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8 actions churches can take to avoid volunteer burnout
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Church volunteers are the most important resource to a church. It's hard to find reliable people who are willing to volunteer. When you find a good one, you want to ask them for more, and some people just don't have it in their heart to say no. This leads people to overcommit and could eventually lead to the silent epidemic: volunteer burnout. More



After Hurricane Sandy, chaplains and faith-based organizations offer aid and tend to spiritual needs
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As a wide swath of the eastern seaboard begins to recover from what's estimated to be at least $20 billion in damages from Hurricane Sandy, the help is pouring in. Federal recovery dollars are being funneled to state agencies, nonprofits are accepting donations, first responders are caring for the injured and neighbors are helping neighbors. But on top of that, people of faith — locals and nonlocals alike — are slowly trickling into affected neighborhoods, offering aid of their own kind. More

See related: NACBA has heard from some of our members affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we have posted their stories on our Facebook page. Please "like" us at www.facebook.com/NACBA.


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The 4 keys of potent volunteer teams
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Why is it that some church volunteer teams "just get it" and/or are more effective than others? If you've been involved with church volunteerism, chances are that you've observed or even been a part of these super teams from time to time. But what makes them super? What separates them from other teams? And how do you reproduce teams like these? More

Downsizing staff without destroying your congregation
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Staff downsizing can happen for various reasons. This post focuses on two — economic necessity and membership and attendance decline. Staff downsizing in these cases happens when unbalanced congregational finances seem to leave no choice but to downsize staff. Wading into the pool of staff downsizing is stepping into a body of water full of sharks or a highway in a war-torn country full of improvised explosive devices. There are so many things that can eat you and blow up. More



7 deadly sins of church communications
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NACBA invites you to a phone and/or web-based seminar: Seven Deadly Sins of Church Communications with Evan McBroom. Fishhook — an innovative communications and creative services firm passionate about helping churches and other Christ-centered organizations better connect with people to point them to Christ — takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the ways in which churches fail in communicating effectively. Learn how to communicate clearly, creatively and consistently through a communications strategy, strong brand presence and an online/website strategy. More



The 10 Commandments of church management
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Editorial advisors Frank and Elaine Sommerville combined their financial and legal expertise to select these 10 key best practices every church should follow. First on the list is "Thou shalt not allow the church's intellectual property to be used for personal purposes." More

What to do about violence at church
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Sometimes "deranged" people come into church services and begin shooting anyone they can. In reality, in such a dangerous situation, the last thing you can count on is mad James Bond skills. Preplanning is better. The following reflections might act as a starting point for churches just beginning to wrestle with the issue of keeping the church safe from physical harm. More


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Good leaders know how to shut up
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Leadership implies action, movement and discussion. Leadership, for many, does not imply silence. It implies taking charge of the situation and making something happen. Not only do the best leaders appreciate silence for itself, but they also know how to use it as a tactical tool — as an opportunity to judge where things are moving to get a sense of what's happening. More

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Why are church mergers increasing today?
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Church mergers are occurring with increasing frequency among churches of all sizes and types, and they are happening in urban centers, suburban neighborhoods and rural communities. Such mergers reflect a growing trend where two local churches at different life stages leverage their common DNA and complementary differences to generate greater synergy for a stronger regional impact. More

15 signs your church is in trouble
Outreach Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Evaluating the growth and health of our ministries is an important task. In this helpful post, Perry Noble offers a list of warning signs to watch out for in your church. Why not share this list as a discussion-starter during your next leadership meeting? More



How to escape the church comparison trap
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It's a real discipline to learn how to be around other churches constantly without beginning to compare. Many pastors are preoccupied privately with what others are doing — whether it's someone or some church they look up to, or a fellow church in their community. Some view those churches as competitors — though they would rarely admit so. More


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Megachurch 'come and see' movement fizzling?
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The number of megachurches may have exploded in the U.S. over the last few decades, but the landscape is changing and people are seemingly less attracted to the big box churches or the "come and see" experience, two pastors observed. More people today are moving into the cities rather that the suburbs, and more people are interested in being out in the communities than in a large building with other Christians. More



7 time-proven ways for dealing with information overload
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even in that age pre-dating personal computers, the Internet and iPads, people were overloaded by information. The advent of digital information and communication technologies has just made the problem far more acute. What can we do to deal with the information tide? One researcher provides some extremely effective strategies for dealing with overload; strategies that in some cases work just as well today as they did in the 1960s. More

PowerPoint: Why less is more
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Ever since the desktop publishing revolution in the 1990s, when ordinary folks could create newsletters, brochures, flyers, and other documents easily and cheaply on a PC, there's been a school of thought that more is better. More fonts, more graphics, more text. Nowhere is that trend more apparent — and more misguided — than in PowerPoint presentations. More
 

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