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How to prevent staff communication silos
By Deborah Ike
If your church staff consists of more than a few people, you've likely faced a communication issue. As you add team members and organize into various departments, communication between groups becomes more challenging. It's easy to get so caught up in your own deadlines and ideas that you forget there are other groups to consider. For example, let's say your youth ministry is planning a big event. That doesn't just involve staff within the youth department, right?
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Register for the can't-miss event of the year for church administrative leaders
The Church Network
The 59th National Conference of The Church Network (powered by NACBA) in July in Nashville, Tennessee, is the place to find the help you need for your church administration issues. There will be 70+ workshops, four keynote speakers including Richard Hammar, 100+ church suppliers, plus around 500 of your colleagues in church administration with whom to network so you "Don't Go It Alone." Take advantage of this opportunity to get the latest information available on tax and legal issues, human resources, stewardship and fundraising, construction, communications, IT, accounting and much more. The early-bird deadline of May 14 is fast approaching. Don't delay! Register today!
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5 financial attitudes people use to hold their churches hostage
Church Leaders
Do you know any church members who have made demands based upon their financial giving to the church? Okay, that’s probably a rhetorical question because most of you readers certainly have experienced that discomfort. A number of church leaders were asked to share how this "hostage taking" usually takes place. Here are the five most common responses.
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Using mobile pay devices to accept payments
Batts Morrison Wales & Lee
Nonprofit organizations are discovering the flexibility and mobility of mobile payment systems and are using them with increasing frequency. With fewer people carrying cash or checkbooks, collecting money from people often requires the ability to accept card payments. One of the great things about mobile payment technologies is that they allow anyone to become a "merchant" and accept payments by credit or debit card anywhere there is an internet connection. Mobile payment devices and apps are particularly convenient for collecting money for event admissions, concessions, and similar activities.
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7 steps to budgeting success
Worship Facilities Magazine
The budgeting process probably isn’t your favorite ministry activity. However, the act of planning for your church’s financial future supports the ministry and vision of your church. As the Chief Operations Manager at First Baptist Tulsa, Bobby Hart guides the staff and key volunteer leaders through their budgeting process. He puts it this way, "Budgets create accountability between ministry leaders and the church at large, and therefore increase trust."
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Churches brace for same-sex marriage ruling
Wall Street Journal
Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 28, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism.
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Former Mars Hill Church Executive Pastor and elder shares all: Church governance: Local elders or outside board?
The Christian Post
Church leaders hotly debate what is the appropriate governance structure for a church. Should church boards be all local elder-led? Should they have outside leaders? Should they be a combination of both? Should a church have one outside board for governance and decision-making and another internal board for pastoral accountability? A small church can have a local elder-led board. A small church can have an outside board. It can even have a hybrid of both.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about SEO
Christian Web Trends
This SEO series is designed for the leaders and communications directors of Christian churches, schools ministries and business who know having good search rankings is important but are not SEO experts. The series is designed to help you understand what SEO is, why it’s important, what questions to ask an SEO company and how to evaluate SEO companies and services so that you can select the option will best help you achieve your mission online.
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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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5 simple ways to recover the lost art of productive meetings
Entrepreneur
Meetings are designed for a purpose, but what generally happens is that purpose gets hijacked by stronger personalities for a myriad of reasons: They never got the memo about what the meeting's about, they think they’re entitled to run the meeting how they want (rather than what’s best for the organization) or they just don’t know any better. Here are five ways to shape your next meeting so it’s successful and doesn't make you look older than you really are.
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Volunteer value hits $23.07 an hour
The NonProfit Times
The value of a volunteer hour was up 52 cents to $23.07 last year, about 2.3 percent more than 2013, according to the latest estimate released by Independent Sector. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy coalition for nonprofits updates the figure annually, including a state-level breakdown for the previous year. The values ranged from a low of $19.31 in Arkansas to a high of $39.86 per hour in the District of Columbia.
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Church seeks prosecution of former treasurer in suspected theft of $400K
WBIR
A Knoxville, Tennessee, church is seeking to prosecute its former treasurer after a review of church finances showed a substantial amount of money had gone missing over several years. The church estimates the former treasurer stole over $400,000. The church previously became suspicious but trusted the treasurer’s rationalizations for the financial irregularities.
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More engaged couples request charitable donations instead of gifts
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Paisley McDonald and her fiancé, Chris Madsen, know exactly what they want in a wedding celebration. Engaged in February, they made quick work arranging the details, including a small May beach ceremony on Amelia Island in Florida and later a party for up to 300 in Atlanta, where they live. They also know what they don't want: Presents.
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Alabama church hosts pet vaccination clinic
Outreach Magazine
With a shared interest in providing outreach for pets in distressed neighborhoods, volunteers of Delta Dogs, an outreach for pets in distressed neighborhoods, and Trinity Family Ministries united for a dog clinic at the Mobile, Alabama church. Law requires vaccination for Mobile’s four-legged residents living inside city limits, but Trinity church leader Mike Campbell says most pets treated that day had never before received vaccines or seen a veterinarian.
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California church mobilized 10,000 volunteers for 'weekend of service' worth $2 million
The Christian Post
A church in California mobilized an estimated 10,000 volunteers to perform over 400 charitable service projects over the course of 48 hours, estimated to be worth over $2 million in billable labor and material. Known as the "Weekend of Service", the multisite North Coast Church did a series of projects on April 25-26 meant to benefit over 100 locations in six cities in North San Diego County. "We made improvements at more than 50 public schools, ranging from elementary to high school ... we served a wide cross section of organizations both secular and faith-based," said Larry Osborne, pastor at North Coast Church.
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How emotional intelligence became a key leadership skill
Harvard Business Review
Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. However, it took almost a decade after the term was coined for Rutgers psychologist Daniel Goleman to establish the importance of emotional intelligence to business leadership. An understanding of what exactly constitutes emotional intelligence is important not only because the capacity is so central to leadership but because people strong in some of its elements can be utterly lacking in others, sometimes to disastrous effect.
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How to discover your a-ha moment
Inc.
A chance encounter while living in Nairobi resulted in Kenton Lee launching "A Shoe That Grows," a project that provides adjustable shoes that can grow up to five sizes for children in need. So how did this all came about? Back in 2007, on that walk to a Kenyan church, Lee was observant. He had the wherewithal to notice the young girl who was walking alongside him. Had this been you, would you have noticed her? Are you "heads up" in the world, noticing the limitless possibilities around you? Or are you "heads down" in your to-do list, inbox, or Twitter account? If the latter, you're bound to miss tremendous opportunities for inspiration and breakthrough ideas. Instead of waiting in line and checking your social media feed for the 36th time that day, why not play "I Spy" with yourself? Challenge yourself to simply notice the intricacies of your surroundings.
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6 things you need to know to lead the Playstation generation
CEO
We’ve all read plenty about millennials before: They are used to being told they are good all the time from a young age. They are not ready for real world setbacks. All they want is instant gratification. They lack loyalty. The list goes on. While some of these characteristics have some truth to them, they can be said about previous generations as well. The stereotype of a millennial is a digital version of what 20-year-olds have been like since the industrial revolution. Here are the six things that today’s leaders need to know to really harness the power of millennials.
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North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
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