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4 planning tips for a successful holiday season
By Deborah Wipf
It's already starting — Halloween costumes are fighting for shelf space with Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. The holiday season will be here soon, and with it comes additional opportunities for your church to serve the community. All of these outreaches and services are, of course, in addition to your regular schedule. Coordinating these holiday activities requires special planning and consideration, so now is a great time to start preparing for the holiday season.
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TeleWeb: In Google we trust
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For the church admin person, this Oct. 3 session will not only give insight into connecting with one of the most unreached groups for many churches — millenials — but it will also help them better connect with those younger members on their church staff or ministry teams. This is a great webinar for groups of staff to tune into, not just the admin types.
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Eliminating charitable deduction not just 'dollars-and-cents story'
Associations Now
A new study by the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group, does not present the whole picture of the effects of eliminating the income tax deduction for charitable giving, according to the Charitable Giving Coalition. Despite the potential economic impact of eliminating the deduction, the more compelling side of the story is how the host of services the charitable sector provides would be affected.
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5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
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The big boom in online giving
Church Leaders
While the number of churches that are offering online giving is rising, the last definitive study on churches offering online giving found that only 14 percent of churches offered this tool. That study is now two years old, and my guess is that the percentage will be much larger. However, I would say that the church is still a long ways from seeing a boom in online giving. There are a multitude of reasons why. Why are most churches missing out on the online giving boom?
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The shocking un-truth about church budgets
Associated Baptist Press
This is, hands down, the least favorite time of year for pastors everywhere: church budget planning season. Nobody likes budget planning, from the tedious work it entails to the way in which money necessarily informs the work of the church, but it's just one of those things we have to do.
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Church building projects: Construction delivery methods
By Robert C. Foreman
Churches planning to build should thoroughly investigate the different construction delivery methods available and determine which one will work best for their situation. The delivery method establishes the contract relationship between the three members of the building team — the steering committee, the architect and the contractor.
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The secrets of a giving church
Christianity Today
By member size, the Christian Reformed Church in North America is no powerhouse. Its membership of 251,727 is 16 million fewer than the Southern Baptist Convention, and it's about a tenth the size of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. But the CRC is no second-string player when it comes to members' giving. A new report found that CRC members gave 6.1 percent of their incomes to the church.
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LEEDership on the rise?
Worship Facilities
One of the biggest trends in church construction and renovation is also a win for the environment, as the popularity of worship facilities becoming LEED-certified is growing among architects and building owners. LEED designation is given by the U.S. Green Building Council based in Washington, D.C., for those buildings that focus on sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, green materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
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Meet growing demands with web apps
Church Executive
Getting your church online is the first step to increasing its overall visibility and reputation — the first of many. Research shows 74 percent of Americans assume a company is successful if its website is feature-rich. Although your church isn't a company, one overall Web presence goal is the same: to communicate positive, up-to-date information to the "target audience." To achieve this objective, consider incorporating these top five web apps.
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Church building projects: Construction delivery methods
By Robert C. Foreman
Churches planning to build should thoroughly investigate the different construction delivery methods available and determine which one will work best for their situation. The delivery method establishes the contract relationship between the three members of the building team.

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Churches need a French Fry Burger
By Mark MacDonald
Burger King recently announced its "brand-new" burger — the French Fry Burger. They simply take a regular burger and add a handful of fries before adding the top bun. Unlike the fast-food industry, the church is in decline. We must do something different, and we can learn three things from this new burger.

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Does your church need millennials?
Associated Baptist Press
Buying Macs for the church office and creating a clever hashtag to use about your church on social media sites will show young people that you're trying, which is good. However, your church must be ready and willing to be transformed and forever changed by the passions of 20- and 30-somethings if you intentionally invite them in.

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New research shows disconnect between US Bible beliefs and engagement
Church Leaders
According to the American Bible Society's annual "State of the Bible" study, most Americans believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life (66 percent). However, most also say they don't have time to read it, and a large percentage say they don't want wisdom or advice from the Scriptures.
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5 things the best managers do and don't do
Forbes
Excellent managers come in all shapes and sizes. They can be loud or quiet, extroverted or introverted, Type A or calm. Their management style can be as unique as personalities. But while elements of personal style may vary, there are absolutes one can point to about management substance. Accordingly, here are five things the best managers do — and don't do.
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4 areas where senior leaders should focus their attention
Harvard Business Review
Dealing with whatever comes across your desk leaves the control in other people's hands. CEOs and other senior leaders can't afford to be that passive. Every single thing you do as a leader needs to have an impact. Your job is to think big. If the topic is outside the rubric of these four things, then it should be dealt with at a more junior level of the organization.
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