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What the decline in check writing will mean for your church
Church Executive
Americans have changed the way they do commerce. Sit at your local Starbucks or McDonald's, and you can see it. When was the last time you saw somebody writing a check? For that matter, how often do you see anyone paying with cash? More and more Americans are turning away from the traditional means of payment towards plastic and digital commerce. For the most part, the church hasn't responded to this shift.
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Church building projects: What you need to know
By Robert C. Foreman
Nothing is as important to the success of a new church building project as the people you select to help with the task. Assembling the right team of people is a critical decision, which should result in a building that meets all of your facility needs and everyone involved having an enjoyable and rewarding experience in the process. If you have the wrong people — the wrong team — you will probably be disappointed. There are three components to the building team: owner, designer and builder.
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See video interviews from NACBA conference
Church Executive
The Church Executive TV reporters interviewed the experts on top-of-mind concerns for church leaders. View these compelling interviews — straight from the 2013 National Association of Church Business Administration 57th Annual Conference, in Charlotte, N.C.
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Giving report: The influence of smartphones and mobile
Worship Facilities
Passing the plate every Sunday isn’t likely to become passé any time soon. But at the same time, churches are increasingly looking at how to open a new channel for donations via mobile devices, particularly the smartphone that their congregants are carrying these days. Growing smartphone usage in the United States is a major factor behind this. According to a June 2013 report from consumer research giant Nielsen, more than 61 percent of mobile subscribers in the U.S. owned a smartphone during the three-month period running March-May 2013.
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What's your church's plan for an active shooter?
Managing Your Church
With church shootings on the rise — last year there were 135 incidents of shootings at places of worship in the U.S. — it's more important than ever to know how to respond to the threat. Dr. Jamie Aten, psychology professor at Wheaton College and co-founder of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, gives churches a few tips on how to best prepare for, and prevent, a church shooting.
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The top reason for the decline in church attendance and 5 ways to address it
ThomRainer.com
Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Many have suggested that our nation is shifting away from its Christian roots, and thus the churches are declining as a smaller proportion of our country are believers in Christ. Certainly attendance declines are related to massive cultural shifts in our nation. But one reason for declines has a greater impact than others.
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Board members: Silence is not governance
By Bob Harris
A meeting of the board of directors should include robust discussions and lively debates. Communication and curiosity is at the heart of good governance. Directors have a fiduciary duty to fulfill their roles. Officers or directors, whether inexperienced or seasoned, have accepted the duty to advance and protect the interests of the members, mission and organization. Being silent or absent at board meetings is not acceptable.
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When copyright violations cost churches
Managing Your Church
Church leaders may not realize it, but common practices conducted in worship services and through website updates may put their churches at risk for copyright violations. Fines are assessed by the violation, including attorneys' fees, meaning a church that violates the copyrights of others could easily face some hefty bills. Many times these violations aren't intentional. But fines are levied regardless of whether a violation was intentional or not.
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Young donors react to online appeals
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Young donors want to know where their money is going and what their gifts will accomplish. Those are two of the key lessons from young donors interviewed in videos produced by Achieve, a fundraising consulting firm that in July released its annual Millennial Impact Report.
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5 reasons why you should encourage event participants to self-donate
Artez Interactive
It's not uncommon for fundraising event participants to start a campaign by donating to their own online fundraising page. Many events and challenges include a call to action like: "Donate to the cause" during the registration process. What may surprise you is that this small action can have a pretty significant effect.
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The right side is the wrong side
By Mark MacDonald
We've all become so used to well-designed, professional websites as we peruse the Internet. We subconsciously know what "feels" right on a website and what we don't like. Your organization's website will not be your audience's favorite website. You won't change paradigm with it — no matter how much you try. An interesting component of Web paradigm is where most ads are placed on a page — on the right side. Most people avoid the right side of a website. The right side is now the wrong side.
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A simple move that will make you a better leader
Inc.
A lot of people say they have an "open door" policy, but you can't just say that and expect people to walk in. You have to really invite people in, says Bobby Harris, CEO of BlueGrace Logistics. He suggests a temporary desk swap.

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3 ways introverted church leaders can thrive in an extroverted world
By Deborah Wipf
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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Partisan fighting spells trouble for insurance
Religion News Service
An effort to tweak the 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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Should pastors rebuke parishioners from the pulpit?
Christianity Today
An Oklahoma pastor spent five minutes of Sunday worship calling out parishioners by name for their flaws — including sleeping. A recording of the incident has been watched almost 600,000 times on YouTube. Should pastors rebuke parishioners from the pulpit? Here are some Christian leaders' responses, on a scale starting with "yes" and ending with "no."
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A simple move that will make you a better leader
Inc.
A lot of people say they have an "open door" policy, but you can't just say that and expect people to walk in. You have to really invite people in, says Bobby Harris, CEO of BlueGrace Logistics. He suggests a temporary desk swap. You can get a radically different perspective on your employees and your business with this easy strategy.
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4 signs you may be a narcissistic leader
Church Central
Narcissism, unlike egotism, is a very difficult kind of pathology to identify until you experience it for a prolonged period. Even then, it may take some time to realize that you have been the victim of it. Leaders who don't recognize it in themselves put their co-workers at risk for burnout or worse.
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