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How to have productive church communication meetings
Center for Church Communication
What's the typical meeting like at your church? Whether it's a staff meeting, creative meeting or individual team meeting, does each one tend to be productive and efficient? Or is it something you dread when you see it on the calendar? Meetings are a necessary — but often fruitless — part of life as a communications leader in the church.
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TeleWeb: Tax and legal update - 5 reasons for an attorney
NACBA
Learn the five reasons why you need an attorney and how to make sure you know when to seek legal counsel before moving forward.

Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST June 5 for a one-hour TeleWeb, presented by Frank Sommerville who will cover five critical times you need to engage with an attorney. Plus, the session is designed to address your "just in time" legal questions. Register now and add your question to this list in advance to be included in the dialogue.

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Do this for yourself
NACBA
As followers of Christ we are always trying to learn, to improve ourselves and to serve at the highest level. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your ministry is to attend the NACBA National Conference. The conference includes sessions on legal and tax issues led by Richard Hammar and Frank Sommerville, accounting issues, the Affordable Care Act, fundraising, risk management and many more. In addition, there are many network meetings including the metro network for large churches, executive pastors, African-American church administrators, church communications, historic congregations and denominational networks. You are not alone, so don't go it alone. Join us in July in Orlando. There's still time to register and make your travel plans, but don't delay!
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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Ignore the changing world at your own peril
Faith & Leadership
In February 2011, then-CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop authored a memo to the company that has, in the years since, circulated widely. In the year leading up to the memo, Nokia had gone from being among the "Who's Who" to the "Who's that?" of technology companies. Elop started the memo by recounting the story of a man on an oil rig in the North Sea. In the middle of the night, an explosion set the rig on fire. The man now faced an awful decision — stay on the burning platform and await certain death or jump into the inky, icy North Sea 100 feet below. He chose to jump, a decision that saved his life.
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3 tips for finding hidden talent in your church
By Deborah Wipf
One of the great things about my job is I get to talk with leaders from a variety of churches. One of these leaders mentioned the hidden talent in his congregation. These are folks with specialized skill sets, many of whom either have their own business or are fairly high up in an organization. They are CEOs, lawyers, bankers, doctors, police officers, mechanics, etc. They also love their church and want to serve. Now, you could assign them to greet at the front door or organize the bookstore. Hopefully, they're humble and wouldn't object to serving wherever you asked. However, is that the best use of their talents?
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Planning for change
Christianity Today
Every church needs a plan. But plans are often subject to last-minute adjustments. Especially in a small church, where minor changes can cause big ripples. That happened in a church recently. That church had a perfect storm of circumstances (literally) that caused a specific change in events that almost never happened.
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Making choices
Faith & Leadership
Determining a strategy is all about making choices. That idea sounds simple, but it challenges the notion that strategy is all about coming up with cool ideas. In "Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works," business theorist Roger Martin and Proctor & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley argue that strategy is making disciplined choices in response to key questions. Church is not about winning, selling soap or making money.
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CHURCH TRENDS
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How can churches reach single parent families?
Crosswalk
Three out of 10 families with children today [in the United States] are headed by a single parent. That makes this group one of the largest population segments in the nation. Churches with an atmosphere geared mainly toward intact families can be off-putting to single parent families, so how can church leaders begin to think about reaching and ministering to this growing population group?
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Thief swipes $11K from church rectory while priest leads Mass
New York Post
A thief swiped thousands of dollars in cash donations from a priest in Stuyvesant Town, New York, cops said. The sinner crept into the rectory of the Conception Church on East 14th Street around 3:15 p.m. on May 25, while Spanish mass was wrapping up and parishioners were gathering there for coffee, clergy said.
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Florida pastor: Churches must minister to a multicultural society; it's no longer simply an 'option'
The Christian Post
If churches want to stay relevant, they need to analyze the demographic makeup of their youth ministry to see if it resembles the diversity of their communities, says a Florida-based youth pastor. Tom Bolling of Belvedere Baptist Church in West Palm Beach advises church leaders that they should re-evaluate their vision in order to develop a multicultural young adult ministry.
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Missionary died thinking he was a failure; 84 years later thriving churches found hidden in the jungle
Godreports
In 1912, medical missionary Dr. William Leslie went to live and minister to tribal people in a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After 17 years, he returned to the U.S. a discouraged man — believing he failed to make an impact for Christ. He died nine years after his return.
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Planning for change
Christianity Today
Every church needs a plan. But plans are often subject to last-minute adjustments. Especially in a small church, where minor changes can cause big ripples. That happened in a church recently. That church had a perfect storm of circumstances (literally) that caused a specific change in events that almost never happened.

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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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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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What Spurs coach Gregg Popovich can teach business leaders
By Ross Lancaster
Since taking over as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs 18 games into the 1996-97 season, Gregg Popovich has made his name as one of the best coaches in NBA history, winning four NBA championships and over 67 percent of his team's games. In 2014, after guiding the Spurs to the best record in the NBA, "Pop" was named Coach of the Year for the third time in his illustrious career. But Popovich's coaching style and lessons don't have to be limited to just basketball. Here are four staples of his coaching or personality that can help you manage your business and improve your career.
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4 ways to improve your leadership
Ministry Best Practices
As leaders we always want to improve and develop. Yet many of those improvements don't necessarily come from the latest book or ministry conference ... they come from other people. People and relationships in our life are "important" but not always "urgent" and therefore they to often get neglected. Here are four ways to improve your leadership through the help of others.
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Think like a team, win like a team
CEO
Humans are naturally programmed to form if-then contingencies. It's part of our genetic wiring. When we make goals for ourselves and follow up with those goals, we create a link in our brains between certain situations or cues. This establishes powerful triggers for action. According to studies, if-then planners are 300 percent more likely to reach their goals. If-then strategies also improve team performance by sharpening the group's focus and delegating members to finish key tasks.
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