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Religious groups feel the pinch of government shutdown
Religion News Service
As the government shutdown enters its second week, some religious groups are starting to feel the pinch, and they're also finding ways to reach out. More than 90 Catholic, evangelical and Protestant leaders have signed a statement rebuking lawmakers for the shutdown. Here's how the shutdown is impacting religious groups in ways large and small.
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5 tips to prevent burnout in ministry
By Deborah Wipf
Do you sometimes feel like you live at the church? Do you feel guilty leaving each day knowing there's still more work to be done? If so, you're not alone. I've learned the hard way that I have to be intentional about taking care of myself so I'm equipped to serve others. Based on that experience, here are five tips for preventing burnout so you can thrive in ministry.
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TeleWeb: Copyright
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Susan Godwin directs this NACBA TeleWeb, which focuses on preparing for upcoming holiday events and, specifically, how to best utilize the available church blanket licenses. This hour-long session is scheduled for Oct. 31.
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Churches: The IRS is substantially closed, but your obligations remain
Managing Your Church
Due to the lapse in federal government appropriations, substantial portions of the Internal Revenue Service are closed for business. This closure does not, however, impact any due dates or obligations required under the law. The closure does, however, severely impact the ability to contact the IRS and resolve issues.
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Church budget choices reveal ethics
Associated Baptist Press
It may not feel like it to number-crunchers huddled around a Sunday school classroom table, fine-tuning annual financial proposals for an upcoming church business meeting. But church budgets are moral statements that reflect ethical priorities — and may be key indicators of a congregation's passions.
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The power of a governance vision
By John T. Dinner
The nature of meeting agendas often mean that boards rarely have the time to consider and answer some fundamentally important questions. Most boards do not have the time to move away from pro forma agendas, and these boards would also have difficulty identifying topics outside the rather narrow boundaries of governance best practices and the like. After all, boards are primarily focused on making decisions and the discussions that lead to these decisions.
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Wealthy donors don't get giving advice they want
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Wealthy Americans are increasingly turning to financial advisers to plan their charitable giving. But when talking philanthropy, the two sides appear to be speaking different languages, a new national study finds. A survey of 300 advisers and 120 wealthy people found that financial experts do not broach philanthropic planning as quickly as their clients would like.
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It's time to talk about power
Christianity Today
This Sunday, thousands of pastors will prepare for worship. Some of them will wear distinctive clothing, but many more pastors will wear nothing that marks them out as different from their congregations. Walk into many of our churches today, especially the ones that are growing fastest and spreading their influence widest, and you could never pick the pastors out of the crowd. Except, perhaps, for one difference.
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Statistics don't tell the whole story when it comes to church attendance
Church Leaders
According to the Hartford Institute of Religion Research, more than 40 percent of people say they go to church every week, but statistics show that fewer than 20 percent actually attend. More than 4,000 churches close their doors every year. Between 2010 and 2012, half of all churches in the U.S. did not add any new members. Each year 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. But according to a new book titled "Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore," hard numbers don't tell the whole story.
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Churches take a stand on pews, replacing them with chairs
The Wall Street Journal
Pews have been part of the Western world's religious landscape for centuries, but now a growing number of churches in the U.S. and U.K. are opting for chairs, sometimes chairs equipped with kneelers. Why? Churches want to trim remodeling costs, maximize space flexibility with stackable seating, or create a more approachable atmosphere to draw in unchurched young people.
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Master plan too modern?
Worship Facilities
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Dana Point, Calif., is moving forward on a new complex that will modernize and add to the church's first building that was dedicated in 1966. The new master plan design calls for a new sanctuary, preschool, administrative offices and gym/fellowship hall along with exterior social gathering places at the existing property. While the modern design has been called "too modern" by some church members, Pastor Mattson said he believes it will help the church with its purpose.
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The right mind to negotiate
By Michael J. Berens
Much of a business leader's time is spent in negotiation. Negotiation can be exhilarating; it can also be stressful. For that reason, some leaders relish the opportunity to negotiate, while others dread it. As it turns out, how you feel about negotiating can have a significant impact on the outcome of your negotiations.

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3 questions to avert church 'shutdown'
By Mark MacDonald
It happened again. Not necessarily that the government was shut down, but that the government wasn't getting along with itself. We see it all the time — adults not getting along and threatening the absolute worst predicaments. All because people can't agree to move forward in certain ways. And sadly, it could happen to your church.

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What churches need to know about the Affordable Care Act
Associated Baptist Press
Churches now have new options for purchasing health insurance for their ministers and staff. With the Health Insurance Marketplace now open, what do church leaders, pastors and administrators need to do to comply with the Affordable Care Act?

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The right mind to negotiate
By Michael J. Berens
Much of a business leader's time is spent in negotiation. Brokering a deal, cutting costs, expanding distribution channels, selling a proposal, hiring talent, managing staff — all require the skill to negotiate with others effectively. Negotiation can be exhilarating; it can also be stressful. For that reason, some leaders relish the opportunity to negotiate, while others dread it. As it turns out, how you feel about negotiating can have a significant impact on the outcome of your negotiations.
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Healthy conflict resolution
Church Executive
Conflicts occur in some of our best-run organizations. Christians and Christian organizations experience conflict likely at the same rate as any other group or organization. Resource allocations, communication deficiencies, economics, environmental stress, confusion over roles and responsibilities are just some of the likely reasons for conflict and each can damage an otherwise healthy organization. As conflict is expected, learning how to navigate through conflict in a respectful and positive way is a primary management tool if we are leaders in an organization.
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8 reasons some leaders hesitate instead of deciding
Church Central
Whatever the issue or situation, some leaders make decisions too quickly. Those quick to "pull the trigger" often do so without adequate information. They do not listen well to others or think through the collateral issues. However, if hasty decision making represents an illness, then the other extreme an epidemic. Namely, hesitant decision making.
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