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How to evaluate the financial integrity of your church
Managing Your Church
Audit. It's a dirty word among some church administrators. And we're not even talking about an IRS tax audit, which conjures up images of intimidating government agents whose sole mission is to uncover your financial misdeeds. We're talking church financial audits, the kind that provides invaluable feedback on the financial integrity of your organization. So why, if a financial audit is a good thing, do so many financial administrators dread the annual audit more than any other aspect of their jobs?
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1 Web trend churches should do well
By Mark MacDonald
Website design paradigms are constantly changing, thanks in part to coding abilities and analytics. Since we realize what people are looking for, Web designers and content developers are trying to create "user-centric" design. There's one problem. Some people perceive user-centric as "give people everything they want," but it's actually "give people everything they need" in the manner that they want. Get the distinction? It's what we should be doing in the church.
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TeleWeb: Copyright
NACBA
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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7 reasons your church needs to go on a diet
The Christian Post
Most churches — more than 8 out of 10 — are busy. Too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, many church leaders equate activities with godliness or ministry fruitfulness. For certain, churches must have some clear plan of discipleship for their members. Sadly, some of the busiest churches actually diminish discipleship fruitfulness.
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Compliance: Getting your staff to do what you want them to do
By Harry J. Friedman
How many hours a week do you spend being your staff's compliance cop? Whether you are responsible for one employee or 100, noncompliance is often a supervisor's biggest nightmare. You wear enough hats as it is. Want to get rid of the cop's hat? Let's start by looking at some basic issues. Why is it so difficult to get your staff to comply — to follow rules, to do what they are told to do, to conform with policy?
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A committee-run church can be ugly
Associated Baptist Press
The understanding of the ministry focus of committees needs to include three things. First, they need a clear, simple concise statement of their ministry and the arenas where they have authority to act so they can appropriately focus. Second, they need a clear, simple concise statement of what is not their ministry. Third, and most importantly, they need a clear understanding of principles that should guide their work as a ministry of the congregation.
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4 steps to increasing end-of-year giving
Worship Facilities
You are probably not ready for end-of-year talk, but whether you like it or not, it is just around the corner. Smart churches are planning now to reap the reward of end-of-year giving. Why should you act now to see an increase in end of year giving? Because 22 percent of all donations to charities occur the last two days of the year.
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What are economists saying about the economy?
ECCU
For all the negative impact of the Great Recession, one upside is that more ministry leaders are attentive to economic trends. They've learned that churches and other ministries aren't as insulated from economic downturns as they once were. So what's happening with the economy today?
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How social and digital media are changing #religion
Deseret News
More believers are beginning to use social media in their religious practice, according to experts at the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. In some cases, social media has become an extension of existing religious practice as churchgoers connect with their pastors and fellow worshippers outside of the pews and away from the organs. But for others, social media has become a substitute as online users have found new ways to get in tune with religion.
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Church news outlets struggle to keep their editorial independence
Religion News Service
The closing of several Protestant denominational newspapers, magazines and other news services has played a part in eroding the standards of professional religious journalism, according to members of the Associated Church Press. As denominational news services contend with fiscal challenges that have beset secular media as well, church press officials worry these outlets have lost their editorial independence and are increasingly performing public relations roles.
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9 steps to effective business emails
By Joe Latta
Email communication is a key part of nearly every project, client relationship and business development effort. Unfortunately, all too often the email messages we create are structured and sent in ways that confuse co-workers, annoy clients and frustrate prospects. That's why we're discussing nine easy steps to make your emails simpler and more powerful.

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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. Here are five tips for preventing burnout so you can thrive in ministry.

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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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Selecting the right site for your church
By Robert C. Foreman
The church steering committee has many important tasks early in the planning process for a new facility. After selection of the architect, the contractor and the construction delivery method, one of the next big decisions will often involve property acquisition. It is risky for a church to purchase land before hiring an architect. An architect experienced with church facility design will help the church avoid serious misjudgments in property selection.
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Feedback is the breakfast of champions: 10 tips for doing it right
LinkedIn
Whether from bosses, spouses or friends, it's not easy to hear about our shortcomings. And letting others know how they can do better is almost as uncomfortable. Feedback can stir up all kinds of self-doubt, defensiveness and career worries — and if handled poorly, it can go radioactive. But it shouldn't be about pointing out others' weaknesses; on the contrary, it's about helping them eliminate stumbling blocks in order to build on their strengths.
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The 3 variables of leadership
Eblin Group
There are a lot of theories on what it takes to be an effective leader. Here's an interesting one: Effective leadership is about getting things done, and getting things done boils down to the effective management of three variables — time, money and resources.
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Leadership: Nature or nurture?
Entrepreneur
Are leaders born or made? According to a study of twins published in the September 2012 issue of The Leadership Quarterly, if your biological parents held leadership positions, you have a 24 percent likelihood to inherit a predisposition to do so as well, indicating that being the offspring of leaders may give you an edge. However, the vast majority of leadership skills are developed through training over time.
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