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Who volunteers the most?
Christianity Today
Religious Americans participate in charitable or volunteer organizations twice as much as do secular Americans. So says existing research. But a new study suggests that it's not people's religion that prompts them to become model volunteers, but which high school they attended. According to Calvin College researchers Jonathan Hill and Kevin den Dulk, the type of high school people attend influences them more than any other factor — including religion, socioeconomic status or family type.
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Be prepared before the sirens go off
By Deborah Wipf
Is your church prepared in case something bad happens? It could be a natural disaster, an accidental fire or a security threat. No one likes to consider these possibilities, but we live in a broken world where these events can occur anywhere and without warning. Being prepared for a disaster isn't as difficult as it may seem. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
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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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Need help with church administration? We’ve got it
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The NACBA National Conference in July in Charlotte, N.C., is the place to find the help you need for your church administration issues. There will be 80 workshops, four keynote speakers, 100 church suppliers, plus around 500 of your colleagues in church administration with whom to network. 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. The early-bird deadline of May 16 is fast approaching. Download the conference brochure and register online today.
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3 risks keeping church leaders up at night
Managing Your Church
Frank Sommerville, CPA, JD, recently visited Christianity Today and spent time with our team. Sommerville is one of our editorial advisors and he spent time with us discussing some of the top risks churches face each day. A couple of days later, he spoke nearby at an NACBA local chapter meeting. Between our on-site visit and his NACBA presentation, it became abundantly clear that there are critical, ministry-killing pitfalls that threaten every church, and leaders need to be better educated on these risks.
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How to name your church ministries
Church Leaders
At some point, most church leaders are going to sit in a room and discuss what to name a ministry or a program in their churches. For many churches, the naming process is haphazard and unintentional, and the resulting hot mess of names only confirms the lack of coherent strategy in the church. To help you approach the naming process with greater purpose, here are a few thoughts.
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How to do a communications self-audit
Center for Church Communication
Before we talk about how, we should probably talk about why. Regular, scheduled, self-audits are important for a lot of reasons, mainly for consistency, vision leaks and effectiveness. The first thing you need to do is to take an assessment of everything you're currently doing. This is probably the hardest part, but it's the most foundational.
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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.
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Mission Arlington is taking church to the people
Faith and Leadership
Management theorists talk about five elements an organization needs to effect significant change: vision, skills, incentives, resources and an action plan. But the First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas, and Tillie Burgin, the resourceful leader of Mission Arlington, have stood that theory on its head for 27 years. Burgin, 76, said she never envisioned creating a multimillion-dollar social services network when the church asked her to start a Bible class in a low-rent apartment complex in 1986.
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10 reasons kids leave the church
The Christian Post
If you're a parent, you're well aware of how challenging it can be to build a solid biblical foundation for your children. Even the statistics bear out the struggle. The exact percentages are up for debate, but we know a significant number of kids walk out the church doors after high school graduation and never return. Why?
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DC houses of worship compete for preservation funds
Religion News Service
Four Washington, D.C., houses of worship are in the running to receive preservation grants in a campaign launched recently by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. District of Columbia-area residents can vote online at the Partners in Preservation website for their favorite among 24 historic buildings and landmarks, which are in the running for $1 million in funding.
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Historic churches stand in path of new Atlanta Falcons stadium
The Christian Post
Two historic black churches in Atlanta sit in the path of a proposed site for the new Atlanta Falcons stadium scheduled to open in 2017 to compete with more modern football stadiums, such as Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Reliant Stadium in Houston. Building the $1 billion stadium just south of the Georgia Dome would require Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, which predates the end of the Civil War and has stood at its present location since 1880, to move their congregations from their historic locations for the sake of football.
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Church renewal requires property renewal
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
We might want spiritual concerns to be the drivers of the revitalization of a parish. However, if there is one key to the renewal, that key is getting on top of the buildings. If the physical plant is in terrible shape, it will be the major source of anxiety and shame for the people. You must do whatever is necessary to get control of the buildings so that people can begin to think about other things with hope for the future.
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Getting a grip on your social media
By Robin Carver
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Blogger — Is your head spinning yet? With so many social media options it can be hard to pick and choose which options to use. While rattling off a 140-character post or uploading a photo seems easy enough, when you are on six different social media outlets, it can be pretty time consuming. Understanding how people use social media will help you rein in the time you spend online.
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Why clearly communicating purpose is the most important leadership skill
Fast Company
There are so many characteristics of great leaders. Different circumstances demand different leadership styles. But if those you lead don't understand what you believe in, what your goals are and what you personally are willing to do to help get there, they will never be able to maximize their collective potential.
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The secret to success? Make laziness embarrassing
FORTUNE
What do successful people do? They create external motivations for things they want to do but life has a way of crowding out. They create accountability systems that boost important but not urgent items to the top of their priority lists — ideally in a way that makes failure really uncomfortable. Effective people know we succeed when success seems like the easiest choice.
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Christ Church — Lake Forest, Ill.
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Ideal candidates will have 3-5 years of experience working in finance in a leadership role; have a bachelor's degree in business administration or a related field ...
 



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