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How does the Affordable Care Act affect churches?
Managing Your Church
The biggest provision of the Affordable Care Act that affects 2013 is going to be changing your cafeteria plan limit for medical expenses to $2,500. But the really big problem is planning in 2014 for 2015, because all portions of it go into full effect for employers on Jan. 1, 2015. Small churches are going to be OK if they have fewer than 50 full-time employees. But it's those that have 50 or more full-time employees that have to be careful.
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Are you hiring order-takers or high-performers?
By Deborah Wipf
A robot only takes orders. It receives commands and completes the tasks as specified. It can't really think for itself; it can only do what it's been programmed to do. Does that sound a bit too close to what some of your employees do? Do you distribute tasks and receive reports back when each is completed? Is that all you want in a team member? Most leaders would prefer high-performing team members who look beyond the day-to-day to-do lists and consider the larger picture.
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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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7 habits of highly effective church staff meetings
The Christian Post
I confess. I used to hate meetings. In fact I was very vocal about meetings being a waste of time. In most meetings I attended, I daydreamed about a dozen other ways I could be spending my time more productively. Over time I would discover the problem was not the meeting per se, but the way the meeting was managed.
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Confessions of a miser: 6 tips to a strong budget
By Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often times require courage because difficult financial choices affect everyone within an organization. Belt tightening, cutbacks and general business decisions are a necessary and healthy part of the business cycle, and few people cheer when a tricky budget cut or choice is made. The following are six cornerstone budgetary philosophies that have helped our organization bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.
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4 secrets for enjoying your stewardship campaign
Church Central
Are you in the middle of your annual stewardship campaign? Are you having a good time? Sometimes budget woes, a history of conflict about money, or a pastor's reluctance to ask people to give can make this time of year a little grim. Or the busyness of the fall start-up coupled with a late start on the campaign can make the process seem overwhelming. It is possible to enjoy stewardship season more. Here are several ways you can have more fun while raising money for your church’s ministry.
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Is church giving on a continuous decline?
Worship Facilities
Look out — giving to the church continues its decline with total contributions to churches as a percent of income for U.S. citizens dropped from 3.11 percent in 1968 to 2.32 percent in 2011. This is the findings of the new release of "The State of Church Giving Through 2011," by Empty Tomb Inc., a Christian research and service organization based in Champaign, Ill.
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8 reasons why most churches don't break the 200 attendance mark
Church Leaders
While social media, and even traditional media, are still preoccupied with megachurches and multisite churches, the reality is that most churches in North America are quite small. The Barna group pegs the average Protestant church size in America at 89 adults. Sixty percent of protestant churches have less than 100 adults in attendance. Almost every small church leader wants his or her church to grow. So why is it that most churches never break the 200 attendance mark?
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Baptism rates slide despite high-profile boosts
Religion News Service
The rite of baptism got big press as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently christened Prince George, a future king of England. Pope Francis also gave the sacrament a boost when he called a pregnant, unmarried woman to encourage her faith and offered to baptize her baby. Yet, it seems unlikely that even these leading voices in Christendom will reverse the nose-diving rates of baptism in the United States.
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Beer and religion come together at Colorado brewery
The Gazette
Clinking glasses. Lively conversation. Good fellowship. This was no Sunday mass in a high-ceilinged chapel, with its rigid wooden benches and acoustics that turn every cough into a cacophony. This was a Tuesday night at a brewery, Monument's Pikes Peak Brewing Co., where for nearly a year large crowds have been gathering for monthly talks about faith in a casual setting, called Tapping Into Theology.
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Do you know these employee recruiting fundamentals?
By Mel Kleiman
The tools, technologies and techniques we use to attract potential employees keep evolving, but a great recruiting program is still all about basic "blocking and tackling." For starters, if you only recruit when you have a job opening, you cannot get the best.

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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.

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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. 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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Thief returns computers to megachurch with note asking for forgiveness
The Christian Post
A thief who stole two laptop computers from a Las Vegas-area megachurch returned the devices the same day with an attached anonymous note to them asking for forgiveness. Jud Wilhite, senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nev., posted a picture to his Facebook page showing the laptops, which had been wrapped in a T-shirt, and the message left by the person who took them.
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Traditional media vs. social media: Making the right choices
By Robin Carver
Which is better: traditional media or social media? Should you sink time and money into both or just one? With a growing plethora of social media options, which are far less costly than traditional media, some of you might be questioning spending money on those pricey TV, radio and print ads to encourage business. However, using both media together, as opposed to one versus the other can move your message further and reach a larger audience.
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Is your door really always open?
Inc.
Nearly every boss has said it. And just about every employee has heard it. Yet it's one of the most meaningless lines ever spoken in the office: "My door is always open." The statement usually is followed up with some version of, "If you ever have an issue with anything, please come talk to me." What's wrong with this? Isn't it important for your employees to know that you are open to hearing their suggestions, concerns and criticisms?
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What millennials don't want from the church
Associated Baptist Press
Churches often think in this vein: 1) We need more young people in the church. 2) How do we get more young people in the church? 3) We need a room in the church where we can install flashy lights and smoke machines. 4) We need to find a praise band. If we build it they will come, right? Maybe not.
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