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Why 20 percent do 80 percent — and how to fix it
By Mark MacDonald
I was having breakfast recently with a good friend. He's an active participant in ministry, and we were lamenting the Pareto principle. For those unfamiliar, it's that "law of the vital few" where 20 percent of a congregation seem to do 80 percent of the work. I hear it so much in ministry meetings that it hardly registers anymore. But as my friend and I were talking, I realized that the church now uses the 80-20 rule as a crutch. It's an excuse for why churches can't do more, or do ministry better.
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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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3 questions to ask about your church's financial management
Church Law & Tax
Do your compensation, reimbursements and restricted giving practices need a check-up? Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an editorial advisor for Christianity Today's Church Law & Tax Group, sat down to talk about trends he's seeing in churches, and which financial errors he sees most often. See what your church can learn from a man whose organization has accredited nearly 1,900 Christian churches and nonprofits in their governance, financial management, and stewardship/fundraising practices.
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How to create a job description for volunteers
ChurchLeaders.com
"I don't feel like I'm needed anymore." Didn't this volunteer see that he was needed? He was feeling useless. And the reason he felt useless is because there wasn't clarity around what needed to be done. Volunteers will leave your ministry if there is no clarity with their role. The solution is quite simple. You need to create a job description for each of your volunteers.
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Top 10 findings about church communications
TonyMorganLive.com
The Unstuck Group recently released its latest research report: Say What?! Key Research on Church Communications. Almost 200 churches were asked about the ways in which they communicate. Here are the 10 most interesting findings from that research.
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What is holding your church back?
JoshuaReich.org
Nelson Searcy once said, "Your church is not realizing as much of its potential as it could." This can be off putting depending on your view of the church and your view of leadership. If pastors and church members are honest, most churches are not realizing their potential. They are not doing all that God is calling them to, they are not as healthy as they could be and they are not seeing the growth in people that they could. Often, it isn't intentional, they are just allowing church to happen to them.
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37 ideas for motivating your employees
YEC
A good job is hard to find, but every entrepreneur knows a good employee is even harder to keep. As an entrepreneur, one must ensure his or her company is staffed with people who look forward to coming to work every day for more than a paycheck. Here are 37 ideas for those searching for new ways to maintain productivity while providing employees with the drive they need to perform to the best of their ability.
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Can churches grow in the summer?
Church Executive
Of course they can. In fact, churches should grow in the summer. However, they rarely do for one simple reason: Their leaders let down too much. Some churches do away with children's ministry for the summer to give their teachers a rest. Others quit small groups or put virtually nothing on the church calendar. Some preachers re-preach old sermon series, or do the series they don't think can handle the freight in fall or spring. The reasoning is simple: Offerings and attendance go down, so it's better to save our best efforts and cost for the times that people are actually around.
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7 trends in church names
Christianity Today
The call came from an eager young man starting a new church in Florida. He already had 50 people meeting in homes in Bible studies. They had secured a leased space to launch the church in just a few months. But they were having trouble coming to a consensus on the name of the church, so these seven trends were shared with him.
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South Carolina Episcopalians take flight to court
The Washington Post
About 50 conservative Episcopal churches in South Carolina are in court trying to keep their name, seal and $500 million in land and buildings after they broke away from the national denomination in a wide-ranging theological dispute. The breakaway group, the Diocese of South Carolina, said it had to leave the national church not just because of the ordination of gays, but a series of decisions it says show national Episcopalians have lost their way in the teachings of Jesus and salvation.
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It takes more than a swanky coffee shop to reach millennials
Christianity Today
Naomi Schaefer Riley's latest book, "Got Religion? How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back," reports on why young adult Muslims, Mormons, Jews, Catholics, black Protestants and evangelicals are defecting from their faith traditions. Her hope is that faith leaders will realize their common problem and learn from each other in order to solve it.
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Cultivating a denomi-network
Faith & Leadership
"Denomi-network" is Suzii Paynter's one-word introduction to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The Fellowship was born in the early 1990s, when denominations were feeling the impact of years of decline and many doubted their relevancy for the future. The Fellowship resisted calling itself a denomination, even as it established offices, sent missionaries, commissioned chaplains and joined ecumenical groups. Following her 2013 election as the CEO, Paynter coined the term "denomi-network" as a way of pointing to the importance of being a denomination while translating the work into the 21st century.
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How to create a job description for volunteers
ChurchLeaders.com
"I don't feel like I'm needed anymore." I just stood there. I was disappointed, sad, shocked and angry all at the same time. Didn't this volunteer see that I needed him? He was feeling useless. And the reason he felt useless is because there wasn't clarity around what needed to be done. Volunteers will leave your ministry if there is no clarity with their role. The solution is quite simple. You need to create a job description for each of your volunteers.

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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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2 key points to help overcome the online giving hurdle
Church Tech Today
In meetings with pastors, administrators and elder boards about the impact that online giving can have in their churches, there is one question that comes up more frequently than any other: "Why should we be paying 1 – 3 percent in processing fees for donations we could be getting for free?" This is a valid and important question, but "donations we could be getting for free" misses two key points.

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Why church leaders need to love change
Center for Church Communication
Why is it so hard to change? How many times have you tried to change a habit, a routine, even an attitude, and you come up short? In Henry Cloud's book, "Necessary Endings," he talks about the idea of pruning. Things that are good, or even great, for a season have to be cut away and changed because they are not best for the long-term. Isn't that one of the hardest ideas to buy into? Cutting away or letting go of once amazing ideas, events, or even people is one of the most difficult decisions we can ever make, but it is a necessity. It's leadership at the core.
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The story of your life, through the lens of mentoring
Faith & Leadership
In several of Leadership Education's programs, participating leaders are asked to think back across their lives and chart their personal and vocational trajectory through the lens of critical junctures, decisions and moments (also called "inflection points"). This experience has always resulted someone in the room having a surprising and profound discovery about the journey into and in leadership. Those "ah-ha" moments make the exercise worthwhile.
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Making hard decisions: When leaders should say yes and no
By Scott Steinberg
In its basic essence, religion is a philosophy that will make the meaning of life and nature around us simple. In reality, it has often been the basis of much strife all over the world. With the shrinking global culture and amalgamation of varied religions under one roof, it has become imperative that we make efforts to learn the truth behind our differences. The place and importance of religion in school has been debated for years, but perhaps has never seen so much drama as in recent times. For a diverse nation like the United States, it is inevitable that there will be a lot of debate over religious sentiments — particularly in areas of the country that offer heavy intermingling.
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What to do when your leadership's been rattled
Churchleaders.com
Ever been rattled as a leader? Sure you have. It's happened each time a project failed miserably. It's happened each time you received a stinging criticism. No leader is immune to having their confidence shaken. And when it happens, depending how hard you’ve been rattled, it can cause you to begin second-guessing your leadership. Decisions can become more difficult. You begin to feel unsure of yourself. How do you get your leadership confidence back?
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Executive Director of Administration
Coppell, Texas
First United Methodist Church Coppell
The Executive Director of Administration at FUMC of Coppell is responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all administrative functions of the church, relieving the church pastors administrative tasks so they may focus on the spiritual/pastoral needs of the church community.

Groups Director
Nashville, Tennessee
Christ Church Nashville
Christ Church Nashville seeks to hire an energetic and innovative Groups Director to develop and implement a discipleship strategy for a comprehensive and vibrant community of diverse groups on and off campus, inclusive of virtual campuses. Additionally, the Groups Director provides strategic and directional management over staff leaders in the church’s children’s, youth and adult education ministries.

Lead Pastor of Business Operations
Franklin, Tennessee
Rolling Hills Community Church
The Lead Pastor of Business Operations will serve on the Senior Leadership Team, providing leadership and direction to all business/operation strategies of RHCC. The position will oversee all analysis, planning and forecasting activities relating to the ministries and operations of the church, including Justice & Mercy International.
 



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