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'Play or pay' health care penalty delayed
Managing Your Church
The Obama Administration announced on July 2 a one-year delay in the effective date of a major component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage or be exposed to a penalty. The provision, commonly known as the "play or pay" penalty or employer mandate, will now become effective on January 1, 2015.
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The word that business administrators shouldn't be known for
By Mark MacDonald
No one likes negative people. As a church business administrator, you have a very important role. You ensure no one wastes money, that they stay within budgets and that everyone complies to the rules. Can I say it? Here are three steps to avoid being known for "No":
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The word that business administrators shouldn't be known for
By Mark MacDonald
No one likes negative people. As a church business administrator, you have a very important role. You ensure no one wastes money, that they stay within budgets and that everyone complies to the rules. Can I say it? Here are three steps to avoid being known for "No":

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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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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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Scheduling social media posts while on vacation: Good or bad?
Christian Web Trends
One of the most hotly-debated topics among social media and communications leaders is the social media tactic of scheduling posts to Facebook and Twitter. This was evident in the latest Twitter chats for both #ChSocM and #GetRealChat. Both chats discussed the best way to manage social media and communications during holidays and vacations. And in both chats there were passionate advocates and critics of scheduling posts.
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So you're hosting an outreach event? Read this first
Outreach Magazine
There’s a great responsibility that comes with gathering people. Everything we do — and don’t do — communicates something. Here are a few things I’ve learned are important — and how they translate to an outsider:
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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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Nine ways to work on connecting with church members in the summertime
Church Central
Leadership depends on relationships. Summer may be a bit less busy for ministry tasks and meetings. Why not take that time not only to plan for the fall but also to build relationships? Here are ten things to try:
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Modern worship keyboards: Laptop/controller vs. traditional synth keyboard
The Worship Community
There are so many choices these days when addressing your keyboard needs for modern worship. Shell out say $3,000 for a synth by Nord, Yamaha, or Roland. Or, use your laptop and a controller like Axiom Pro or Studio Logic. There are a lot of questions about this topic, so here are some opinions in hopes that it will aid you in deciding your best option.
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Do you wire money internationally?
ECCU Blog
Ministry frequently occurs outside our borders, which often means that money must be moved internationally. When funding ministry internationally, ministries must comply with U.S trade regulations. It may seem strange to think that stateside ministries have to worry about regulations from a counterterrorism agency, but they do. Here are five steps to ensure that your ministry plays by the rules when sending funds internationally:
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Live stream your church services for almost nothing
Church Tech Today
Many smaller churches' budget for live streaming is pretty much nothing. Many churches really do want to live-stream their services for shut-ins or military personnel stationed abroad. So how do you live-stream with almost no money?
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3 reasons to do parking right
Church Executive
Too often, church leaders think the parking lot is irrelevant — just a place to store the means of transportation used by the congregation. They see it as just commonplace instead of a touch point and a place to impact people — thus, souls. Big mistake! As you think about your parking experience, here are three things that are foundational in making this the best 7 seconds possible:
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My computer backup plan 2013
Navigate Your Marketing
There is nothing worse in our computer integrated society than experiencing a hard drive crash or having your device stolen. It is a traumatic enough experience to have the loss of your physical device but it is down-right traumatic when you lose your files and data! Yet, sadly, so few people have a backup plan. We all ahve good intentions but many fail miserably in taking the time to create and implement a system that is safe, secure, and reliable.
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Beat the summer slump
Proclaim
Camp, vacations, Little League, and family reunions all take their toll on summertime church attendance. Since giving trends tend to mirror attendance trends, summer can be a scary time for many churches. Instead of trying to fight the summertime slump, focus on making summer church a noteworthy experience for those who do come. Here are a few ideas perfect for summertime:
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Wooly + waste (or the art of nonviolent Facebook-ing)
The ABPnews Blog
It can be quite difficult to remain internet friends with people these days — thanks mostly to the DOMA ruling, Paula Deen, and living in the Southeast around the 4th of July. It can be hard to find another captive audience comprised of your mom's salon friends, and people you haven't seen since 10th grade algebra for your late night, horrifically misspelled, and weirdly racist status updates. And, you gotta write what you know. But it's starting to get unbearable. Really.
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Are 'acceptable' excuses killing your potential?
Chuch Leaders
It’s easy to tell whether a person is giving an excuse. While determining the validity of someone else’s excuse is fairly black and white, it’s not so easy when it comes to the excuses we give ourselves. Oftentimes, we give ourselves a lot more slack with our own excuses. It’s taken years to realize that excuses I often find "acceptable" can possibly destroy influence, leadership potential and personal growth.
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Your super secret church
Church Central
You have a "Super Secret" church that you are influencing and you probably don’t know about it, but you should. In 1976, Billy Graham came to Seattle. Around 480,000 people came to the meetings, 52,000 people walked to the front and signed commitment cards, but one year later, only 1,250 of this group were in a local church and still serving Jesus. The interesting fact is 80 percent of the 1,250 people, whose faith became grounded, were connected to friend or relative. They answered questions, prayed with them and supported their new faith in Christ. Shortly after this discovery, "Operation Andrew" was launched by the Billy Graham Organization, which trained people in both inviting friends and relatives to a crusade and following up with them.
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How to reach those who think they don't need God
Outreach Magazine
According to a recent survey, the number of people in Canada who profess "no religion" is now at 24 percent, up from 16.5 percent a decade earlier. People are learning to live comfortably without God. Want to see where this might be heading? Go to Western Europe, where people have very comfortable lives and only a splinter regularly attend church. They just don’t see their need for God. Rather than being met with a wall of hostility, Christians are mostly being met with a wall of indifference and perceived irrelevance. That means a massive shift in attitude and approach for those of us in leadership in the local church.
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Time flies: Here's how to slow it down
Inc.
Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation crawled by and an afternoon could seem endless. It’s the opposite now, right? As a busy adult and business owner your days probably pass by in a whirl of activity — so much so that whole weeks or months can feel like they’re racing past, like you just put your head down for a second and now half a year has gone.
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7 insider business travel tricks
Inc.
Heading down a runway soon? Before you start packing, be sure to check out these insider travel tips. This isn't just another list of apps. This advice is designed to give you a leg up on the competition--namely, the guy in row 2B.
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