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5 things church volunteers need to hear you say
By Deborah Wipf
Volunteers who are dedicated, trustworthy and willing to work hard are incredible assets to any church. If your current volunteer program is struggling, you might be surprised at how many people would be willing to serve if they were offered the chance. Paying closer attention to how and what you communicate just might be the catalyst you need to grow your volunteer team. Here are five things volunteers need to hear you say.
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How a modern parish can succeed in these stark, complex times
National Catholic Reporter
If the American church is going to survive and thrive in the 21st century, it needs to borrow some lessons from the private sector to serve a more diversified and waning membership with fewer human and monetary resources. This will require a new view on the importance of sound business management techniques, both in managing churches and in managing people.
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5 apps for tracking receipts
Christianity Today
Even if you're the best administrator around, keeping track of office expenses can be difficult. This can be especially true if you're handling the books for a team of people who aren't as organized as you are. Well, you're in luck. Here are five user-friendly apps that can take a lot of the headaches and mistakes out of tracking receipts. And they're all free.
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The where and how of strategy
Faith & Leadership
Business theorist Roger Martin defines strategy as disciplined choices made in response to key questions. The first question is about why. What is the organization's deep aspiration? The second and third questions are where and how. In order to accomplish anything, the strategy needs to be directed to specific people in specific places.
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The digital mission field (that most churches are ignoring)
Godvertiser
YouTube is the most underrated and underutilized social network by church leaders and churches. Facebook is usually the priority, followed by Twitter or Instagram, with video hosting and sharing usually on Vimeo. If a church does have a YouTube channel, it usually is an afterthought, not receiving the best energy of the creative staff or volunteer team.
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How do we respond to slumping church attendance?
ABPnews/Herald
Americans are kidding themselves — or maybe kidding each other — about church. The Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans how often they attend church. Is it "weekly or more," "occasionally" or "seldom or never?" The answer depends upon how the question is asked.
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Lest ye be judged
ESPN
Pastor Dean, as folks around baseball know him, is the leader of Calling for Christ, a nonprofit ministry that for the past 11 years has tried to ease the anguish of major league and minor league umpires by keeping them close to God. Every Friday he runs a prayer call for major league umpires, every Saturday for minor leaguers. They're like regular church services, except the congregation dials in from locker rooms and hotels across the country.
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Cross training: Christians embrace Daniel Plan's mind-body-spirit diet
Los Angeles Times
When Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, he's got powerful company: God. The several dozen people who join him have shown up with the same hopes that anyone brings to an exercise plan: They mean to lose weight, ditch inhalers, get stronger.
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How the Tough Mudder shaped my soul
Christianity Today
Late one night a week before the Tough Mudder challenge, I noticed the worn brown spine of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress on our bookshelf. I sat down to read again about Christian setting out on his metaphorical adventure of the spiritual life along winding trails, through the Slough of Despond, with tempters and friends and pitfalls along the way. Now, after my own adventure, I think that Tough Mudder is The Pilgrim's Progress for an intensified age.
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5 apps for tracking receipts
Christianity Today
Even if you're the best administrator around, keeping track of office expenses can be difficult. This can be especially true if you're handling the books for a team of people who aren't as organized as you are. Well, you're in luck. Here are five user-friendly apps that can take a lot of the headaches and mistakes out of tracking receipts. And they're all free.

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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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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.

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Missouri church giving away AR-15 rifles to boost attendance
Mediaite
That's apparently what a church in Joplin, Missouri, had in mind for a Father's Day promotion, in which fathers were offered raffle tickets to win one of two AR-15 rifles. For every child he brought with him, he'd get another chance at taking aim with the Lord. "We thought instead of a lot of small things, we'd give away stuff the guys were interested in," Heath Mooneyham, the head pastor of the appropriately named Ignite Church told The Joplin Globe.
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Learning the lessons of failure
Faith & Leadership
The idea had much to commend it. It was strategic, savvy, innovative and forward-looking. Upon hearing it, it was the kind of idea that made you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" Yet, despite its compelling promise, despite the hard work and long hours of a passionate team, the idea had difficulty gaining traction. This is not an uncommon experience in institutional life, particularly in institutions that value the kind of risk-taking entrepreneurship that is necessary to practice traditioned innovation and achieve long-term sustainability.
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3 secrets to successful leadership
By Greg L. Alston
Good leadership is a curious thing. Lots of brilliant minds have tried to describe it, and lots of feeble minds have misunderstood it. The subject is made more difficult because people use words like charismatic, visionary and brilliant to describe some people who have been successful, while using words like autocratic, ruthless and stern to describe others with a history of success. Does personality define the leader, or is it something else? And how does someone travel from being inexperienced to becoming a good leader?
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Expectations and priorities
Center for Church Communication
Expectations matter. But setting those expectations — which ones are important and which ones are kind of silly — requires understanding the priorities. Priorities can be the nuts and bolts of setting expectations, especially when you have ministry and senior leaders to answer to, and team members looking to you for answers.
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5 leadership insights I wish I knew 25 years ago
ChurchLeaders.com
Although Pastor Charles Stone earned two seminary degrees and appreciates what he learned in seminary, he's learned many key lessons that seminary never taught him. Here are five key lessons that he wished he had learned when he began ministry.
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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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