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Churches beware: Liability insurance a must
United Methodist News Service
While a contractor can tell with some certainty the cost per square foot to rebuild a burned church building, a defense attorney cannot tell you with certainty what to expect in a serious liability lawsuit. The worry of fire or natural disaster that destroys the property is easy for church stewards to recognize, but the concerns of potential liability actions charging physical or mental damage are not always as obvious until the unanticipated occurs. General liability insurance is necessary for any business, with or without a storefront. That is true for churches as well.
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1 guaranteed way to reach farther
By Mark MacDonald
From my choir days, I've learned that if you want the sound to carry farther, you have to sing in unison. The harmonies — though sounding rich, lush and deep — ultimately don't combine to create the loudness of having the entire group unified. Do you have a church message that needs to get out strongly? Reach farther? Then you have to say it in unison.
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7 ways to be a more effective team leader
By Liz Murphy
What makes a team successful? If we're talking about the bottom line, a successful team meets and/or exceeds key performance metrics that further short- and long-term organizational goals. But getting your team to perform on paper has less to do with numbers than you might think, and more to do with being an emotionally intelligent and intuitive leader.

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The top church facility upgrades
By Robert C. Foreman
Smart church leaders understand that buildings are tools for ministry. This knowledge has spurred some churches to complete much needed renovations, in spite of a difficult economy. Even as new construction was forestalled during the recession, churches that desired continued growth went ahead with critical facility improvements.

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Can't keep up? 4 ways to improve your church communications
By Deborah Wipf
When you're heads-down and working hard to get everything done, communication tends to get overlooked. Thankfully, while it does take some planning, effective communication doesn't have to be so elusive and complicated. Here are four tips to improve your church's communication efforts.

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Cash flow concerns at your church?
Church Executive
When processing a loan request or conducting a review of an existing loan, banks evaluate an organization's ability to service debt from normal operating activities. Unfortunately for some churches, this isn't a point of focus — but it should be. Each bank might differ in its formula, but the bottom line remains the same: Is there sufficient operating cash flow available to service debt?
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Religious charities ask Congress to save charitable deduction in tax overhaul
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Members of a newly formed coalition of religious charities recently visited Capitol Hill to persuade members of the Senate to back the charitable deduction as they draft recommendations for a massive federal tax overhaul that must be submitted by July 26.
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Why your website needs to work across multiple devices
By Mayur Kisani
The majority of today's users consume media on multiple screens — smartphones, tablets and TV. From checking email to surfing to tweeting about a TV show or finding out about a product, your customers are mobile and spend a considerable amount of time on these screens, away from the desktop computer. Building a website that showcases your business and products across multiple devices is the new norm. Your customers deserve a great online experience with your company, no matter what device they use.
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Study: 75 percent of young donors turned off by outdated websites
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Organizations that want to persuade people in their 20s and early 30s to give and volunteer don't have much of a chance if they're not updating their websites frequently and including compelling details about their causes and the people they serve, a new survey finds.
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Why it's important for churches to understand social media
Christian Web Trends
The advent of social media has been received in different ways by Christian churches. One can easily get the idea from Sunday sermons that Facebook, Twitter and smartphones are ruining the family unit and thus destroying the world. At the same time, pastors all realize that the church should be using social media to get out the message of the gospel. Churches are getting on Twitter, making Pinterest boards, publishing blogs and casting pods to the ends of the Internet. This dualism is confusing and shows that we Christians are not exactly sure how to fit into this brave new social world.
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Should pastors use electronic Bibles?
Church Leaders
As this question has forced its way on the scene as a result of our growing technological advances, so have strong opinions on this matter. Many of these opinions are nothing more than preferences. And yet, there are still some pastoral issues that need to be considered if pastors in this technological age desire to avoid any unnecessary distractions so to be most fruitful and effective. Here is a basic template for every pastor to consider in determining the kind of means to minister God’s word to God's people.
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Churches grapple with clothing and what's appropriate as summer heats up
The Washington Post
Summer in sweltering regions forces a theological question: How does God feel about exposed shoulders in a house of worship? Or toes? Or some glimpse of thigh? In general, casual has pummeled formal everywhere in America. But places of worship — where debates on modesty are not confined to the summer months — may be the final frontier for questions about what constitutes overly risque. And those questions have recently sprung to new life.
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Less than half of weekly churchgoers think pastors contribute 'a lot' to society
Gleanings
Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans think clergy contribute "a lot" to society, according to new data from a survey on which professions Americans respect most. According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 18 percent of American adults surveyed believe clergy contribute "nothing" to the wellbeing of society, and another 36 percent believe clergy contribute "some." That's just one percent less than those who believe clergy contribute "a lot."
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Where does your guest experience actually begin?
Worship Facilities
When a guest pulls into your parking lot for your weekend worship experience, do you consider that the beginning of your guest experience process? I hope not. How you answer the question asked in the title of this post may very well be one of the most important determining factors of the success of your guest experiences. Your guest's experience with your organization begins well in advance of pulling into your parking lot and finishes long after leaving.
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7 ways to be a more effective team leader
By Liz Murphy
What makes a team successful? If we're talking about the bottom line, a successful team meets and/or exceeds key performance metrics that further short- and long-term organizational goals. But getting your team to perform on paper has less to do with numbers than you might think, and more to do with being an emotionally intelligent and intuitive leader. The external success of a team comes from within, and while it's a lot of work, it can also be very rewarding.
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How to admit when you're wrong
Entrepreneur
One key to successful innovation often goes overlooked: the ability to admit when you're wrong. As a leader, owning your mistakes is your greatest opportunity to learn and grow. Admitting fault in the right way can make your organization stronger and your employees much more comfortable with failure. It also sets an example for your employees, creating a culture where they feel free to experiment and fail. That freedom allows for greater creativity and quicker solutions when people make mistakes.
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