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It's time to think about risk at your church
By Deborah Ike
Whether we face up to it or not, ministry involves risk. A key staff member quits, donations take a nosedive, a storm damages your building, etc. No one likes to think about these risks. However, those who do consider them and have plans to prevent them and deal with them once they've occurred can survive these events. I am not a lawyer and cannot provide you with legal advice. However, I do have the following tips for you to consider that can protect and preserve your church.
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Preconference Intensives offered at TCN Conference
The Church Network
The Church Network is offering three intensive workshops called FastTracks during the day on July 13 prior to the opening of their national conference that evening at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville. These FastTracks are for Executive Pastors, Church Facilities Managers, and Church Communications Specialists. The cost is just $99 for persons also registering for the full conference and $149 if registering for the FastTrack only. Click here for more information.
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Church email marketing tips
Center for Church Communication
Email can be an efficient and cost-effective method for your church to communicate. The #cmschat on Twitter recently covered email marketing and shared some of their best tips and insights. One tip encouraged churches to "use a service" instead of sending church emails with a huge blind carbon copy list.
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Simple ways to boost planned giving
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Planned giving consultant Claire Meyerhoff provides tips on how to best treat your organization’s donors to make sure they include your organization in their wills. Don't overcomplicate your program, she says, and get back to basics: Ask donors to include your organization in their plans, ask if you are already in their wills, and consistently show gratitude for every gift.
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Planning for special events
Church Law & Tax
A gust of wind propels a bounce house and its cargo of small children across a field. People chase after a bucking bull to try to claim the $100 bills impaled on each of the animal's horns. Two boys place metal garbage cans over the heads and race toward each other. These three incidents all occurred during church special events. Though dramatic, they illustrate the real need for ministry leaders to plan special events carefully and involve insurance companies and attorneys in the process.
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Governor Abbott vows to sign Pastor Protection bill into law
Breitbart
The "Pastor Protection" bill, designed to protect pastors and their churches when refusing to perform a same-sex marriage, passed the Texas House with bipartisan support. The bill will go immediately to Texas Governor Abbott, who has vowed to sign it.
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Top 5 reasons churches went to court in 2014
Managing Your Church
This list can be used by church leaders to know what common legal liabilities and risk management concerns should be addressed — or possibly even prevented altogether — by proper planning from pastors, church staff, church boards, and volunteers.
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5 useful practices for text messaging your church members
Church Tech Today
Churches that are able to embrace technology and use it to their advantage have an easier time not just with retaining membership, but building it. Cell phones, and particularly SMS text messaging, is one such technological advances that churches around the world are starting to see as a useful tool in a number of different applications. In 2013 it was estimated that 91 percent of adults had a cell phone, a number which has likely increased in the past 2 years. As a result, churches have found a number of ways to stay connected with their parishioners using the cell phone and SMS text messaging to their advantage.
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No politics in church? Not so fast.
Religion & Politics
What does it mean for the church to be political? How should the church make decisions about when to engage or avoid politics? And what visions of politics are communicated by the actual practices of congregations?
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Growth Opportunity... Multi-site vs. Multi-venue
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Excitement of a growing church can quickly turn to frustration as growth constraints can limit the momentum curve leaving leadership teams with a difficult decision, how to best facilitate future growth: add more services, start/add a satellite campus, build bigger…MORE
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Why more young women than ever before are skipping church
The Washington Post
Millennials who spurn organized religion tend to reject belief systems before they leave home, said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of "Generation Me." One surprising aspect of this well-documented phenomenon: Teenage girls appear to be disproportionately driving the attitude shift.
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Americans continue to shift left on key moral issues
Gallup
Americans are more likely now than in the early 2000s to find a variety of behaviors morally acceptable, including gay and lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and sex between an unmarried man and woman. Moral acceptability of many of these issues is now at a record-high level.
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Pro MMA fighter's ministry helped 710 combat vets with PTSD live by god's 'biblical blueprint,' escape high suicide, divorce rates
The Christian Post
Hundreds of former Marine and military veterans have been spared from the growing suicide and divorce rates among combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because a professional MMA fighter's faith-based retreat taught them that their disorder is no match for God's "blueprint" for their life. With the backing of WoodsEdge Community Church, Chad and Kathy Robichaux started a ministry in 2011 to help other combat veterans discover the glory of God's plan for their lives.
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13 signs of leadership fatigue
The Christian Post
Leadership is sometimes wearisome – so wearisome that we come close to giving up. Over the years, the author has seen leaders slide into defeat, and has created a list of common signs of trouble.
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How to have a difficult conversation at work
CEO
Learning requires we detect and correct errors in our thinking. But learning often requires we go beyond just one iteration of questions and answers to do so. Asking a series of five whys is a powerful tool for doing just that. But leaders must carefully think through how each iteration of whys – whys that peel back each new layer of the onion – may impact those who have a stake in the problem and each particular layer within the onion.
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A former CIA director's advice on how to make hard decisions
Fast Company
Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA's Counterterrorist Center and FBI’s National Security Branch, is accustomed to making tough decisions. "Whether you're combating terrorists or managing a pension fund, decisions should be made in similar ways," he says. "Before you say your decisions aren't profound, stop. Is it really soulless if it affects people’s lives?" Here, Mudd breaks down his decision-making process in five steps.
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