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5 ways to survive summer with a balanced church budget
Managing Your Church
Churches have historically dreaded summer due to one thing: giving. That's because activities and costs peak with summer missions trips, camps and Vacation Bible School just as regular weekly contributions wane. The challenge for every church leader is to survive slow summer giving with a balanced budget. The good news: It's possible. The bad news: It will require more attention than you've likely given it in the past. If you want different results, you must be willing to shift your thinking, planning and strategy.
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People hate reading — but please read this
By Mark MacDonald
Have you ever considered what people want to read when they go to your church website? Figure that out — and deliver it — and you'll increase traffic on your website. Giving people what they want is always a good thing. But there's a problem with that. Analytics show a very scary discovery. People don't come to a website to read.
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A checklist for a church building checkup
By Robert C. Foreman
As we age our bodies start to wear out. As we get older, it is a good idea to get a regular medical checkup. The same is true for church buildings. What you do not know about your building could be costly.

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Faith in action: How to prepare and respond when disaster strikes
By Deborah Wipf
The pictures and stories of the devastation in Moore, Okla., have been heart-wrenching. Thankfully, there is a bright spot in the midst of this horrific event as churches and organizations quickly mobilized to help in the relief and recovery efforts.

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A dialogue about stewardship and personal finances
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Too often, pastors discuss money with their parishioners in ways that suggest stewardship is only about donating money to support the church. Faithful stewardship, of course, involves much more than what we give to the church.

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Protect the place you worship
NACBA
In conjunction with the NACBA national conference in Charlotte, there will be a preconference workshop on risk management education presented by the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. The Secure Houses of Worship course is your doorway to safeguarding people and cost-control solutions. Participants will learn the steps and benefits of an enterprise risk management program. They will learn the resources and tools used to identify risks and exposures to people, property and assets. Training in successful communication methods is included in the agenda, as well as network security risks, social networking, cyberbullying and employment law and practices. The workshop will be all day July 11.
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TeleWeb: Biggest hiring hazards
NACBA
The National Association of Church Business Administration invites you to a June 6 phone and/or Web-based seminar: Tax & Legal Update — Biggest Hiring Hazards with Frank Sommerville. Churches on average spend 53 percent of their operating budget on employees. Making the right hire every time is critical.
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Survey: What is your church exploring?
Leadership Network
Please tell us what's moving toward the front burner at your church by taking the Leadership Network survey addressing topics such as multisite, technology, generosity, leadership development and more. In return, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $250 Amazon.com gift card. We will also email you a copy of our survey findings when we publish them. Plus, you'll get our recent report Searching for Strong Senior Leadership Teams: What 145 Church Teams Told Us.
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Do churches operate on need-to-know?
Associated Baptist Press
Many churches have cut back the number of business meetings held each year. Some have scaled back publications — particularly mailed-out print versions. Does communication make much difference in churches? Can't most members find out what they need or want to know? The complex answer often boils down to the distinction between "need" and "want" — and who controls the desired information.
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Disposal dilemmas: Eye-opening stats for the modern church leader
Worship Facilities
If we are to fulfill our Biblical call to be good stewards of God's creation we need to learn and educate others in the ways of properly disposing of chemicals and devices in our church, home and community. With that in mind, here is a list of how to properly dispose of some common chemicals and devices.
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Mobile phones are changing the way people make purchases — and donations
ECCU
With 87 percent of the U.S. adult population now carrying mobile phones (52 percent of them Internet-enabled smartphones), people are changing the way they buy things. According to a survey recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank, 15 percent of mobile phone users have purchased something with their phone in the past 12 months. The most common “purchase” is online bill payment, which may include a donation to your ministry organization.
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Church music conflicts: Have we really always done it 'that way'?
Ed Stetzer: The LifeWay Research Blog
Music can be one of the most controversial issues in the body of Christ. Each person has his or her own unique taste in music. Christians listen to, enjoy and are edified by all of kinds of music. But should they? In seeking to determine what is the right music for a church, it is important that we apply biblical principles to evaluate our music. That is not always easy, as the Bible contains no music notes and God indicates no musical preferences.
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A checklist for a church building checkup
By Robert C. Foreman
As we age our bodies start to wear out. As we get older, it is a good idea to get a regular medical checkup. The same is true for church buildings. What you do not know about your building could be costly. A building checkup, or facility condition assessment, requires expert help. Here is a checklist for a church building checkup.
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Reeling them in: Indiana pastor plans 'fishing church'
The Indianapolis Star
An Indiana pastor hopes a planned "fishing church" will help get people hooked on the gospel. By holding Sunday afternoon worship services at a 10-acre fishing lake, Wade Compton aims to draw people who might not venture into traditional houses of worship. Compton is pastor of Bradley United Methodist Church in Greenfield, Ind., which is housed in a 111-year-old stately limestone building that represents exactly the kind of place Compton says some people find intimidating.
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3 in 4 say religion is losing its influence in the US
Church Leaders
Since the 1960s, the majority of Americans have reported they believe the influence of religion on American life is decreasing; however, Gallup has seen many instances in which the percentage has represented the opposite viewpoint. This occurred most notably in December 2001, a mere three months after Sept. 11, when Gallup reported that 71 percent of Americans believe the influence of religion is increasing. Now, 12 years later, the tables have turned again.
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5 reasons you can no longer afford to ignore Google Plus
Small Business Trends
Despite all the hoopla that surrounded the new social site when it was first released, many businesses are ignoring Google Plus completely in exchange for increased focus on sites like Facebook and Twitter. But when you consider that Google Plus is the brainchild of the world's most powerful search engine, is it really the brightest strategy to ignore Google Plus for business?
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    Faith in action: How to prepare and respond when disaster strikes (By Deborah Wipf)
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Facing financial facts at church (Church Central)
Mastering minutes for church business meetings (Church Law & Tax)

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Getting your head out of 'the cloud'
By C. Fredrick Crum
Many of us work with our heads in the clouds — literally. Due to the explosion of the use of "the cloud" and associated technologies in the last 10 years, we are more tethered to our work world than ever before. With mounting pressure to perform, leaders and aspiring leaders feel they have to continually stay connected to their work world to keep pace or to try to get ahead. Wireless connectivity, mobile smartphones, tablets, email, texts and video conferencing all have helped to expand this work culture.
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Strategies for simplifying your organization
Harvard Business Review
Over the past several years we have heard hundreds of managers talk about the negative impact of complexity on both productivity and workplace morale. Agreeing on complexity as a problem is one thing, but doing something about it is quite another — particularly for managers who are already overworked, stressed and can barely keep up with their current workload.
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Director of Children and Family Ministries
Roseville Covenant Church — Roseville, Minn.
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Minister of Worship
Roseville Covenant Church — Roseville, Minn.
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Executive Administrative Assistant
Confidential — Illinois
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