurch lessons to stop the decline
By Mark MacDonald
With 14,000-plus restaurants and $28.1 billion in global sales, McDonald's is the clear leader in fast food. The company originally stepped up with a good menu and delivered what people wanted: fast food, inexpensively. It's so successful it can't fail, right? Wrong. In the last few months we've seen a leveling of revenues at McDonald's, and fewer people are visiting. Perhaps America's love affair is waning. What about the American church? We have 350,000 locations, but the church is witnessing a leveling off and decline in those churches. Thousands of churches close annually. Perhaps America's love affair is waning. What's going on?
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The 5 things all great managers do
Fox
The study's authors said that while many workers are endowed with some of the necessary traits, few have the talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company's performance. Gallup listed these five talents of great managers.

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$600,000 stolen from Lakewood Church
Houston Chronicle
Lakewood said in a statement to its more than 40,000 church members that cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information had been stolen. Lakewood, which is led by Pastor Joel Osteen, encouraged those who made contributions to the church to monitor their bank and credit card accounts closely for fraudulent charges.

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5 ways to make a huge impact on Easter Sunday
ChurchLeaders
Easter is the Super Bowl of Christianity. More people come to church on Easter than any other day. More people come to Christ on Easter than any other day. It’s the day we put forth our best effort. Here are five suggestions for making this your best Easter service ever.

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Top 6 needs a church can achieve through streaming
Church Tech Today
With internet connections available pretty much anywhere and everywhere, churches have begun to take advantage of bandwidth by streaming their church services online in order to increase their reach well beyond the four walls of their church. Michael Smith with ChurchStreaming.tv, answers why he sees church streaming as one of the areas the Church will grow the most in the next 20 years.
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You don't need to believe to belong to new church plant in NYC's Co-op City
The Christian Post
The pastor of a new church plant that is officially opening its doors this weekend in New York City's Co-op City is praying that those who are farthest from God will be the ones to walk through their doors. That may or may not be a radical approach, but Tolone said his church, also led by his wife, Pastor Cyndie Tolone, was not interested in demanding that anyone become committed to Christ before committing to the community. In fact, he said this was part of New Song Church's core beliefs.
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Church financial troubles force soup kitchen to find new location
WFSB-TV
Financial troubles for a church in Waterbury lead to a difficult decision that's affecting more than just churchgoers. Saint John's Episcopal Church has played host to the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries soup kitchen for decades, but money problems for the church are now forcing the soup kitchen to look for a new home.
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Pastor raising $300,000 to transform neighborhood's last strip club into a church says 'revival is coming to NYC'
The Christian Post
A New York City pastor who leads a congregation in a notoriously seedy neighborhood is determined to transform a shuttered strip club into their new church, and believes a recent witnessing opportunity outside the facility was a sign that God would be bringing "revival" to the city.
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Survey: Charitable giving saw strong gains in 2013
Associations Now
If you needed any more assurance that the economy is well on its way to better health, look no further than the latest data from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative’s  Year-End 2013 Fundraising Survey, released at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' International Conference on Fundraising.
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15 truths your church needs about introverts and leadership
ChurchLeaders
Ever wonder why the introvert on your team isn’t talking? Introverts can be highly creative. They have original ideas. They think things through thoroughly. You need to hear from them. Chances are, if they aren’t sharing, you’re missing out on some good participation. Here are seven reasons they may not be talking.
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Great leaders build a cultures of courage in a climate of fear
Forbes
Fear has always been a potent human emotion. Whether in a society or a corporation, fear can spread like wildfire and sabotage the brightest minds, the biggest organizations and the most robust economies. Which is why, in today’s competitive, accelerated and uncertain marketplace, creating a "culture of courage" that emboldens employees to rise above their fears is vital to creating and sustaining competitive advantage.
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The 5 things all great managers do
Fox
The study's authors said that while many workers are endowed with some of the necessary traits, few have the talent needed to help a team achieve excellence in a way that significantly improves a company's performance. "Very few people can pull off all five of these requirements of good management," the study's authors wrote. "Most managers end up with team members who, at best, are indifferent toward their work — or, at worst, are hell-bent on spreading their negativity to colleagues and customers." Gallup listed these five talents of great managers.
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