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13 tell-tale signs of HR problems in your parish
Episcopal Café
Do you attend a parish that's large enough to have multiple employees? If so, you're lucky — many churches these days have few employees beyond an administrator and clergy, and there's no guarantee that these are full-time positions. But how effective are those employees? Do you provide a nurturing environment where employees can grow and thrive? A place where people look forward to coming to work? If you're wondering about the answers to these questions, check out these signs that your church may not be the employer you think it is, or want it to be.
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Preparing the management side of ministry for growth
By Deborah Wipf
Have you ever visited a construction site before the walls are finished and the drywall is put into place? If so, you've probably noticed the myriad wires and pipes woven into the hidden recesses of the building. These items provide ventilation, Internet connectivity, plumbing, security system monitoring and much more. We don't think about those items in the buildings in which we work and worship until they aren't functioning properly. In a similar fashion, the management side of ministry isn't often noticed unless it's not working well.
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Recognizing volunteers on Facebook
Center for Church Communication
It seems as if everyone is looking for good social media content these days. Regardless of the medium, the prevailing wisdom is to post things that are visual and/or tell a story. One church was able to accomplish this by recognizing a volunteer by name and including their picture with a short description of what they do at the church on their Facebook page every Monday. These series of posts consistently produce more interaction and sharing than any other content the church posts. Beyond the interaction, there are other strategic byproducts.
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The business of selling off old churches
Naples Daily News
Every year, about 7,000 churches in the United States close their doors, the Christian ministers' organization Pastoral Care estimates. In some cases, member' numbers have declined, and those who remain cannot support the considerable cost of maintaining the buildings. Some church structures are being acquired by growing denominations, or congregations established by new immigrant groups. But more than a few are allowed to decay, or are being razed and the land put to secular uses.
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How to really address declining attendance
Gifted for Leadership
The modern church responds to the decline in church participation in a wide variety of ways. Many churches have adopted a less traditional framework for worship by incorporating modern architecture, setting, environment and worship style. Sermon series hold captivating titles and center around highly applicable topics. Consequently, many churches are effectively reaching the generations for Christ. However, according to statistics, there is much work yet to be done.
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Church payroll and tax laws
Church Executive
Sabra Rowley, CPA, assistant vice president of Affiliate Operations at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana shares her thoughts in an interview on church legal matters ranging from church compliance with federal regulations to common tax mistakes churches can avoid.
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Eli Lilly's church claims JP Morgan Chase mismanaged millions
Gleanings
Eli Lilly, Jr., of Eli Lilly and Co. pharmaceutical company and the Lilly Endowment, was baptized, sang in the youth choir, and served as an adult at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis. Now the church has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase after the bank’s alleged mismanagement lost the church millions of dollars, reports the Indianapolis Star.
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San Diego megachurch may Pay $1 million to Share Arts Center; city officials hope deal will revitalize El Cajon economy
Christian Post
A megachurch based in San Diego is eyeing the usage of a shuttered performing arts center, which may involve paying El Cajon approximately $1 million over five years which the city hopes will help reopen the facility and revitalize the community. The Rock Church of San Diego and city officials are in negotiations over usage of the closed East County Performing Arts Center. El Cajon City Council recently gave the nod for negotiations over the usage of Arts Center, in the hopes that it will aid in supporting the city's downtown economy.
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Coming together for the kingdom
Faith & Leadership
Seven years ago, one Seattle church sacrificed itself to another for the benefit of future generations in a remarkable story of trust, generosity and grace. In the accompanying Q&A, the Rev. Eugene Cho talks about the details of the merger and how his congregation, Quest Church, incorporated the traditions and gifts of an older church.
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Is this the toughest pilgrimage in the world?
The Guardian
St. Patrick's Purgatory is the Ironman of Christian pilgrimages, a grueling three days of fasting, sleep-deprivation, hypothermia-inducing temperatures and prayer that attracts the gnarliest, toughest of pilgrims. The site, on Station Island in Lough Derg, County Donegal, Ireland, receives 15,000 visitors a year, and despite the cold, hunger, midges and tedium, people rave about it, emerging rejuvenated. Only a few devout and determined visitors brave the pilgrimage itself, but the vast majority of those who do are return visitors.
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Recognizing volunteers on Facebook
Center for Church Communication
It seems as if everyone is looking for good social media content these days. Regardless of the medium, the prevailing wisdom is to post things that are visual and/or tell a story. One church was able to accomplish this by recognizing a volunteer by name and including their picture with a short description of what they do at the church on their Facebook page every Monday.

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5 church staff relationship epic fails
Worship Evaluation
The Urban Dictionary defines "epic fail" as a complete and total failure when success should have been reasonably easy to attain. It is no wonder churches are struggling with ministry success when the church staffs that lead those churches can't get along with each other. Ironically, their relational impasses seem to occur more often as a result of something they don’t do than something they intentionally do.

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.church domain names available soon
Christianity Today
Did you know that the Internet name space is quickly expanding far beyond the commonly used domains ending with .com, .net, or .org? And that .church domain names are coming soon? The launching of .church domain names is imminent — churches and pastors need to be aware of this opportunity. Here are five reasons your church should consider registering a .church domain name.

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6 ways to lead a church when you don't get to preach
Church Leaders
As a senior pastor or primary teaching pastor, there is a 30-minute segment (or more) each and every week to cast vision, set direction and encourage missional engagement. But without the sermon spot, it becomes much more difficult to be an out-front leader. A good senior pastor will fill in some of these gaps with his leadership, but each campus location presents unique challenges that require unique leadership solutions. A senior pastor can cast a compelling organization-wide vision, but it is often up to the campus pastor to localize and conceptualize the mission and vision. So how can a campus pastor publicly lead outside of the weekly sermon?
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Both leadership and management are the foundations of success
By Betty Boyd
Just as a building needs a foundation, so too does an organization. In this fast-paced world of business, the organization's success or failure hinges upon how both leadership and management work together. The concepts of leadership and management are not new, but too frequently are interchanged. However, each has its own meaning and methodology in regards to an organization's success. So, how can an organization use leadership as a guiding force? People make all the difference.
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7 ways to keep an outward focus
Outreach Magazine
As Nehemiah was leading the revitalization process in Jerusalem, some key moments emerged where he recognized the need to clarify the vision and keep the people focused. Like in chapter four, the work of the people to rebuild the wall is being ridiculed, and Nehemiah responds: "After I made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them. Remember the great and awe-inspiring Lord, and fight for your countrymen, your sons and daughters, your wives and homes.'" (Neh. 4:14 HCSB)
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What to do with a day
Leadership Journal
When you are young and healthy, and as sportscaster Curt Gowdy used to say, "Your whole future lies before you" (and where else would it lie?), carpe diem seems to be the right approach. A day is meant to be seized — held, managed, controlled, made to yield its potential to one who will master it. Sometimes, out of confidence or arrogance or naiveté, that strategy can be applied even to ministry. But a day is coming that cannot be seized.
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