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7 financial stewardship tips every church should consider
By Deborah Wipf
Finances. Everyone's favorite topic, right? Whether money is tight or you have plenty of financial breathing room, you need to keep a close watch on your church's finances. Members of your congregation are tithing to support the church's work and trusting you to spend those donations wisely. To ensure excellent stewardship of church finances, you need strong internal controls and qualified staff to handle the accounting. These practices not only protect against illegal or unethical behavior; they also protect the reputation of your staff and your church.
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You hired who? Top 10 nonprofit employment mistakes
The Nonprofit Times
Nonprofit employers face a unique set of challenges. They are always trying to do more with less — fewer staff members, less support, less funding. A combination of these pressures can result in poor employment practices, even when one thinks they are doing "the right thing." Engaging in best practices with nonprofit employees will result in helping to decrease employee turnover and retain high performers. It will also help identify problem employees who might otherwise fly under the radar or be the low performing "hot potato" that gets passed between departments.
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Report: Church giving won't rise unless pastors embrace Jesus' teachings on poor
Religion News Service
Christian researchers tracking decades of decline in charitable giving say the trend will not be reversed until pastors challenge congregants to embrace Jesus' teachings on the poor. But that, says Sylvia Ronsvalle, one of the authors of the annual "Empty Tomb" reports on Christian giving, will take a different kind of pastor than the counselors and comforters that seminaries and divinity schools have trained for ministry.
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Reporting child abuse: What is your duty?
Simms Showers LLP
Consider the following scenarios: Parents tell the pastor they believe, based on examination and the strange behavior of their 2-year-old daughter, that she was molested by her Sunday School teacher; a volunteer tells the pastor she has seen an adult Praise Factory worker take the same 3-year-old child to the bathroom alone consistently for several weeks and suspects something. While you may know how each of these situations would be handled internally within your church, one of the first issues that must be immediately addressed in both of these instances is the issue of reporting.
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Understanding worship music copyright law
Church Law & Tax
Many worship songwriters write with the hope that their songs will be used within the Body of Christ to glorify God for generations. Take Hillsong's "Mighty to Save," for example: The melody is compelling enough to be played by a stadium band with six electric guitarists, pads, and loops, but it's simple enough to be played by one person at a piano or on a guitar.
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Q&A: Out-of-pocket expenses
Church Law & Tax
A charitable deduction is allowed for the unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses that are associated with volunteer services performed for a church. Examples of these expenses include supplies for Sunday school classes, use of a personal vehicle, small equipment, food for the youth group, etc. The expenses are deductible by the volunteer as long as the volunteer maintains detailed records of the expenses and obtains the appropriate receipt in instances where the amount of the expenses exceeds $250.
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Mars Hill Church reeling as Pastor Mark Driscoll quits
The Seattle Times
After a meteoric rise and a drawn-out fall, embattled Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll resigned Wednesday, leaving unanswered questions and an uncertain future for the megachurch he co-founded. The church has been facing an avalanche of allegations against Driscoll in recent months, ranging from charges of bullying and abusive behavior to plagiarism and overseeing mismanagement of church funds.
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Average nonprofit fraud loss pegged at $600,000
The NonProfit Times
The results of nonprofit fraud can be so devastating that nonprofit leaders live in constant dread of it and most utilize some kind of anti-fraud measures. Being aware of where the damage occurs, or who commits the most costly damage can be helpful in preventing fraud or minimizing the damage it causes. The higher an individual is in the hierarchy, the less likely that person is to commit fraud, but when a highly placed executive does go astray, it’s usually for big money.
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Response to Houston mayor's subpoenas of sermons
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
The mayor's office in Houston, Texas, subpoenaed five pastors and religious leaders to submit "all speeches, presentations, or sermons" that were "prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved by" them or in their possession which relate to the city's equal rights ordinance, the mayor, homosexuality or gender identity. The subpoenas are part of a lawsuit the city is fighting. Baptists from across the theological spectrum are working together to stand against these subpoenas saying "The government has no right to invade the autonomy of churches and the sanctity of the pulpit in this way."
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Average nonprofit fraud loss pegged at $600,000
The NonProfit Times
The results of nonprofit fraud can be so devastating that nonprofit leaders live in constant dread of it and most utilize some kind of anti-fraud measures. Being aware of where the damage occurs, or who commits the most costly damage can be helpful in preventing fraud or minimizing the damage it causes.

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9 key guidelines for staff meetings
Church Law & Tax
Taking the principals learned while a pastor at a small church, one pastor has continued applying those guidelines by applying them to future churches where he has served and to almost any other situation that requires leadership.

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The shocking un-truth about church budgets
ABP News
Before we do even one more church budget, we need a whole new framework for thinking about church and ministry. With our role in society shifting, we are no longer bastions of benevolent food pantries that we graciously bestow on the less fortunate and then return to our churches to plan new ways to do ministry. What we are now is mission outposts.

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Congregants flee traditional churches, but this former pastor rejoices
Religion News Service
The rise of the "spiritual but not religious" in America has created a lot of conversation among Christians over the last two years. Now one pastor and activist is arguing that the trend might be a good thing. Kelly Bean is former pastor of Third Saturday Organic Community and coplanter of Urban Alley, a egalitarian intergenerational intentional community in north Portland, Oregon. She is author of "How to Be a Christian Without Going to Church," which explores the benefits of alternative forms of worship. Here we discuss her message and whether it jibes with the Bible's teachings.
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Rick Warren warns church planters on following trends, focusing on growth over quality
The Christian Post
In order to last in ministry, church planters need to adhere by certain guidelines that change the mold of how they build their church structure, said Pastor Rick Warren during the Exponential West conference this past week. Warren addressed conference goers to utilize his experience as a leader in ministry of over 40 years. He told church planters that about half of them were not going to make it, according to statistics, unless they started doing something radical.
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Regular people who changed the world, and how you can too
National Geographic
In their new book, "A Path Appears," Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn share uplifting stories of people who are making the world a better place. National Geographic caught up with the authors and heard how a woman in Malawi used doughnuts to transform her – and her husband's – life, why the United States has to rely on private philanthropy, and why giving is as pleasurable as eating ice cream or falling in love.
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The ABCs of employee retention
By Mel Kleiman
Employee retention efforts don't have to be elaborate or laden with perks. You just have to do a good job on the fundamentals. Take a look at the following ideas and add at least a few to your employee retention strategy. (You do have a retention strategy, don't you?) Accountability — Make managers and supervisors accountable for employee turnover and watch retention improve.
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The call to prepare staff
Faith & Leadership
When congregational and denominational executives discuss the development of leaders, they are usually talking about their constituents. Congregations want to develop lay leaders. Bishops and other executives focus on developing pastors.
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