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3 ways to deal with church quitters
By Mark MacDonald
Are you a quitter? Most would say no, but there are lots of ways we quit. Some statistics say as many as 95 percent of dieters fail. With 45 million Americans dieting each year, there's some quitting going on. It's hard to be critical of people who stop regularly attending church. I can't imagine stopping, but statistics say it happens all the time. People leave church; maybe not all at once, but they stop regularly attending, move to occasionally coming and then disappear. So what do you do about quitters?
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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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Salaries on the rise at US foundations
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The median salary for full-time positions at grant-making organizations grew to $74,061 in 2013, up from $72,000 the previous year, with workers seeing widespread gains throughout most of the industry, according to a new survey by the Council on Foundations.
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Digital giving strategies for your church
Center for Church Communication
Some form of online giving is common in many churches today. But very few churches have a solid strategy for digital giving. As a result they're missing out on the real potential and power of digital giving to engage new givers. A truly digital generation is coming of age in the church and the proportion of the congregation they represent is only going to grow. Churches that plan to fully engage this new generation of givers need to do more than just offer a donate form on their website.
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Busy isn't always better
Faith & Leadership
Busy isn’t always better. Unstructured time allows introverts to escape, active sorts to move, and external processors to get a cup of coffee together and make sense of the sessions. By offering more time for conference attendees to eat a leisurely lunch, wander through the streets of the city, read the book just purchased in the exhibit hall, or process the session with a friend, conference attendees become participants in and even contributors to the experience, engaging the material and one another in new ways.
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Is pulpit plagiarism on the rise? Some blame the Internet
Religion News Service
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others' material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin. Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll was accused in 2013 of plagiarism in material he wrote with Tyndale House Publishers and InterVarsity Press.
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Grand Rapids area pastors battle it out at Berlin Raceway
MLive.com
Scott Gurley stated from Victory Lane that he had never raced a car in his life until he arrived at the Berlin Raceway on June 5. True, that may seem hard to believe, considering how well Gurley drove a 4 Cylinder around the Marne half-mile, but feel free to take him at his word. If you can't believe the word of a pastor, then who can you trust? Gurley, who is a pastor at the Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, Michigan, talked like a race car driver and looked like a race car driver. And most of all, he drove like a race car driver en route to taking top honors in the evening's Faster Pastor Race.
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Hawaiian churches win partial victory in fight over school rentals
Christian Headlines
A judge in Hawaii gutted a new lawsuit on June 3 filed by two atheists against churches that rent space from public schools. The lawsuit is a renewed effort to prove the churches acted illegally after the same judge threw out their first attempt at a conviction in late 2013.
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The church in America isn't dying, it's changing
Crosswalk
It is beginning to cost something to be a Christian in America — not as much as in many places in the world or in much of history, but more than it used to. As living for Christ costs more in our culture, it will mean … Christianity will become more of a minority in culture, but [we will see] more refined, more biblical, and more missional churches … A counter-cultural church that faithfully adheres to Scripture and proclaims the gospel in a carefully considered way … will offer real hope in the midst of an adversarial culture.
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Is pulpit plagiarism on the rise? Some blame the Internet
Religion News Service
Recent cases of high-profile pastors who have been accused of lifting others’ material are raising questions about whether pulpit plagiarism is on the rise — and whether it has become a more forgivable sin. Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll was accused last year of plagiarism in material he wrote with Tyndale House Publishers and InterVarsity Press.

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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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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.

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Report finds conflicting trends at Christian bookstores
Christianity Today
Sales at Christian bookstores increased by almost 3 percent last year, though the Black Friday bump that saved 2012 failed to materialize again in 2013. While the 2012 sales surge masked mixed results for Christian booksellers, this year's CBA State of the Industry Report says stores are competing less on price and focusing more on personal engagement with customers.
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With illegal taxes piling up, Arizona church faces foreclosure
Charisma News
Having once been homeless, pastor Mike Hobby and his wife, Linda, felt called by God to establish a church in Quartzsite, Arizona, to minister to the physical needs of the homeless and hurting. Only miles from the border of California, Quartzsite attracts tens of thousands of RVs and, due to the warm temperatures, numerous homeless who come to sleep in the desert. It's the perfect town for the church named the Isaiah 58 Project of Arizona.
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How leaders win with strategic innovation
By Scott Steinberg
As modern leaders are aware, risk and uncertainty are on the rise today, and making mistakes is currently the No. 1 fear in the workplace. But if your organization wants to continually change, adapt and reinvent itself, it's worth noting that we must become comfortable with all of these factors and constantly seek ways to mitigate them. Granted, a certain level of discomfort will always be present in any new venture — but our worries can also serve as powerful motivators, indicators of new opportunities and driving forces that fuel continuing innovation.
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Leaders: You're not thinking BIG enough
Church Leaders
One of the greatest lessons about vision can be learned in the simplest manner while at church. Take this situation for example: Some of a church's leadership determined they needed to air condition the building. This led to a business meeting. They discussed the situation as the ping-pong match began. One of the men felt strongly that did not need to do it because "times were hard."
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Essential skills for preventing burnout: Part 1
Managing Your Church
Gregory L. Hunt, author of “Leading Congregations through Crisis” and keynote speaker at this year's conference for NACBA, speaks on the topic of "burnout" in an interview and how church leaders can guard against it. This is a two-part interview.
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