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When small churches merge with large ones
Associated Baptist Press
Some see the nation's burgeoning church merger and multisite movements resulting from larger congregations preying on smaller ones, pressuring them into relinquishing buildings and land in exchange for survival. In some circles, that's called "steeple-jacking." But it's also largely a myth about a trend that's already eclipsed the American megachurch phenomenon, said Jim Tomberlin, the author of "Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work."
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3 ways introverted church leaders can thrive in an extroverted world
By Deborah Wipf
Have you ever stood in the back of a crowded room to take a break from talking to people? Did you have an overpowering urge to turn down that party invitation to stay home and read a book? Me too! As a fellow introvert, I can reassure you that you're not weird or antisocial. Solitude and quiet enable us to recharge so we can go back out into this extroverted world with some energy left in our emotional and physical tanks. So, how can introverted church leaders cut through the noise to lead and serve our congregations?
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Using comparative ratios to improve church financial health
Managing Your Church
If you're ready to go beyond internal comparisons and start looking more broadly at your church's financial performance, comparative ratios are the next step. Ratios can be a key indicator of how well a church is functioning in comparison to its peers. Not only is the actual ratio important, but also understanding how it fits in the range of peers, and which churches are included as "peers."
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An annual report to support your stewardship campaign
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
The number one reason people give to their congregation, or any other charity, is because they believe that organization makes a difference. A colorful annual report on your congregation’s ministries and missions will help members and guests feel positive about your church.
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Partisan fighting spells trouble for church insurance under Affordable Care Act
Religion News Service
An effort to tweak President Barack Obama's healthcare reform bill to fill a gap for church health insurance plans could fail because of Republicans' insistence on repealing the law. Without a fix, United Methodist Church leaders say some of their churches could drop current coverage for employees once the Affordable Care Act takes full effect next year.
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Baby boomers best generation for giving
Worship Facilities
Blackbaud is releasing findings from its Next Generation of American Giving study that explores charitable giving trends and engagement behaviors and attitudes across four different generations — matures, boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. Baby boomers are emerging as the dominant force in charitable giving, responsible for 43 percent of all dollars donated.
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A guide to Google Analytics for small businesses
By Mayur Kisani
Google Analytics is one of the most powerful tools for tracking traffic patterns on your website. What's more appealing about it is that, like many other Google offerings, it's free. Analytics was launched in August 2006, but it was not available to users until a year later. Since then, it has come a long way. The platform is now easy-to-use and even integrates with other Google platforms like AdWords and AdSense.
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A successful website: 8 ways to get visitors to stick around
By Andrea Fischetti
When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage once they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.
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The value of an upset employee
By Mel Kleiman
While every cloud has a silver lining, it can be hard to discern when the cloud is an upset employee. When you’re dealing with employees, inevitably some will feel misunderstood, wrongly judged or have their feelings hurt — and responding appropriately to strong negative emotions can be a challenge.

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10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
By D. Albert Brannen
This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.

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Finding a sustainable financial model for Christian institutions
Faith and Leadership
Pastors and denominational executives have fretted about how ministries will be funded in the future. Increasingly, leaders feel like the financial model for Christian congregations and related institutions needs some reformation. What is needed to move from fretting to creating new models?

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8 confessions of church spies
ThomRainer.com
Have you ever thought that a guest at your church might, in fact, be a spy? Church consulting companies often use church "spies" to help evaluate how churches respond to guests. Their goal is to help a church face reality and move toward health. Numerous spies have written reports for more than a decade. Here are some of the most common findings they have.
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Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking
Religion News Service
A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches' ability to endorse candidates and issues from the pulpit without fear of losing their tax-exempt status. In a recent report sent to Sen. Charles Grassley, who has spent years investigating the finances of high-profile televangelists, the commission called the regulation of speech of religious organizations "disturbing and chilling."
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Virginia pastor's use of mobile technology a growing trend
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Pastor Quigg Lawrence remembers "looking very preacherly" a while back as he officiated a wedding in his white robe, as people like him have done for centuries. But if you had looked past the traditional garb, you would have noticed he was reading the ancient vows from the most recent model of Apple's iPad. This tech-savvy pastor is just part of a growing trend of churches using mobile technology to spread the gospel.
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Your church needs more leaders: How to actually train them
Church Leaders
Without leadership, what will the church look like? Not the church. Have no doubt about it, there are leaders in your church. They do not have titles, but they lead. They may not be on the board or a committee, but they have influence. The only issue is whether or not we train them well.
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The value of an upset employee
By Mel Kleiman
While every cloud has a silver lining, it can be hard to discern when the cloud is an upset employee. When you're dealing with employees, inevitably some will feel misunderstood, wrongly judged or have their feelings hurt — and responding appropriately to strong negative emotions can be a challenge. When employees do air their grievances, you actually owe them a debt of gratitude.
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