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A new brand is born — Now what?
Mark MacDonald
The National Association of Church Administration is now The Church Network. Whistles, confetti, fireworks and such. A new brand has been born! I'm honored and humbled to be involved. But now what? It's a weird thing when you think about it. How many of us halfway through life decide to change our name and be known for something different? Not many. But that's what a rebranding does. Many of your churches aren't going to the extreme of changing your name, but many are considering changing their logo and tagline. Then what? What do you do after you launch your new brand?
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ASSOCIATION NEWS
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TeleWeb: Funny money — internal control for non-traditional income
The Church Network
Has a ministry team member ever brought you a group of checks that have been sitting in their desk for a while? Do you see funds being collected by groups in your church and realize that you didn’t know that was taking place? Have you had a church member unhappy because they wrote a check to the church that wasn’t included on their giving statement, but you discover that they didn’t give it to the office and it was for participating in a softball league?

Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST Aug. 7 for a one-hour TeleWeb, presented by Vonna Laue, who will discuss different streams of revenue in the church besides tithes and offerings, questions to ask to find where funds might be collected, and many more!

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BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
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Responding to disaster through missional communities
The Exchange
Matt Carter joined Ed Stetzer to talk about church culture, small groups and missional communities on this episode of The Exchange. In this clip, they talk about how Matt's church has responded in disaster, and how other churches can do the same.
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5 best practices for "other ministry income"
Christianity Today
In his free e-book, "The Minister's Salary," Thom Rainer addresses the issue of "other ministry income" — income ministers receive from services offered at weddings, funerals, revivals, speaking engagements, etc. While some minister's argue that such income is gift income and tax exempt, Rainer stresses that the IRS is clear: "This income is earned in the course of your work and is thus subject to taxation." He then goes on to offer the following best practices, which are based on conversations he's had with dozens of ministers.
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How to turn audience emotion into action
The Chronical of Philanthropy
Paul VanDeCarr is the managing director of Working Narratives which finds, trains and places mentors with young people who are having trouble in school or life. The challenge they face is how to have those stories not just touch people's hearts, but make them volunteer or donate. To improve your success rate, you have to tell good stories that make your audiences feel like they're a part of what you're doing, and that make it easy for them to take action. Here's how.
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Pastors in poverty
The Christian Century
Most of us have seen this coming for a decade, but it's still startling to read the headlines in the Atlantic's "The Vanishing of Middle Class Clergy." None of this is news. We know pastors who feed their children with food stamps. When disastrous things happen, clergy have learned to give one another money because sometimes they're the only ones in the church (or the neighborhood) who can't go to the church with a financial problem. But we also know poverty wages, discrimination and disparity does not have to be our future. So, why are our pastors in poverty and what can we do about it?
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Big Google Local update — how will it affect you?
Christian Web Trends
In their ongoing efforts to improve search rankings, Google has once again done an update of their algorithm. This time it was in regards to local search and affected both the Google Maps results as well as searches for local-related keywords in their universal results (a normal Google.com search). So, what do we know so far and how will it affect you?
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A growing movement to spread faith, love — and clean laundry
NPR
It's 7 p.m. on a weeknight at a strip mall in Huntington Beach, California, and people have been lined up for hours outside a laundromat here. They've been waiting for a chance to do their wash for free. As they file in, volunteers direct them to the machines and help them to supplies. This is "Laundry Love" at work — a ministry that raises money to pay for detergent, dryer sheets and quarters for machines.
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Hit by lightning, church reinvented itself
Philly.com
Trinity Memorial Church was failing in the summer of 1994, and the few dozen remaining congregants knew it. They talked about selling off the oak pews, or even the chocolate-brown Victorian building itself, but the conversation kept going in circles. The members of the little Episcopal church just couldn't agree what to do. Then, in the midst of their collective soul-searching, the historic church and its congregation were saved, oddly enough, by a bolt of lightning.
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'On Being' host Krista Tippett on the spiritual life of a religion reporter
The Washington Post
In the small pool of journalists who cover religion, Krista Tippett is The Big Fish. Her show "On Being" is on 334 radio stations, and her podcast is downloaded 1.5 million times a month. In announcing the award recently, the White House said Tippett was getting it for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence."
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The skills leaders need at every level
Harvard Business Review
Are some skills less important for leaders at certain levels of the organization? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level? HBR compiled a dataset in which they asked 332,860 bosses, peers and subordinates what skills have the greatest impact on a leader's success in the position the respondents currently hold. Each respondent selected the top four competencies out of a list of 16 that that was provided.

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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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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. 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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Church turns land into disc haven
Austin American-Statesman
About seven years ago, congregation members at Austin Ridge Bible Church were looking to-repurpose the expansive back lot behind the church. The problem was the terrain – including a nearly 200-foot change in elevation – didn't lend itself to traditional developments. "We thought it would be awesome to use the back lot of our property," Josh Thornton, the church's director of facilities said. "An original thought was some hike and bike trails, then when looking further at it was perfect for a disc golf course."
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Leadership — it's not only for administrators
Faith & Leadership
The former president of Fuller Seminary says he wasn't "going into leadership" when he first became an administrator. With a friend's help, he realized he'd been leading for years as a teacher and scholar.
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Does your church embrace the vision? 2 ways to know
Outreach Magazine
There's a crucial question every ministry leader must answer when it comes to their vision. When do you know the vision has become ingrained in the culture of your church and not just in your own dreams? It's not enough to have a vision, even a compelling one. It's not enough to be able to communicate your vision well. And it definitely isn't enough to be passionate about your vision. What you really want is for the vision to stick. To infiltrate and permeate every area of your church. To be so ingrained in your culture that people speak the vision and do the vision without even thinking about it. But how do you know when that has happened?
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The skills leaders need at every level
Harvard Business Review
Are some skills less important for leaders at certain levels of the organization? Or is there a set of skills fundamental to every level? HBR compiled a dataset in which they asked 332,860 bosses, peers and subordinates what skills have the greatest impact on a leader's success in the position the respondents currently hold. Each respondent selected the top four competencies out of a list of 16 that was provided. HBR then compared the results for managers at different levels. As you might expect, the skills people reported needing depended not only on their level in the organization but also on the job they held and their particular circumstances.
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Business Administrator
Houston, Texas
The MET (Metropolitan Baptist Church)
Reporting directly to the Executive Pastor, the Business Administrator is responsible for the Administrative functions of the MET, including Finance, Human Resources and Operations. This position resides in a fast-paced...

Associate Pastor of Discipleship
Carmel, California
Carmel Presbyterian Church
The Pastor of Discipleship’s duties shall include but not be limited to developing, coordinating and providing support, resources and training for small groups and small group leaders. This will include several different types...

Director of Children's Music
Plano, Texas
Prestonwood Baptist Church
Coordinate the work and programming for Prestonwood Children’s Music. Direct children's choirs. Compose correspondence to choir members, choir directors, choir workers, and Church staff related Children’s Music...
 



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