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Religious giving and new metrics
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Local religious communities are a vital part of any study of Americans' philanthropic giving. While religious giving has continued to shrink as a percentage of philanthropy, it is still by far the largest segment of overall giving (31 percent according to Giving USA 2014). Local congregations’ ability to receive weekly and monthly tithes and offerings from committed members remains the envy of the fundraising community. Yet, membership does not mean what it once did.
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Upcoming TeleWeb: How to work for an idiot
The Church Network
Join us for this one hour webinar that will take place on Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT.

This webinar, led by Bob Winstead, will show how to recognize idiocy in the church workplace, how to identify what contributes to idiot behavior, and when to admit our own idiot behaviors and how to minimize them. Winstead will address the causes and consequences of idiot behavior from the perspective that only you can change yourself, that you must stop feeling sorry for yourself, and you must be the bigger person in dealing with others.

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Welcome to The Church Network!
The Church Network
Look closely at the masthead of this email and you will see that this email comes to you from The Church Network, powered by NACBA. In July during the launch event for the NACBA national conference being held in Orlando, NACBA announced a re-brand. NACBA will now be doing business as The Church Network. We will be providing more information about this significant change in the weeks ahead. Please visit us at www.TheChurchNetwork.com.
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The 7-year itch
Faith & Leadership
Healthy congregations and organizations are concerned about the tenure of their employees. Longer tenures are much better than short tenures. Yet some kind of fresh air has to blow in to encourage life. In large organizations, individuals can change departments and be considered for promotion. In smaller organizations, change has to come through adjustments to the job responsibilities.
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The 3 best times to introduce change in your church
Church Law and Tax
It's not always easy to fix long-term problems and implement needed changes in a church — especially when old, dysfunctional ways have taken root. Sometimes we make our job harder than it needs to be, not by doing the wrong things, but by doing the right things at the wrong time. Here are three simple principles that can help churches figure out when it's the right time to bring change.
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4 difficult work personalities — and how to deal with them
By Caitlin Harrison
It goes without saying that if you don't like someone you have to work with, it's going to make your job harder — and possibly even slow productivity. Of course, it's important to remember that a perfect workplace doesn't exist, so naturally, the people won't be perfect either. With that in mind, here's a rundown of a few difficult personality types I've seen in the workplace over the years, along with a few tips on how best to deal with them.
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Why financial planning needs more religion
TIME
In a fast-paced, credit-loving society, it is easy to let money guide our decisions. We make risky investments in hopes of large payoffs with money we can't afford to lose. We take jobs that pay well but require such dedication of time that we begin to lose touch with the people we love. We constantly seek "more" without taking the time to be grateful for what we have. But when values take the lead in our decision-making, our behavior finally changes for good.
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Chicago church gives all members $500, says do something good with it
Christian Headlines
LaSalle Street Church of Chicago has given each of its 320 members a check for $500, telling the members to use the money however they feel led. The church is calling the money "Loaves and Fishes" checks and has told the church members to use the money in way that glorifies God's kingdom. Members were instructed to pray about it, and then spend it when they felt the call to do so.
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Megachurch Pastor Rick Cole pledges to live on the street until $100,000 is raised for homeless
Christian Headlines
Megachurch pastor Rick Cole has pledged that he will live on the streets of Sacramento, California for two weeks or until he can raise $100,000 for homeless people in the area. Cole plans to fund a program called Winter Sanctuary which houses the homeless in churches during winter months and provides meals. Cole is the pastor of the 4,000-member Capital Christian Center; he also serves as chairman for the nonprofit Sacramento Steps Forward, the group which organized Winter Sanctuary.
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How serious is the Supreme Court about religious freedom?
The Atlantic
Religious freedom in the United States has ebbed and flowed between two competing concepts: The principled view that religion is a matter of individual conscience that cannot be invaded by the government, and the practical concern once expressed by Justice Antonin Scalia that accommodating all religious practices in our diverse society would be "courting anarchy."
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New pastor brings fresh vision, new flock to Dallas' St. Paul UMC
The Dallas Morning News
One of the oldest African-American congregations in Dallas is still breaking new ground. This time, the 141-year-old St. Paul United Methodist Church is turning doubters within its own denomination into born-again believers in its future. St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, who brought along most of the 300-plus members of the church he founded several years ago. The unusual merger is aimed at reinvigorating St. Paul.
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The 3 best times to introduce change in your church
Church Law and Tax
It's not always easy to fix long-term problems and implement needed changes in a church — especially when old, dysfunctional ways have taken root. Sometimes we make our job harder than it needs to be, not by doing the wrong things, but by doing the right things at the wrong time.

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Podcast: Richard Hammar on churches, taxes, donations and liability
Research on Religion
Houses of worship are legal organizations and, as such, are subject to a wide variety of laws and regulations regarding taxation, charitable contributions and liability issues. Alas, most congregants, and even a significant number of clergy, don't pay much attention to the legalities of running such an organization.

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4 ways to market your digital giving campaigns
Church Tech Today
When it comes to digital giving, far too many churches and nonprofits take the "If we build it, they will come" approach. Don't let this be you! Getting the right platform in place is just the first piece of the puzzle. A successful digital giving program is an ongoing process, but don't worry, it's not nearly as arduous as it can sometimes seem.

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Leaders must live with uncertainty
Faith & Leadership
Leading today isn't just about technical prowess. Leaders must develop a mindset that allows them to perceive what’s going on in their environment, to understand the system as a whole and to build the relationships that will allow them to execute technical solutions.
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How philosophy makes you a better leader
Harvard Business Review
The goal of most executive coaching and leadership development is behavior change — help the individual identify and change the behaviors that are getting in the way of, and reinforce the behaviors associated with, effective leadership. But what about the beliefs and values that drive behavior? The benefits of introspection and reflection on one’s own character and beliefs receive less attention in a typical coaching session than the benefits of behavior change.
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Leadership, community, and the current crisis at General Seminary
Episcopal Café
Recently, the news broke that most of the faculty at the General Theological Seminary in New York City have decided to refrain from teaching classes, attending official seminary meetings, and attend Chapel services until they are able to sit down and have a conversation with the Board of Trustees. The conflict has nothing to do with pay, hours, job description, benefits, or perks. There is none of the traditional pocket-book labor issues at stake. The real issues have to do with the leadership style of the dean and his tendency to "Lone Ranger" decisions — even correct ones, but also dubious ones — without debate, discussion or buy-in.
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17 things great leaders always say to their employees
Inc.
When was the last time you heard your boss say something that stuck in your brain? Maybe it was an encouraging comment, an inspiring story, or a vote of confidence. Guess what? The words that leader used and the encouragement you received is a big part of what made the boss good at his or her job. You can do the same. Here's how.
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