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Your church needs a platform to respond to tragedy
Center for Church Communication
Once again tragedy struck, and we were glued to social media eager for news. Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three and injuring more than 150. Massive tragedies have a grip on our attention. It's in these moments of terror, fear and despair that people most need hope. Is your church ready to offer it? To share hope, comfort and peace in the aftermath of a tragedy, your church needs a platform to respond.
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3 church website failures
By Mark MacDonald
Most churches have purchased the URL to represent their church, and they've used the easiest way possible to create their website. But few people end up going to their websites, while plenty of time is used to get "lots of stuff" on the site. Even the church staff realizes the website "isn't the best." The church has to stop the madness. Stop spending time and money on something that's not working. Why produce pages that no one is looking at?
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Meeting effectiveness: Do we need a meeting?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Meetings are the most misused tool in a leader's communications toolkit. If leaders took the time to peruse their communications toolkits they would discover they have a number of tools that would be much more effective than having a meeting.

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Defining the win: How job descriptions can improve employee performance
By Deborah Wipf
As a leader, part of your responsibility is to define the win for your team members. Everyone needs to know how their responsibilities contribute to the success of the organization and what winning looks like for them and for the team.

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Main reason for declining church attendance: children's sports?
Gleanings
Sunday used to be a day reserved by many Christians for attending worship services, but new research indicates the extent to which American churches today are competing against myriad other activities.

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What's your title?
NACBA
Whether you are the senior pastor, executive pastor, administration pastor, chief operating officer, pastor of administration, minister of administration, church administrator, church business administrator, director of finance, parish administrator, or have one of the hundreds of other related titles, as a church administrative leader there is one conference for you — the national conference of the NACBA being held in July in Charlotte, N.C.

Don't miss this opportunity to get the latest information available on the Affordable Care Act, other tax and legal issues, human resources, stewardship and fundraising, emergency preparedness, accounting and much more. Download the conference brochure and register today.

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Barna poll: Tithing stable in 2012; evangelicals content with their personal financial status
Church Executive
During tax season many Americans review their 2012 finances, including a look at how much and to whom they donated money last year. In a new poll from the Barna Group, more than half of Americans said they have donated money or items — or both — to a cause they cared about during the last year. And only 13 percent of Americans say they haven't donated any money to charity in the past 12 months.
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The charitable donation deduction: Past, present and future
Nonprofit Standard
Politicians on both sides of the aisle are considering whether the tax deduction for charitable donations should be limited or even eliminated. The charitable sector has responded forcefully, pointing out that it is faced with severe challenges of its own. Any reduction in the incentive for charitable giving, they say, will have catastrophic consequences. All of this discussion begs the question: Where did the idea of a charitable tax deduction come from, and how did it become so deeply entrenched in tax policy?
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Church gets more drama than it bargained for in film
CNN
When a film's credits list "prayer coordinator" before the hair/makeup and wardrobe teams, you might guess it is a faith-based production. "Not Today," which premiered on 50 screens in 20 U.S. cities recently, was not funded by Hollywood investors, but with $1.6 million from the collection plate at Friends Church in Yorba Linda, Calif. Still, the church couldn't avoid the controversies that seem routine in Hollywood productions — including a lawsuit over pay.
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Tax or fee? East St. Louis pastors and mayor in First Amendment standoff
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
On its face, Item 8E — an amendment to an ordinance requiring safety inspections for businesses — seemed like standard City Council fare in East St. Louis, Ill. In reality, it touched on one of the most fundamental and contentious aspects of American democracy: the separation of church and state. And it has pitted the pastors in one of the most church-packed cities in the country against a municipal government whose members sit in their pews on Sundays.
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6 critical issues to prevent church members from dropping out
The Christian Post
Though there are no great surprises in these six issues, what is new in this study is the timing issue. Most of those who will drop out of the church will do so before the end of their first year. And at six months and 12 months respectively, new members will intuitively ask themselves six questions. How they respond to those questions ultimately determines if they will stay or leave.
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Roadblocks to changing your church culture
Church Leaders
Churches rarely adapt quickly enough to changes in culture in order to have a relevant voice. The truth is that societal culture change happens like shifts in a weather system — they're frequently unpredictable, quirky, short-lived and sometimes extreme. Organizational culture change is more akin to steering a cruise ship: It happens slowly and on purpose.
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Proposed energy efficiency tax incentives for worship facilities
Worship Facilities
The proposed extension of the very successful Section 179D building energy tax incentive would, for the first time, cover houses of worship facilities and all other not-for-profit facilities. If enacted, the new law would be effective Jan. 1, 2014. The current 179D legislation, which has been in effect for eight years, has assisted tens of thousands of commercial buildings and government buildings in upgrading to today's extremely energy efficient lighting and HVAC products.
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Building committees don't work — building teams do
Church Executive
Is your church getting ready to jump into a building program? The wrong way to go about starting the process is to set up a "building committee" that comprises a dozen or so representatives of every special interest group in the church. The result of such a committee is predictable: disagreements, arguments, damaged relationships and compromise — often to the point that nothing productive happens.
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Facebook for churches: Key to social media success
ChurchTechToday.com
In some regards, Facebook is the general defacto for churches to begin to engage with congregation members and potential future visitors. Youth groups thrive by engaging with teenagers online, small-group volunteers coordinate all future activities via groups and pages, and the church's presence can be as diverse and powerful with videos, photos, events and links to blog articles from your church's website.
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    The main reason for declining church attendance: children's sports? (Gleanings)
Small is big for millennials (Associated Baptist Press)
5 ways to do church communication on the cheap (Center for Church Communication)
Defining the win: How job descriptions can improve employee performance (By Deborah Wipf)
Church building design trends in the 21st century (By Robert C. Foreman)

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Meeting effectiveness: Do we need a meeting?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Meetings are the most misused tool in a leader's communications toolkit. In most instances, meetings are used by executive leadership as a first response to most situations unnecessarily. X has just happened so we need to call a meeting, or we need to meet to talk about Y. If leaders took the time to peruse their communications toolkits they would discover they have a number of tools that would be much more effective than having a meeting.
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3 things all great leaders know about themselves
Inc.
All good leaders possess a heightened sense of awareness — an ability to read situations in which they find themselves and act accordingly. Great leaders take this one step further. They are not only aware; they are also self-aware. They know much about themselves. Perhaps not everything, but more than most. If you want to start building your self-awareness in areas that will yield immediate results in how you lead, start with these three.
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What to do when an employee doesn't accomplish a goal
Faith & Leadership
One of the managerial challenges related to performance review is how to respond to an employee’s unaccomplished goal. Assuming that this is an otherwise successful employee, this situation provides the manager with a wonderful opportunity to ask substantive questions that can prompt growth and change in the employee, in himself or herself, and in the institution itself.
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Irvine Presbyterian Church — Irvine, Calif.
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First Baptist Church Burleson — Burleson, Texas
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