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Church attendance: Fat ones, fit ones, new ones
By Mark MacDonald
I have a confession. After almost a decade of going to the gym, I took the last six months off. This week I returned after realizing my clothes were strangely shrinking. During my break, I discovered if I don't work out daily but continue to eat what I'm accustomed to, I will change. FYI: Physical growth is not the same as spiritual growth.
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TeleWeb: Thriving in the second chair
NACBA
Are you thriving in your second chair role? Far too often, second chair leaders are just surviving. It's tempting to say that the person in the first chair is responsible for creating an environment where you can thrive. But what responsibilities and opportunities do you have to shape that environment? Mike Bonem's perspective on this question grows out of countless conversations that he has had since the publication of Leading from the Second Chair.

Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST May 22 for a one-hour TeleWeb, presented by Mike Bonem who will share some keys for thriving including: Recognizing the dynamic nature of your position, reinventing your role, changing the way you see your organization, and discovering new sources of contentment.

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The separation of church and real estate
Bloomberg Businessweek
With prices for land and buildings rising across New York, religious institutions are pursuing real estate sales to generate cash and support their missions. Many of the city’s churches and synagogues were built decades ago, and the massive, architecturally distinct structures require costly repairs. "You can't be a successful member of the clergy in New York unless you know how to take advantage of the land market," says Mitchell Moss, a professor of Urban Policy and Planning at New York University.
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10 ideas to improve giving in your church
Thom S. Rainer
Something is amiss in the North American church when believers average giving about 2-3 percent of their income to the church each year. Such shallow giving limits our ministry possibilities and hinders our getting the gospel to the nations. If you want to increase the giving in your congregation, consider these steps.
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8 common misconceptions about employment liability
Christianity Today
Lawsuits alleging wrongful employment practices are the fastest-growing area of civil litigation today. Unfortunately, many churches and ministries are unaware of the legal risks they face as employers. Mistaken assumptions about employment law can add to the risks. Protect your organization by asking an employment law attorney to review your ministry's practices. And take the following steps to avoid serious consequences from eight common misconceptions.
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8 essential elements of a disciplinary warning form
By D. Albert Brannen
Disciplinary counseling of an employee is one of the most unpleasant but important tasks a manager can perform. If done properly, counseling can rehabilitate an employee, prevent termination of the employee's employment and avoid legal liability. Having a good form to document the warning is critical to making the disciplinary process work.
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Theology of workflow connects dots between spirituality and efficiency
ABPnews
As assistant executive director of the Virginia Baptist Missions Board, Glenn Akins is charged with all kinds of big-picture kingdom work, including keeping churches up to speed on cultural trends and demographics. "It's important for churches to recognize changes so they can keep reaching new people for Christ," he said.
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Pastor team must repay $1.2 million taken from church charity funds
Christian Headlines
Pastor team Rev. Carl Keyes and Rev. Donna Keyes were found taking $1.2 million from church charities as personal loans in an Associated Press investigation; they have now agreed to repay the money. The ministers of Glad Tidings Tabernacle in Manhattan illegally borrowed $500,000 from poverty organization Aid for the World in 2008 which Carl Keyes ran himself. Money that was designated for victims of Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 was taken from another charity Keyes controlled, called Urban Life Ministries.
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A clergy renewal experiment
Faith & Leadership
While clergy fairly consistently report being fulfilled and satisfied by their work, it's no surprise that the work of ministry can really wear on a person. The constant wear can lead to burnout or dropout from ministry. I was excited to hear about a proposal developed a few years ago by the clergy of one United Methodist annual conference to help curb clergy burnout and dropout.
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Dropouts and disciples: How many students are really leaving the church?
Christianity Today
Dropout is a key word in today's evangelical churches concerning teenagers and young adults. The quote often sounds like this: "86 percent of evangelical youth drop out of church after graduation, never to return." The problem with that statement (and others around that number) is that it's not true. But that doesn't mean there is no reason for concern.
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The 6 essentials a leader must manage well
Greg Atkinson
So you're a leader. How are your management skills? Too many leaders think management is below them, and as a result they fail as leaders. "Visionaries" have been known to have their heads in the clouds and miss the potholes under their feet. Good leaders manage well, but not all good managers lead well. What are the essential little things that must be managed well?

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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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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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Mass appeal, at home and abroad: Potential church
Outreach Magazine
When Troy Gramling stepped in as lead pastor of Potential Church in Cooper City, Florida, in 2003, he was a "white boy" from Arkansas leading a church filled with white folks in a community that was anything but all-white. Today, Potential is a church of 14,000 people from 64 countries.
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10 insightful stats on church social media use
Christian Web Trends
Leah Merrill recently published an excellent blog post in which she cited "10 Powerful Church Statistics on Social Media Use." One of the few that stood out was that larger churches are more likely than their smaller counterparts to use their websites interactively.
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The 6 essentials a leader must manage well
Greg Atkinson
So you're a leader. How are your management skills? Too many leaders think management is below them, and as a result they fail as leaders. "Visionaries" have been known to have their heads in the clouds and miss the potholes under their feet. Good leaders manage well, but not all good managers lead well. What are the essential little things that must be managed well?
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One simple, but HUGE way to better empower a team
Ron Edmondson
Leader, let me share one of the best things you can do to better empower your team. And, in full disclosure, I'm the worst at this, but it's something I'm striving to do better. You want to fully empower your team? Here's what you do.
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How to communicate change
Center for Church Communication
Two years ago I was hired for my dream job: Communications director for a large church. I came with more than 20 years of experience in marketing consulting. In marketing, my job was to help my clients' prospects see them in the best possible light. I quickly discovered that communicating to a large, demographically diverse congregation is a different animal altogether.
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5 questions to consider before your next church trip
Church Executive
Taking a mission trip, or traveling to a convention, concert or speaking event are great ways to extend the reach of your ministry. However, once you begin transporting members off the property on behalf of the church, there are special circumstances to consider. Make sure you ask yourself these five questions before your next road trip.
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