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How to build a team at your church
Center for Church Communication
The best picture Erin Williams has of a team is "The A Team." It's a youth ministry volunteer team at a church who spends their summers driving church vans, their Friday nights leading games and their Sunday mornings teaching Bible lessons. Every member played a different, but equally important, role in sharing God’s love with teenagers. How did it form and grow, and what does it have to do with church communication?
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Webinar invitation: Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources for Houses of Worship and Community Organizations
FEMA
This webinar is for anyone interested in learning more about resources to help faith-based and community-based organizations get prepared for emergencies and help their communities to do the same. This presentation will highlight engagement best practices at the state and local level between faith-based and community leaders and emergency managers to prepare faith and community-based organizations and the larger community.

This webinar will be held on Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. EDT/ noon PDT

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IRS may look into activities of 99 churches
Christianity Today
Details from a settled lawsuit in Wisconsin slowly continue to surface, giving a growing sense the Internal Revenue Service is ready to resume monitoring political activities of churches, although questions still remain. A letter sent in June by Mary Epps, the acting director of the IRS's Exempt Organizations Examinations, to the U.S. Department of Justice's tax division, says the IRS process for reviewing and approving investigations of churches is in place, and that "99 churches merit a high priority examination," based on referrals analyzed by the IRS Review of Operations and the Political Activities Referral Committee.
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How to protect the church board from litigation
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When something goes wrong with the management of an organization, it's typically the directors and officers who are held accountable for the (actual or alleged) mismanagement. While these individuals are typically afforded indemnification by the organizations they serve, there are instances when that indemnification is either unavailable — financial insolvency of the organization, for instance — or not allowed by law. In such cases, a Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance policy can protect their personal assets.
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3 gaps that probably exist on your church website
Tony Morgan Live
Everyone knows the value of a digital presence in today's society. Practically every church has one. But having a website and using it effectively are two very different things. When was the last time you truly evaluated the effectiveness of your church's site? The latest report, Say What?! Key Research on Church Communications, uncovers three critical gaps in most church websites.
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11 reasons your church may need a lawyer
Christianity Today
The church usually begins looking for an attorney only when it is confronted with a crisis — such as being served with a lawsuit. However, the need for an attorney's advice actually arises during the planning stages of any activity or event. Here are common situations that call for an attorney's expertise.
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How to build a respectful workplace
By D. Albert Brannen
There is honor and dignity in work. Successful employers understand this axiom and build workplaces in which their employees are respected. As a result, they experience lower employee turnover, less employment-related litigation and fewer problems caused by meddling unions. Their employees also are happier and more productive. This article outlines 10 tips for building a respectful workplace and reaping these benefits.
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Churches seen as failing to welcome people with disabilities
Christian Century
Almost a third of parents reported having changed their place of worship because their child had not been included or welcomed. More than half kept their sons or daughters from participating in a religious activity because of lack of support. The lack of inclusion is of special concern because faith communities often help develop supportive social networks in challenging situations. How can churches, mosques and synagogues include the faithful who are disabled? Researchers identified seven areas.
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Texas church becomes oasis for Central American migrants, their children
National Geographic
The program at Sacred Heart Church is run by Catholic Charities USA. Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities for the Rio Grande Valley, began routing families to Sacred Heart in June 2013, when she learned that U.S. Border Patrol officers were dropping them off at a nearby bus station. Since then, about 5,400 migrants have passed through the church on their way to all four corners of the United States.
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11 reasons your church may need a lawyer
Christianity Today
The church usually begins looking for an attorney only when it is confronted with a crisis — such as being served with a lawsuit. However, the need for an attorney's advice actually arises during the planning stages of any activity or event. Here are common situations that call for an attorney's expertise.

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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.

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A new brand is born — Now what?
By 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?

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Churches with skate parks, water parks coming to Surprise, Arizona
azcentral.com
In years to come, it probably won't be uncommon to finish your Sunday morning service and walk across the church campus to swim at the church's water park or catch some air at one of its skate parks. In the Northwest Valley, this scenario could take shape sooner than later, and church leaders say offering such amenities and popular programs are good ways to outreach to the community and grow congregations.
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A Twee Saint for the Internet
The Atlantic
In celebration of the feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola — the founder of a Catholic order of priests called the Society of Jesus and commonly known as the Jesuits — a Catholic publishing house is encouraging the people of the Internet to "find your inner Iggy" and explore Ignatius's vision of spirituality in a marketing campaign that incorporates a remarkable intersection of pop culture, digital media, and spiritual recruitment.
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3 reasons we shouldn't reject leadership culture
Christianity Today
In the 1980s, there was much talk about leadership and there was a lot of people writing on it, speaking on it, and just great prominence on it. Leadership theories and ideas were influencing the church and the church was, in many ways, being shaped by that. Then in the 1990s, this pendulum began swinging back in the other direction and people began to object to some of the consistent references to a Warren Bennis or Jim Collins book on leadership. And they began to complain of the Maxwellization of leadership. Some were saying, "We need a little less leadership and a little more biblical principles."
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It's time to recalibrate expectations for clergy
Faith & Leadership
There is a steadily increasing number of American clergy who are part-time, bivocational or unpaid. Hartford Seminary’s 2010 Faith Communities Today survey indicated that about 30 percent of American congregations are served by paid, part-time clergy (2 percent are served by unpaid clergy). This trend toward part-time, bivocational and unpaid clergy raises a whole host of questions for denominations and congregations that have based their expectations for clergy on a model of full-time, paid ministry.
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Brainstorming doesn't work; try this technique instead
Fast Company
Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn't work as well as the frequency of "team brainstorming meetings" would suggests it does. Sharing ideas in groups isn't the problem, it's the "out-loud" part that, ironically, leads to groupthink, instead of unique ideas. "As sexy as brainstorming is, with people popping like champagne with ideas, what actually happens is when one person is talking you're not thinking of your own ideas," Leigh Thompson, a management professor at the Kellogg School, told Fast Company.
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Richardson, Texas
North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Church
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Human Resources Business Partner - Manager
Plano, Texas
North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
The HR Manager for North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship Church (NDCBF) will support the administrative lead and leadership team as a strategic business partner. The HR Manager will deliver support...
 



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