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Report: Slight decline in giving to religion
Christianity Today
Giving to religion declined, according to the newly released 2014 Giving USA report. "Americans are slowly pulling themselves out of a charitable slump — except when it comes to religious groups," according to a story from the Religion News Service. "That takeaway from the new Giving USA report, perhaps the most-read annual study on philanthropy, shows a slight downturn for churches and other religious organizations against an improving charity landscape."
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Last call for NACBA Conference in Orlando
NACBA
It’s not too late to register, but time is running out. The cutoff date to receive our special room rate at the Gaylord Palms is Monday, June 23rd. Join us next month for a great time of learning, networking, and renewing. You are not alone in church administration, so don't go it alone.
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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Please read these 297 words
By Mark MacDonald
More people would read more books if they were shorter. Wouldn't you? More would pick up a 20-page book than a 500-page book, no? The thought of picking up a gigantic book hasn't crossed my mind since college — no matter how interesting it sounds. The majority of people agree. So, it makes sense that your website and communication materials need to be short. The problem? It's not easier to write fewer words.
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4 keys to planning for church health
Church Central
Based on both research and anecdotal evidence, Thom Rainer estimates that 9 out of every 10 churches in America are growing at a slower pace than their community — if they are growing at all. That is not a good sign for the church in America. Through the feedback received in recent years, it has become overwhelmingly evident that the spiritual health of churches and pastors is of great concern. Many have asked how to transform the churches in the 90 percent that are not growing into ones like the 10 percent that are.
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Why they don't quit: 3 drivers of employee retention
By Greg L. Alston
Having been in management since 1978, I have attended hundreds of meetings dealing with employee retention issues. The debate has raged for years about what the biggest drivers of satisfied employees are. Most people default to pay as being important, which it obviously is, but it does not seem to be the most important factor.
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How to make the most of the #WorldCup social media opportunity
Christian Web Trends
As the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, it is clear that much more than teams' rosters have changed over the last four years. Rather, the means through which humans across the world communicate have drastically changed since soccer last stood on its biggest stage in 2010. Four years later, the biggest scorer of the 2014 World Cup may not be on the field, but rather, inside of the social media channels activating around the event.
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Economic easing has employees feeling restless
By Michael J. Berens
Don't look now, but your employees are getting ready to leave — in droves. At least that's what they told the survey researchers at Salary.com. Results from the website's 2014 annual Job Hunters Survey show 83 percent of employees are actively looking for new jobs this year, up 6 percent from last year. What's more interesting, though, is why. What's different about this year's survey results is that more employees said they were "happy" in their current positions, including 28 percent of those who said they are hunting for a new job.
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CHURCH TRENDS
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Texas Megachurch initiates tithing challenge with 100 percent blessing guarantee
Christian Headlines
A megachurch in Texas has launched a tithing initiative that will refund 100 percent of offerings it receives in a 90-day period if God does not follow his promise of blessing those who give. Fellowship Church of Grapevine, Texas is urging members to participate in the 90-Day Challenge, an idea based off of the Old Testament scripture verse Malachi 3:10.
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Gateway to church for young adults
Faith & Leadership
An eight-year-old ministry in North Carolina's largest city is flourishing where many mainline churches are falling short: Reaching 20- and 30-somethings, not just with a message and music tailored to that generation, but with a mission that sets this effort apart. Charlotte/One measures its success not just by how many people turn out on Tuesday nights but by how many are inspired to go to another church on Sunday mornings.
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7 ways to stretch yourself as a leader
Ron Edmondson
Those who succeed in the future workplace must be innovative, adaptable, able to change quickly. You knew that, right? It's not an option these days. It's mandatory just to keep up with the pace of change. We can wish for days gone by, but to keep up, leaders will have to stretch themselves and work smarter.

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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.

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How to overcome dysfunctional church communication
Center for Church Communication
When Karen Shay-Kubiak stepped into her current position as communication director for a large church in the Midwest, she had been a congregant in the pews for close to 10 years. It wasn't long into her first few weeks on staff that she became aware of some glaring areas where things weren't quite — um — functional.

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After teaching churches how to store up treasures on earth, speaker faces fraud indictment
Christianity Today
A self-styled "socially conscious investor" who took his "Building Wealth Tour" to churches across America has been indicted on charges of defrauding investors of more than $5 million. Ephren Taylor II is accused of participating in a conspiracy to defraud investors from April 2009 through October 2010, according to the U.S. attorney's office in northern Georgia.
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The banality of clergy failure
The Christian Century
This is the banality of clergy failure — that we put ourselves between people and God. That we tacitly assume God is distant, remote, occupied, distracted, and so we, to compensate, must be present, intense, hearty and inspiring. We must be more human than God. God can't possibly remember this woman's name, her complex story of not having and then having children and their complex story. So we invest deeply in her, utterly professionally, of course, and her melting heart, her trust, her signs of faith and hope — these are the medals of our ministry.
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How to receive criticism: 3 ways to avoid feelings attached by criticism
Christianity Today
How should you receive criticism? Whether we like it or not, criticism is a necessary and even helpful part of learning from one another in the body of Christ. Yes, some people are too thin-skinned to receive it. As a public figure, people regularly take to social media and blogs to criticize pastors and various aspects of their ministry. That's part of life for anyone who leads, speaks, or thinks in public.
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10 ways to spot your own arrogance
Church Leaders
Jim Collins' "How the Mighty Fall" and Tim Irwin's "Derailed" both review the process of decline in leaders and organizations, especially in leaders who perhaps once thought themselves invincible. Use these potential markers of arrogance to avoid such a fall.
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7 ways to stretch yourself as a leader
Ron Edmondson
Those who succeed in the future workplace must be innovative, adaptable, able to change quickly. You knew that, right? It's not an option these days. It's mandatory just to keep up with the pace of change. We can wish for days gone by, but to keep up, leaders will have to stretch themselves and work smarter.
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Camps Business Manager
Poulsbo, Washington
CRISTA Ministries
The Business Manager will analyze the financial and business operations of CRISTA’s Camping ministry. The Business Manager will develop and prepare financial plans, budgets, forecasts and the Camps Dashboard while working closely with the VP of Camps.

Director of Resource Ministry
Raleigh, North Carolina
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
The Director of Resource Ministry manages all the operational support functions of GSLC including the paid and volunteer staffs that work within those functions. This position is instrumental in leading and facilitating the transformation and modernization of all operational processes…

Music and Arts Administrator
Atlanta, Georgia
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
Work with other full-time and part-time administrative staff for overall office work-flow and attend support staff meetings. Compile, edit, and manage printing of weekly worship bulletins for two main sanctuary services as well as Chapel Communion service…
 



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