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3 reasons clergy need a healthcare planning app
The Huffington Post
Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners. Normally, one would file the signed legal documents, often including a living will that informs any decisions he or she makes, in a church office file cabinet. However, leaving the documents at church doesn't help that much. Those documents are needed at the bedside or in a hospital waiting room.
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Please participate in church marketing research study
NACBA
A study is being conducted to characterize various organizational factors as they relate to the marketing concept within the church community. Your participation in a survey is being requested by a doctoral student from Capella University in an effort to satisfy degree requirements and to expand the knowledge base concerning the business concept of market orientation within the nonprofit environment. It is anticipated that the survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information before deciding, please use the following link to access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/629JVJ2

The survey link is now active and will remain so until May 30. The results of this study are expected to yield valuable insights on the topic of marketing within the church. Your support in making this happen would be greatly appreciated.

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5 implications for churches as the boomers retire
Christian Post
The implications for churches are staggering. This generation is not of the mindset of previous aging generations. According to a Pew Research study, the typical boomer does not believe old age begins until age 72. And the typical boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age. So what are some of the implications for churches? Read these carefully. There are very few churches that will not feel the impact of retiring boomers.
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Does your pastor need an optometrist?
By Mark MacDonald
I just visited the eye doctor. I have the issue that "older" people get: My arms just aren't long enough to hold the book to read well. I hate to admit it, but I need reading glasses. The optometrist suggested one contact in my left eye that allows up-close vision while my right eye will continue to see great distances. I agreed to try it, so for the last week, I've been allowing my brain to adjust to the double vision. I realize now, more than ever, that I need a good balance between near- and farsightedness. Our church communications need this balance, too.
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Christian leaders are sometimes called to waste a little time
Faith & Leadership
We all think about time, and most of us think we don't have enough of it. A recent Harvard Business Review article offered new ways in which business leaders can make more of time. An organization's time goes mostly unmanaged, the authors argued. While most companies have elaborate and well-regulated plans for managing money and budget, company time goes largely unmanaged.
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Good news for churches worried about losing their pastor's best benefit to atheist lawsuits
Christianity Today
A federal judge in Kentucky has thrown out an atheist challenge to tax benefits for churches and clergy — a decision that stands in opposition to the high-profile overturning of the IRS' clergy housing allowance by a Wisconsin federal judge in November.
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How many teens are leaving the church?
Crosswalk.com
If you want to get Christian leaders talking, just ask them one simple question: Why are young people leaving the church? Opinions vary from types of music to the way we're teaching the Bible to the time of our services. However, Ed Stetzer, president of Lifeway Research, thinks we need to take a deeper look into the data before we begin proscribing solutions. First, he wants us to get our facts straight.
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Study: 'I know what you did last Sunday' finds Americans significantly inflate religious participation
Public Religion Research Institute
The research shows that every subgroup of Americans inflates their levels of religious participation, with young adults, Catholics and white mainline Protestants particularly likely to inflate the frequency of their attendance at religious services.
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Assets grew 14 percent at small and midsize foundations in 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Assets at small to midsize foundations grew by 14 percent in 2013 and gave out more than 7 percent of their assets, according to a report released on May 21. Those grant makers, which have holdings of less than $50 million, account for 98 percent of all U.S. foundations, but only about 30 percent of all foundation wealth nationally, according to the study by Foundation Source, a firm that provides advice and administrative support to grant makers.
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Good news for churches worried about losing their pastor's best benefit to atheist lawsuits
Christianity Today
A federal judge in Kentucky has thrown out an atheist challenge to tax benefits for churches and clergy — a decision that stands in opposition to the high-profile overturning of the IRS' clergy housing allowance by a Wisconsin federal judge in November.

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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.

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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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Don't make these 9 deadly leadership mistakes
Inc.
Being a leader isn't easy, and not every decision you make is going to be a good one. But you can be a more effective leader if you avoid the most common mistakes that bosses make. The good news is that, with just a little bit of work and attention, these mistakes can be avoided and your company can thrive as a result. So avoid these nine deadly leadership mistakes at all cost.
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One mistake leaders must avoid on social media
ChurchMag
When a game changes you've got to adapt your strategy. If there is a new game in town you can't play by the old set of rules and expect to win. For decades (if not centuries) leaders, pastors and marketers have enjoyed a safe and controlled atmosphere. At least when it comes to communication.
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6 ways pushing past your comfort zone is critical to success
Forbes
As a women's career coach and leadership developer, Kathy Caprino has seen that one of the most damaging things a person can do in their career is to stay for years where they're comfortable. She's done it, and what often ensues is that someone will begin to doubt their value in the marketplace and wonder if they really have the chops to succeed and thrive outside their current job.
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Difficult conversations: 9 common mistakes
Harvard Business Review
Holly Weeks, author of "Failure to Communicate: How Conversations Go Wrong and What You Can Do to Right Them" shares nine common mistakes many people make when they've found themselves in difficult conversations.
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