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Is your church technologically relevant?
By Deborah Wipf
The members of your congregation expect you to have technology that's current and relevant. This means you need to have a well-developed and maintained website, be active on social media channels, etc. You also need solid technical systems running in the background, such as an internal network or cloud account to store and share files, a church management system, etc. Consider these tips to protect your church's data and stay technologically current.
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The happy debrief
Church Executive
"So, how did the project / event go?" When we ask for feedback, what we really want to hear is all the good stuff. Then, all that’s left to do is capture the minutes and put it away until next year. The reality is, there's always room for improvement. Always. I've been in enough debriefs to hear the good, the bad and the ugly. There must be a balance. If you don’t talk about the things that could be improved, they’ll never improve. We put in all this hard work, and then someone says something negative. Ouch! We seem to take everything personally. Is it really negative, or is that how we perceive it?
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IRS agrees to monitor churches for electioneering
Religion News Service
The Internal Revenue Service said it will monitor churches and other houses of worship for electioneering in a settlement reached with an atheist group. The settlement was reached Friday (July 18) in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin, where the initial lawsuit was filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist advocacy group that claims 20,000 members nationwide.
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When is it time for a pastor to leave a church? 7 scenarios
Christian Post
Many pastors have shared that in the aftermath of their departures, they realized they had made a mistake. They left too soon. Many times the departure takes place between years two to four of a pastor's tenure. That is the typical period when the "honeymoon" is over and some level of conflict, even crises, have begun. In an informal survey, over 30 pastors were asked why they left their previous church. Here are the top seven responses in order of frequency, and they are not always mutually exclusive.
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5 ways churches fail at social media and how to do it well
Ministry Best Practices
Doing social media isn't necessarily hard, per se, but it can be difficult to do it correctly. Too often, ministries, organizations and even businesses on their social media, are met with five consistent issues that short-circuit and undermine their effort and good intentions.
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Is your facility safe?
Christianity Today
The U.S. government's Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) sets the standards for employee safety. The act's provisions are broad enough to cover almost any employer, including churches in certain circumstances. OSHA applies to any business that affects interstate commerce. When do church activities qualify as a business that affects interstate commerce? Purely religious activities never do. For example, if your organist falls on the steps leading to your chancel, you will not have to worry about an OSHA citation.
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Adjusting to a new normal
Faith & Leadership
A pastoral leader recently observed that her congregation is recalibrating its understandings of active and committed participation in church life. In her setting, "frequent church attendance" is now about two times per month for members, three times per month for leaders. She said that their former expectations for congregational participation at the peak of summer vacation season are now their expectations year-round. While the poll data seem a bit conflicted about how pervasive this pattern is within American church culture and there are certainly regional variations, it is safe to say that her congregation is not the only one to experience this change.
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Higher calling, lower wages: The vanishing of the middle-class clergy
The Atlantic
For someone seeking a full-time job as a church pastor, Justin Barringer would seem to have the perfect résumé. He's a seminary grad, an author and book editor, and a former missionary to China and Greece. But despite applying to nearly a hundred jobs over the course of two years, Barringer, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, could not secure a full-time, salaried church position.
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Which church you attend can affect your success on the job
Christian Headlines
Researchers in a Baylor University study asked a random sample of full-time employees if they attended a place of worship and whether their congregation emphasized integrating their faith into the workplace through "sacrificial love" to their co-workers and sensing God's presence at work. What seemed to make the difference, researchers found, was frequent attendance at a church that stressed a merge of faith and work.
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How Christianity shapes Louisville, Kentucky's coffee culture
WFPL
Louisville, Kentucky's coffee scene has an undeniable undercurrent of Christianity that isn’t the case nationally. It may not have converted anyone, but nearly every serious coffee drinker in Louisville has been affected in some way by the actions of Christians behind the counter. Many of the early purveyors of pourover brewing, latte art and various techniques of the so-called Third Wave of coffee have been either devout Christians or employed by devout Christians. And the attraction to coffee isn’t driven by scripture. Rather, it’s scripture that inspires the quality of the drinks.
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Higher calling, lower wages: The vanishing of the middle-class clergy
The Atlantic
For someone seeking a full-time job as a church pastor, Justin Barringer would seem to have the perfect résumé. He's a seminary grad, an author and book editor, and a former missionary to China and Greece. But despite applying to nearly a hundred jobs over the course of two years, Barringer, who lives in Lexington, Kentucky, could not secure a full-time, salaried church position.

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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.

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Is social media working for your church?
By Mark MacDonald
There are many who are blessed to stand in a crowd, but they have little worthwhile to say. And there are those with important messages to say, but they don't find themselves in a crowd that they can influence. Both situations are a shame. We're blessed to live in a time where we can attract or grow an online social media community. Sadly, some churches don't have the right content to engage them. Other churches have a difficult time getting a following.

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Why do congregations matter?
Faith & Leadership
The denominational pyramid has inverted. Now the congregation is the focus of most denominations’ attention to the point that the congregation is often seen as the denomination’s client. Congregations struggle for relevance as institutions in their local communities. Local governments, health care providers and social service agencies have an instrumental view of congregations. If these agencies look to congregations at all, it is to supply things like meals at Thanksgiving or toys for Christmas. Few congregations have a vision to influence policy.
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Tuning in: Improving your listening skills
The Wall Street Journal
Researchers believe listening skills have since fallen amid more multitasking and interruptions. Most people can think more than twice as fast as the average person talks, allowing the mind to wander. The failure to listen well not only prolongs meetings and discussions but also can hurt relationships and damage careers. However, it is possible to improve your listening skills — first, by becoming aware of the ways you may tune others out.
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The ministry of orthography
Christianity Today
We hear it said often, "There's no "I" in team." Yes, that's a fact, but unfortunately some clichés are said so much they lose their power. We know team means working together effectively for the common good, a joint project with shared vision and goals. But the question is; do you really care about working together for a team goal — especially in ministry? Do you really have the team on your mind? Are you really excited about what your team is about to accomplish?
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The First Congregational Church of Greenwich
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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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