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4 things your church can't afford
ChurchLeaders
All of us who lead in a church understand the cost of doing ministry; the financial cost that is. We know our budgets and the limits of what we can afford or not afford. However, many pastors and leaders are allowing some intangible costs to rob them now, and the net result will be devastating if these "costs" are not cut.
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3 practical tips for documenting essential job responsibilities
By Deborah Wipf
Ahhh, summer! Time to head to the beach or nearest pool, fire up the grill and enjoy some time away from the office. But wait, what happens to your work responsibilities when you go on vacation? What if you have to take a sick day? What would happen if one of your team members quit? There's a ton of information residing within your team members that would disappear if they did. This loss could lead to reduced productivity, delayed deposits or payments, key tasks missed completely, and more. So how do we fix this issue and somehow capture that knowledge?
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The big boom in online giving
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Online gifts to America's nonprofits are growing far faster than other types of donations, according to two new studies. Donations rose 14 percent in 2012 from 2011, to $2.1 billion, in a study of 115,000 nonprofits whose giving totals were provided by the online-fundraising processors Blackbaud, Network for Good and PayPal.

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Why mobile websites waste time and money
By Mark MacDonald
The signs are everywhere. We need to stop ignoring the trend. Mobile is everywhere, and it's here to stay. We love the convenience of having information in our "back pocket." For churches, we're coming to the tipping point where more people will access your website on a mobile device than on a desktop device. Therefore, you need a mobile website. But you really don't need a mobile website. You need a responsive site.

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Mindless metrics: Sunday attendance not a useful measure
Religion News Service
The go-to number in American religion is ASA — average Sunday attendance. Or as an irreverent colleague put it, "fannies in the pews." Entire methodologies for church development have been built around this number, as if fanny count dictated how a church should behave. The problem is ASA isn't a useful measure of quantity, and it says nothing about quality.

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TeleWeb: Biggest hiring hazards
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The National Association of Church Business Administration invites you to a 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. This TeleWeb was originally set for June 6, but it has been rescheduled for July 25.
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Implementing change without creating unnecessary pain
Church Central
Churches and pastors can sometimes look and sound like a schizophrenic radio station, not exactly sure of either their message or their target. Aiming at everyone, they connect with no one. Church leadership must decide on their focus and then make the changes necessary to relentlessly pursue them. Every initiative, program, organization, or individual naturally follows a bell-shaped timeline.
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Senate's 'blank slate' approach to tax reform could greatly impact charities
Managing Your Church
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch publicly announced Friday their much-anticipated plan for next steps on comprehensive tax reform. The announcement made clear the Finance Committee's strategy to start tax reform from a "blank slate". While this approach may be one way to achieve a "simpler, more efficient and fairer tax code", it does put at risk the charitable contribution deduction, which is vital to religious and other nonprofit organizations.
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Stop doing that!: 10 signs that it's time to eliminate an all-church event
Tony Morgan Live
You may assume based on my previous writing that I'm not a big fan of events. If so, you would be right. Generally speaking, I think events are killing the church. That said, I do believe there's a place for events if they're done right. Here's a chart to help you consider what distinguishes a healthy event from an unhealthy one.
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10 things worship leaders and audio techs can do to support one another
Church Tech Today
Worship teams and audio techs exist in order to help lead our congregations to worship and love God. We all have the same goal, to provide excellence in leading worship. So why do Audio Techs and Worship Leaders frequently experience conflict, having a hard time supporting and respecting one another? Regardless of which role you hold, here are 10 ideas to help you have a great relationship with your counterpart.
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3 things churches love that kill outreach
Outreach Magazine
All churches love certain things. Some love fellowship, some worship, some prayer. Those are good loves. Some are neutral loves. Some are not. Other churches love their building, their history or their strategy. But, some things that churches love hurt their mission and hinder their call. Here are three I've observed from my work with thousands of churches.
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Most churches are small, BTW
More than Dodgeball
Unless you've been in one of my training sessions, you may not know this: 90 percent of churches in America have 300 members or less. That's membership, not Sunday worship average which would make that number significantly lower. You've heard me say many times that the average size membership in America is 76 people.
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6 secrets of turnaround churches
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All of the pastors had been in the church at least four years, and all of them had reached points of frustration. Then their churches began to reverse their decline and stagnation. None of the pastors were new at their churches. None of the churches had relocated in recent years. And none of the communities in which the churches were located had grown dramatically. So what happened at these churches?
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7 ways to make your meetings more engaging
Open Forum
One of the challenges all business owners face is how to share information and ideas efficiently among staff. Many meetings turn into hour-long lectures, not useful information exchanges. There has to be a more efficient way to get things done. Here are three steps I've discovered that will revitalize your meetings:
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Why storytelling can make the difference between successful and failed leadership
Forbes
Everyone seems to get these days that storytelling is important, because we're awash in data and information and can’t remember it all. But we do remember stories. They’re even more important than that. They are how our brains work. For example, they are why we all feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite.
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