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ECFA: Giving remains flat or down for many churches
Managing Your Church
Dan Busby, president of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, provided an update on giving trends at the recent Ultimate Financial and Legal Conference in Arlington, Texas. He included some statistics regarding cash giving to the nonprofit ministries and churches that receive accreditation from ECFA for their financial practices.
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Help, we're growing! Start planning now to support your growing church
By Deborah Wipf
It's an awesome "problem" to have with your church. Each week your sanctuary feels a bit smaller and you're running out of room. The congregation hasn't doubled or anything quite that dramatic, but you're noticing a steady increase. You've been praying for this moment, and now that it's here your joy is combined with a moment of panic. What do we do now?
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TeleWeb: Legal and HR requirements for offsite child care activities
NACBA
Providing child care during small groups and other offsite church activities carries with it a unique set of issues. Some would say the number one impediment to small group participation is child care. So what is the answer? What are the legal risks involved in providing child care offsite in a member's home? Don't miss this important seminar with Frank Sommerville on Dec. 5.
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How are your church's finances?
Church Law and Tax
Vonna Laue is a regional director of Capin Crouse, a national auditing firm specializing in serving churches, colleges and missions agencies. She's been with Capin Crouse since 1996 and has served as a partner since 2008. She oversees all of the services they provide in the West, both audit and consulting, and works with 70 churches in her region. We sat down with Laue to find out the current financial and internal controls landscape of churches across the country.
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Young volunteers change your perspective
The NonProfit Times
It is said that youth is wasted on the young, but it could be that opportunities to harness the vigor of youth are being wasted. Getting children involved in nonprofit activities can be tricky. They do bring energy with them, but strict monitoring of their actions and of the actions of the adults in charge of them can be extremely burdensome. Utilization of children can be a challenge, but nonprofits can actually gain something from young people.
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When is it OK for church members to leave?
Church Leaders
When is it OK for a member or attender of your church to leave? First, let's state the obvious: It's never just "OK." When someone leaves by choice to go to another church in your community, it's a dagger through the heart. If someone says differently, they're lying. Few things are taken more personally by church leaders, and the community left behind, than someone leaving. But that doesn't mean that sometimes a departure can't be a good thing.
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Sunday mornings are broken
Religion News Service
Many clergy and lay leaders are facing the end of the world as they know it. Leading Sunday worship — the thing they know how to do, were trained to do and want earnestly to do better — simply isn't as important as it used to be, and it isn't where they need to be devoting so much time. Sunday worship isn't growing churches any longer. Sunday morning has become a time for sleeping in, kids' sports and shopping. Young prospects want engagement, not pew-sitting.
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Church's online Communion: Sacrament or sacrilege?
The Wall Street Journal
A North Carolina church's new plans for breaking bread are also breaking with its denomination's wishes. Central United Methodist Church in Concord, northeast of Charlotte, earlier this year said it would launch a "virtual campus" complete with streaming services, webcam Bible study, counseling via live chat and a dedicated online pastor. The church also planned for virtual users to be able to regularly take Holy Communion when it is being offered during services.
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What happens to your data after you're dead?
Forbes
Historically, an executor of a will is entrusted to sort and delegate items of interest after we die. With so many of our possessions and details of our personal lives now finding their home in the digital realm, ownership, moral and sociological questions are raised: Who does your digital life belong to, who should have access to it, and where does society go from here?
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The 4 interview questions that count
By Mel Kleiman
You can conduct a thorough interview with only four core questions. No more dreaming up talking points on the spot. No more planning or writing lists to remember everything you want to cover. The idea here is to take an applicant through their entire work history by asking the same four basic questions about each job.

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6 things managers should not talk about at work
By D. Albert Brannen
Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about at work.

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The conversation churches do not want to have
Associated Baptist Press
Our current economy, coupled with the ongoing transitions in congregational life and ministry focus, have combined to create intense pressure on church staffing models. With finances tight, congregations are being forced to take stock of the number of professional staff members they require and can afford, and the focus of those staff members.

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The 4 interview questions that count
By Mel Kleiman
You can conduct a thorough interview with only four core questions. No more dreaming up talking points on the spot. No more planning or writing lists to remember everything you want to cover. The idea here is to take an applicant through their entire work history by asking the same four basic questions about each job.
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