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Want to finish strong in ministry? Take care of yourself first
By Deborah Ike
As a church leader, you're used to serving others. Whether that's praying with several people after each service, comforting those going through a difficult trial, or trying to ensure the next service has the greatest impact possible, you're focused on everyone else. That's admirable and part of what being a follower of Christ is all about. However, sometimes we take this a bit too far and neglect ourselves to the point where we're no longer effectively serving others.
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President of The Church Network offers an opportunity to recharge
The Church Network
Dear friends, how often are we exhausted? How many days do we have so much to do that we can barely pause to deal with the absolute necessities of life? How many times does it seem like there is no end in sight? I would like to invite you to take a moment and "sharpen your axe!" There is likely a local chapter of The Church Network near you – visit their next meeting and just see if you return a bit sharper for the task. Consider attending this year's National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. The sharper we are, the more productive we can be, and the better we are able to serve our churches and our Lord Jesus. "Don't Go It Alone!"
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Upcoming TeleWeb: Designing and delivering effective feedback messages
The Church Network
We all know that accountability requires feedback. Delivering a positive feedback message feels relatively easy, but how do we hold a member of our staff team accountable for less than stellar performance?

Join Susan Beaumont in this webinar on April 23 at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT, who will explore three basic types of feedback conversations: The daily check in conversation, the quarterly goals review, and the annual performance evaluation.

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When to postpone or cancel church events
Church Law & Tax
Matthew Mead lives one hour north of New York City, an area where his church and the local population endure hurricanes, blizzards, ice storms, and a wide variety of other dangerous weather conditions. That area is also affected by power outages that can go on for days, sometimes more than a week. Sometimes his church cancels gatherings and sometimes it just presses on. But how do you know which to do? Here are a few rules that can serve as a rubric for cancelling or postponing church events.
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7 ways to kill your bulletin
Center for Church Communication
The world is changing and the church clings to its print materials. Why? It's easier to not change. We have processes in place to ensure accurate bulletins are published each week. People trust them. The problem? Most aren't reading them. What should a church do? Don't suggest eliminating all print church communications just yet. In the meantime, here are four key approaches while we wait for the bulletin’s death gurgle.
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Are you monitoring mobile search rankings?
Christian Web Trends
All the talk these days in the search engine marketing field has to do with Google's April 21 mobile-friendly algorithm update. One of the details that is often overlooked is that while this Google update will be big, it will only affect mobile search rankings. Why does mobile search matter? It does for several reasons: About half of all searches are currently done from mobile devices. If your website is not mobile-friendly, it will lose visibility in about half of all searches.
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Forget campaigns: Build your marketing stack
By Randall Craig
Most marketers think of themselves as builders. Their work grows the organization, grows market share, grows the portfolio of products and services. A bit more tactically, the marketer builds page views, conversions and social engagement. Underlying all of these activities, the marketer builds relationships. With tighter marketing budgets and a higher scrutiny of results, improved marketing effectiveness isn't just a sufficient condition for success — it's a critical necessity.
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Recover from bad PR with digital marketing in 5 steps
Forbes
Everyone, and every business, makes mistakes, whether it's a "bad apple" employee, a product launch that didn't go as planned, or a customer service snafu. In the digital age, those mistakes can have long lasting consequences, especially when a story about those mistakes gains traction online. Use these tips not only to help recover, but to strengthen your church's search profile so that you’re ready to meet any PR issues head on.
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How mobile giving needs to be easier and available
DJ Chuang
Somebody needs to solve this problem of mobile donations aka mobile giving. A few companies DJ Chuang knows of that have. But it doesn’t do most churches and nonprofits any good if you know a few of them; churches have to know about them. It dawned on Chuang that this is an unsolved problem as he went to 7 churches over the course of Easter weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, affectionately known as the OC Easter Tour. He wanted to give as a part of worship at the churches he visited, but discovered that 5 out of 7 churches didn’t have an accessible and working mobile giving solution!
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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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Passing the plate a thing of the past? New e-giving trend in churches emerging
The Post and Courier
Inside some Lowcountry Seacoast churches sit kiosks that look similar to automated teller machines or ATMs, but they’re not dispensing cash. Instead, they represent a change among some churches locally and nationwide. “We’ve tried to find different ways for people to give,” said Glenn Wood, Seacoast’s pastor of administration. The kiosks accept digital donations. The method is one of several e-giving options provided by Seacoast for its thousands of churchgoers. From a text messaging service to a smartphone application or donations through the church website, Wood said they are embracing the new trends.
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The Pastorpreneur
The Economist
Robert Schuller, who died on April 2, was the leading example of a very American breed of businessperson: The pastorpreneur. He succeeded by applying the principles of business to religion. However, in his later years, a religious empire that had grown huge by embracing economies of scale and customer focus fell victim to two familiar causes of business failure: Poor succession planning, and a failure to react to dynamic new competitors. Mr. Schuller preached from the roof of a hot-dog stand. The audience sat in their cars and listened via tiny speakers. As his audience grew and the tithes rolled in, Mr. Schuller abandoned his hot-dog stand. In 1961, he built a bricks-and-mortar "walk-in, drive-in" church. In 1970, he began broadcasting his "Hour of Power." In 1980, his flock still swelling, he built his $20 million Crystal Cathedral.
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Unique architecture of Mile Hi Church in Lakewood still drawing stares
The Denver Post
Forty-four years ago, Minister Fred Vogt is said to have told the architect designing a new building for his burgeoning congregation that he wanted something so unique it would draw expletives from surprised drivers. The squat, all-white building sporting what looks like tentacles extending from a series of domes around the roof has been described as a looking like a football, fish, spaceship and eyeball. "Our architecture, if you study the sacred geometry of the vesica piscis, the eye shape is where we see eye-to-eye; in other words, we can all find common ground, and we designed our buildings to reflect that faith," Smith said.
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Tennessee House votes Bible as official state book
The Tennessean
The Holy Bible is the official book of Tennessee in the view of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Despite questions of constitutionality, lawmakers beat back an attempt to make Andrew Jackson's Bible the official book and voted 55-38 in favor of Rep. Jerry Sexton's original bill. "History's going to tell us where we stand on this. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to have the side that I'm on," said Sexton, R-Bean Station, after the vote.
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12 of the fastest growing seminary schools in North America
Deseret News National Edition
Seminary school attendance has been on the rise in the last five years, according to a report released from The Association of Theological Schools. In fact, 12 schools have seen attendance grow by more than 50 percent, with 34 schools growing by 25 percent. And there’s been a shift towards online education, too, with the online student seminary population rising from 13,750 members to 18,500 members — a 35 percent increase, the ATS reported.
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Bible not available in 57 percent of world languages; most Americans believe the Bible is available in every language
The Christian Post
The American Bible Society's recently released State of the Bible survey found that a strong majority of Americans think the Bible is available in all of the world's languages, despite the fact that 57 percent of world languages are still in need of completed Bible translations. Out of the world's 6,901 different languages, 1,859 (31 percent) languages don't have Bible translation processes started. Meanwhile, the report states that 2,195 (26 percent) languages are in the process of having Scripture translated but do not yet have completed Scripture.
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Megachurch sets up fund to repay $300 thousand donated by Ponzi schemer David McQueen
MLive
Resurrection Life Church has set up an account for donations to help victims of Ponzi schemer David McQueen. McQueen donated $300,000 to the Grandville church from 2005 to 2009. He is serving 30 years in federal prison for running a $46 million Ponzi scheme. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Borgula documented McQueen's donations to the church and asked that the money be returned to help, in a small way, reimburse victims of McQueen's crimes.
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17 things great leaders always say to their employees
Inc.
Name your favorite boss of all time. The words that leader used and the encouragement you received is a big part of what made the boss good at his or her job. You can do the same. Here's how. "Let's find a solution that works for you." The phrasing here is key. You are expressing a desire to find an answer right now and it is specific to that employee.
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5 ways to get better at asking for help
Harvard Business Review
It seems like leaders are always lamenting the lack of cooperation and collaboration in their organizations. But more often than not, the culprit isn't their employees' unwillingness to give others a hand — it's the fact that most people simply don’t, or won’t, ask for help. So how can you make asking for help easier? Here are five important lessons for how to ask for assistance at work, and how organizations can create environments where asking for help is encouraged.
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Tapping your church's next source of leadership
Christianity Today
Finding a variety of new leaders might be as easy as looking right in front of you. You may discover them in your own church. That’s what one church did. They loved their young people into maturity, and then handed them the keys to the offices. To do this, they had to see young Christians not as the church’s children or the church’s young adults but as potential leaders. That is the barrier that a changing church must be willing to cross.
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