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Strategy and church organization
Church Central
If you have the spiritual gift of administration, you love structure, systems, processes, and org charts. If you don’t, those things probably drive you crazy. Regardless of your primary gifting, it helps to approach leadership with a thirty-thousand foot view and try to see the big picture of what’s going on in your organization. The way the body of Christ works is if this is difficult for you, surround yourself with other leaders who this is natural for.
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TeleWeb: Tax implications of alternative revenue
NACBA
More churches today are seeking and exploring new sources of revenue in addition to traditional sources, such as tithes and offerings. Often referred to as “alternative revenue sources,” the activities churches pursue vary widely – from more traditional activities, such as operating a preschool or bookstore to hosting concerts or other events to owning and operating commercial businesses.

Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST May 8 for a one-hour TeleWeb, presented by Mike Batts who will discuss the tax and other implications of various alternative revenue sources. He will also discuss strategic ways to legally and ethically avoid or minimize taxes associated with such activities.


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Early-bird deadline for NACBA conference is May 15
NACBA
The NACBA National Conference in July in Orlando, Florida 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 15 is fast approaching. Register online today.
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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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5 questions to evaluate church events
By Deborah Wipf
Special events can be productive and beneficial to your church. Community service projects, youth camps, couples retreats and more may be a core part of your church's annual calendar. However, if you're running the same events year after year, it might be time to step back and evaluate your events. At first glance, each event may seem successful for the sole reason that people keep attending. But do you know why you hold these events? You knew when you first started them, but are those reasons still valid?
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Teaching churches to draw the line
Christianity Today
This is the final blog post in our five-part series from the roundtable discussion we conducted on our Youth Ministry Safety survey findings. We discuss this question: "How do we educate churches about the importance of safety awareness?" If you missed the last four weeks' blog posts on the top concerns facing youth ministry, check them out.
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Optimizing your business posts on Facebook
By Andrea Fischetti
Many of us know that having an active presence on social media is critical for our brands and businesses to remain competitive and relevant. It is equally as important to stay current on what it means to be relevant. For some time now, brands and businesses have focused on attracting "likes" on their posts. These days the playing field has changed. In January, Facebook revised the algorithm that decides what posts users see on their news feeds. Now, users will see more posts from companies that include a picture or video. What does this actually mean?
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How nonprofits and religious organizations can survive a financial crisis
Christian Post
A panel of donor development and fundraising experts offered advice for churches and ministries during a financial crisis. The panel included Mary Hutchinson, Mark Dreistadt, Dale Berkey, and David Holland. They each shared suggestions that could help a church or ministry get through a tough financial time.
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CHURCH TRENDS
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Report: Giving donors data on a charity's impact doesn't always lead to more gifts
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Providing data on a charity’s impact doesn’t necessarily translate into more gifts from prior donors, says a new report. The report details an experiment in which Freedom From Hunger, a California charity, sent direct-mail appeals to its supporters. All of the fundraising appeals included a narrative story about how its programs benefited an individual. Donors who had given $100 or more in the past were more likely to give again when they encountered the data on the charity’s impact. But donors who had given less than $100 were actually less likely to donate when the appeal included the data.
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The new principles of leadership
Big Think
We’re all aware that there are timeless leadership principles that have been true since the dawn of time and that will continue to be valid in tomorrow’s business environment. Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. In today’s world of technology-driven transformation, leaders need to embrace a new leadership principle if they want their organization to be relevant today and in the future.

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The top 6 management conferences for church leaders
Christianity Today
Leaders are learners, as the saying goes, and in matters of church management, ongoing training and learning are essential for leaders to keep up with legal, financial, and risk management developments. Numerous conferences and live events abound on this subject matter, and it's sometimes hard to discern which ones are best.

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How to develop a communications strategy to increase church giving
Tony Morgan Live
Encouraging people to live generously isn’t nearly as complicated as many church leaders make it. Unfortunately, most church leaders feel overwhelmed and unequipped when it comes to talking about money. It can be uncomfortable and intimidating. However, you can’t expect people to grow in generosity (or achieve the God-sized vision for your church) if you don’t talk about it.

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Bible survey: Many Americans scramble their scripture
Christian Headlines via USA Today
The Bible encourages the "repression of women," and it's silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. At least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they're wrong. The American Bible Society's annual "State of the Bible" survey reveals "the people of the book are not people of this book," said Geof Morin, chief communication officer for the society.
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NBA's Silver shows new leaders how to sail through rough waters
By Ryan Clark
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was just forced into a public show of authority only three months after taking the reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. After a short investigation, Silver fined and ultimately banned controversial Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after the latter was recorded making racist comments about African-Americans. With his no-nonsense approach to crisis management, his team-building and willingness to face problems head on, Silver is a great captain from which new administrators and executives can draw inspiration.
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The new principles of leadership
Big Think
We’re all aware that there are timeless leadership principles that have been true since the dawn of time and that will continue to be valid in tomorrow’s business environment. Things like integrity, honesty, and personal responsibility immediately come to mind. In today’s world of technology-driven transformation, leaders need to embrace a new leadership principle if they want their organization to be relevant today and in the future.
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Jesus' lessons for leading
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Building a congregation’s life around a clear vision and purpose is easy to affirm. Aligning that purpose with biblical teaching and witness makes sense. Seldom will church leaders resist the idea that the path toward a vibrant and engaging congregation is to embody God’s mission in clear, dynamic, and powerful ways. The problems emerge when we begin to talk about the how of living out God’s call to be a people on a mission. Like barnacles on a ship, our preferences, traditions, icons, and cultural accommodations have encrusted the mission and threaten to smother it.
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