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Your real competition on Sunday mornings
Todd Rhoades
Ask most pastors what their competition is on Sunday mornings, and you’ll quite possibly hear a list of what other churches in town are doing. Most church leaders aren’t real competitive with most all of the churches in their town or region. But most have at least one or two churches in their area that they feel a little heat from. It could be that the church is bigger. It could be that they’re doing something unique. Or it might be that they are just getting a lot of ‘buzz’ or are the cool church to be at.
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ASSOCIATION NEWS
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Insightful Session Topics at the NACBA National Conference
NACBA
July 14-18, 2014
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee, Florida
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Today's most relevant topics and concerns for administrative leaders will be discussed at the NACBA National conference.

Sessions will include:
  • Tax and Legal Update - presented by Richard Hammar, J.D., LL.M., M.P.A.
  • ACA for Large Employers presented by Andrew Hendren and for ACA for Small Employers presented by Donna Lively
  • Church Communications presented by Natalie Aho
  • Information Technology - presented by Nick
  • Legal and Tax Risk - presented by Frank Sommerville, J.D., M.P.A., CPA
  • Basic and Advanced Accounting presented by Vonna Laue, CPA
  • Cyber Liability and Social Media Risks presented by Paula Burns
Check here for a complete list of keynote and workshop sessions. Early Bird Registration ends May 15. Register now and don't miss the opportunity to network with other church administrative leaders and network with those who know what you face on a day-to-day basis.

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Q&A: Is a pastor's holy land trip tax deductible?
Christianity Today
Richard Hammar addresses the following question in the 2014 Church & Clergy Tax Guide: Our church's CPA says that because a Holy Land trip will serve in the continuing education of our pastor, it would be a tax deductible expense, and that anyone who contributes to the pastor's trip may receive contribution credit. Is this correct?
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The 10 commandments of employee onboarding
By Mel Kleiman
It's important that businesses remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best and giving them an outstanding onboarding process that builds lasting relationships. If you follow these commandments, your organization will become just that — the best. First off, tell every promising applicant not only what's wonderful about the job and the company, but also about what is challenging. This way, neither you nor your new hire will face an unpleasant surprise.
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Should we issue corporate cards to pastors and staff?
Church Law & Tax
A corporate credit card can seem like a useful tool for churches: A convenient and easy way for staff to make the purchases they need to do their jobs. Yet at many churches, the corporate credit card results in headaches and hassles. The bill is due whether or not staff members have submitted the necessary receipts and information, but documentation always seems to be missing or late.
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What a good administrative assistant or secretary does for a pastor
The Christian Post
Originally, we called them secretaries, perhaps because they were “keepers of the secrets.” Then, seeking to magnify their work in their own eyes as well as to impress upon the church members their importance, we began calling them administrative assistants. Some call them “ministry assistants.” All of these are good. They’re almost always women.
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What these social media trends means for your church
ChurchMag
Social media has taken a number of curious twists and turns as it tries to find itself. All mediums undergo this process, but social media still has a few more ups and downs before it all settles. The infographic surveys social media trends that are shaping this year, and while this infographic focuses on business marketing, the trends can still be used with a church, ministry and nonprofit lens. Take a look at the trends and what it means for your church.
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CHURCH TRENDS
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The church must lead the way on race and redemption
Christian Headlines
We've been uncomfortably reminded over the last few years — and the last few days — that the United States still has a long way to go when it comes to race relations. Simmering racial anger and division came out with renewed force during the Trayvon Martin case, and most recently in the racist comments of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Bundy, a cattle rancher locked in a dispute with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, wondered aloud whether blacks would be better off picking cotton as slaves.
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Historic Riverside Church recommends first woman as senior minister
Church Executive
The famed Riverside Church in Manhattan has recommended the Rev. Amy Butler as its seventh senior minister — the first woman to lead the congregation in its 83-year-old history. Butler has been senior minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., for 11 years. The church has about 300 members with an estimated 150 people in attendance on Sunday mornings.

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Nonprofit giving forecast shows encouraging signs of growth
PR Newswire via Digital Journal
A leading charitable giving forecast report just released reveals that donors were more generous than last year in the first quarter of the year. More importantly, it forecasts that giving will remain strong throughout the remainder of 2014, with a lift of over seven percent projected in 2014 over 2013. The data and trends supplied by Atlas of Giving — a monthly forecasting and analytic provider of charitable giving estimates by sector, source, and state in the U.S. — reveal that every sector within the giving community will experience strong growth during 2014.

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Should we issue corporate cards to pastors and staff?
Church Law & Tax
A corporate credit card can seem like a useful tool for churches: A convenient and easy way for staff to make the purchases they need to do their jobs. Yet at many churches, the corporate credit card results in headaches and hassles. The bill is due whether or not staff members have submitted the necessary receipts and information, but documentation always seems to be missing or late.

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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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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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TECHNOLOGY
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3 ways to re-engage the lost millennial audience
Church Tech Today
Young people are leaving the church. Research proves this, and churches know it and feel it every week. Millennials, the current 20-somethings, are the least religiously active age group with an overall 43 percent drop-off in church engagement for the 18-29 age group. Research done by the Barna Group shows that 61 percent of Protestant Christians between the age of 18-29 say that they have dropped out of attending church, after going regularly.
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LEADERSHIP
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4 ways to find God's grace in our failures
Christianity.com
If you haven't figured it out yet, let me encourage you to see something that will greatly help you. Not all of your ideas are good. Some of them are bad. And God will often let you flail and fail out there for very good purposes. And when you fail do not lose the opportunity to find grace in the midst of it.
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A lesson in crisis leadership
Faith and Leadership
When Gretchen Ziegenhals was a young English teacher at a high school in Connecticut, a group of six faculty friends decided to rent a 37-foot Elite and sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas for spring break. They had a great two weeks — sailing around the islands, playing Trivial Pursuit and listening to good music — and were headed back to Florida. That’s when the skies darkened and a storm hit.
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5 leadership lessons I learned when I began to work in a church
Perry Noble
Just over nine years ago, Perry Noble moved from working in the business industry to a full time ministry position at NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He spent the 15 years prior to that working to advance his career and was fortunate enough to be entrusted with leading various teams. His step into ministry also came with leadership responsibilities and over the last nine years, he have learned several lessons about leadership that he didn't fully recognize while in business.
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