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Judge declares tax exclusion for clergy housing payments unconstitutional
Forbes
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has won a stunning victory in the United States District Court For The Western District Of Wisconsin where Judge Barbara Crabb has ruled that a substantial tax benefit enjoyed by many thousands of clergy — ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and others — is unconstitutional.
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3 sanity checks when caught in the middle
By Mark MacDonald
You may feel like you're always the middle person on the team. Not the best, not the worst. And even now, the awkward couple of weeks in the middle of Thanksgiving and Christmas is coming. The middle gets a bad rap. So what do you do when you're after a large event and before another? The church often has these times. You want to simply rest, but you're overcome with the stress of what's to come. Been there? Here are three sanity checks you should do when caught in the middle.
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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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6 ways you can promote your Christmas series or event
Center for Church Communication
One of the great things about Christmas is that people who don't normally go to church are inclined to go during Christmas if they are asked or given the opportunity to go. So we need to leverage this and to promote our Christmas series and events so those who are hurting and broken have the opportunity to receive the love of our Savior. So let's talk about six ways you can get the word out to these people.
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How to handle anonymous gifts for employees
Managing Your Church
How does a church handle an anonymous money gift given to a pastor or staff member? All love gifts are taxable to the employee, even if it meets the requirements to be a benevolent gift. However, this is not the end of the analysis. The church has a responsibility to assure that an employee does not receive more than a reasonable amount of compensation through a nonbenevolent love gift.
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Developing a thank you system for your church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Saying thank you promptly and regularly is one of the simplest and most effective things a congregation can do to reinforce good stewardship and enhance giving. When people are thanked regularly, they feel appreciated, valued and needed — which makes them more likely to support ministry with their time, talents and financial support. To accomplish this, churches need a thank you system that is personal, prompt and planned.
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Internet marketing: Don't waste your time on the Internet
By Jeffrey Dobkin
Small business advice: You don't need a "great" website. What Internet marketing expert told you that you did? Is the Web a viable way to earn a living? Sure, if you have the time, the money and the talent. And the staff. Then, add more time, money and staff because everything changes rapidly. Every time Google draws a line, you'll need to jump — and don't worry, they'll tell you how high. Here's what you're doing wrong and what to do about it.
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Making audio work — for everyone
Church Executive
It's entirely possible for the sound system operator to have a servant's heart and be involved in the sound system ministry for all the right reasons. But if he or she doesn't possess the skill set to operate the system at the level the pastor expects, there can be tension. A pastor should clearly define the audio expectations. Is Sunday morning expected to be 100 percent perfect, with zero tolerance for technical glitches? The answer might depend on the size of the church, the style of ministry and the complexity of the worship program.
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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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Finance forecast 2014: Expert advice for church leaders
Worship Facilities
With a fairly active 2013 coming to a close, next year's outlook for debt financing for church facility construction and expansion is generally positive. That said, if you have a project that you want funded, or want to simply refinance existing debt, the time to get the ball rolling is now. Financial experts say construction activity by churches has been picking up and ample funds are available for borrowers as the market moves into 2014.
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Changes congregations are facing today: Finances (Lewis Center for Church Leadership)
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Leading millennials: Are you up to the task at hand?
By Jessica Taylor
No matter how you look at the business world, things are evolving — from the way businesses are run to the types of employees that are hired. As baby boomers leave the workforce, the millennials are infiltrating your offices. These millennials are becoming successful in their multitasking, challenge-thriving ways, but with that comes challenges. Ask yourself, can you lead a millennial effectively?
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What inexperienced leaders get wrong
Harvard Business Review
Much has been made of the distinction between leadership and management. Too many managers, not enough leaders, the critics say. Leadership is uplifting, they imply, while management is boring — just a bunch of rigid bureaucrats spinning red tape, or emphasizing efficiency over effectiveness. But this is a false choice. Great leaders also have managerial inclinations. They are practical as well as visionary.
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5 simple steps to be a super-confident leader
Entrepreneur
Building confidence isn't always easy, especially if you have low self-esteem to begin with. In the dating world, the simplest thing can be the most difficult of tasks, like saying hello to someone. But as a leader, confidence isn't a choice. It's necessary for growing success. So in order to achieve that high level of confidence to push through the challenges and growing pains of running a business, here are things you must do.
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