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Church giving tops $50 billion in a year in US – and its future is not a collection plate
Fast Company
Church giving is serious business. Scores of newsletters, workshops, and books are devoted to it, and consultants exist to advise institutions on how to maximize funds. A five-year study released last year estimated that "tithers" — Christians who donate 10 percent or more of their income to church or charity — contribute more than $50 billion a year. Somehow, though, the offering process, when ushers pass baskets down the rows and worshippers voluntarily drop in checks or cash, has remained basically unchanged since the 19th century.
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3 broken church website issues
By Mark MacDonald
A lot of churches are using broken online communication vehicles every day. Some are investing countless hours and dollars to sustain their bad website. Anyone who clicks on the website sees that it's all wrong for them. It's crazy. Let's stop the madness. Let's create effective online tools to communicate quality ministry. We represent the King. Here are three broken website issues I'd recommend you fixing (or getting someone to fix for you).
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25 last-minute Christmas ideas
Center for Church Communication
There are only 25 days until Christmas. That is not enough time to build a Christmas campaign from scratch. It is, however, plenty of time to get the word out about said Christmas campaign. It's even enough time to add a little more to your Christmas plans. Here are 25 last-minute ideas to promote your church's Christmas events and services.
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6 questions from newcomers
Outreach Magazine
Of all the people who drop out of church, Outreach Magazine studies indicate that a whopping 82 percent leave in their first year. Further study indicates that there are two definite "spikes" at which time an inordinate number of newcomers simply stop coming. An interview with 36 people revealed common themes and certain questions newcomers have in the first 12 months of their church involvement, which they are often not even aware are actual concerns.
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New deadline for tax-free giving stalls in Congress, but supporters fight on
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Despite the efforts of some nonprofit leadership organizations, Congress is unlikely to pass a measure before it adjourns that would extend the deadline for claiming a charitable deduction until tax day, April 15. For now, lawmakers are working on legislation that would extend for a year several existing tax provisions that have expired or will soon expire. Many of those provisions are designed to encourage charitable giving, including favorable tax treatment of donations made from Individual Retirement Accounts, land-conservation donations, and gifts to food banks.
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Reimbursing group health insurance premiums paid by a spouse's employer
Church Tax & Law
You already know that health insurance premium reimbursements are taxable for 2014 unless the plan is coupled with a qualifying group health insurance plan. But the rules do not require the church to provide the qualifying group health insurance plan. A qualifying group health insurance plan can be the plan where the spouse is employed elsewhere and pays the premiums either through his or her employer's payroll withholding or through the employer's flexible spending plan (Section 125 Plan).
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6 values to the perfect hire!
Church Executive
While a lot of elements go into hiring, one overarching value that drives hiring is having the right plan. There are a number of hiring managers that have no real plan going into a hire. They have a general idea of what they want, but feel that they will "know it when they see it." Do the work. Have a developed job description. Have buy-in from those who will be interacting regularly with this hire. Know the type of person you feel is going to best fit on the team. Have a plan!
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Growth Opportunity... Multi-site vs. Multi-venue
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Excitement of a growing church can quickly turn to frustration as growth constraints can limit the momentum curve leaving leadership teams with a difficult decision, how to best facilitate future growth: add more services, start/add a satellite campus, build bigger…MORE
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For Giving Tuesday: Where Evangelicals donate (and no longer donate) their dollars
Gleanings
Giving Tuesday, with its record number of participating organizations in 2014, is extra frosting on the cake for charities, which saw more money from Americans in 2013 than before the 2007 recession. But most of that growth is going to parachurch groups, not churches, according to the latest reports from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and Giving USA.
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Am I giving away the church this Christmas?
Simms Showers LLP
Historically, churches have been a source of relief for the needy in their congregation and their community at large. Any movie set in Medieval Europe will almost certainly contain a church scene with a friar or monk seeking "Alms for the poor!" One of the primary missions of the early church was to help the poor, the sick and the wounded. This mission is still being carried out today; however, unlike in the past, the manner in which churches provide benevolence to their communities could potentially result in major problems for both the church and its members.
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The surprise boost of Mass Mobs
Spirituality Health
On one Sunday morning in July, more than 1,800 people showed up for Mass at Sweetest Heart, packing the church so tightly that the faithful were standing in the aisles. They were there for Sunday services, yes, but they were also there to partake in something much larger: A nationwide movement known as "Mass Mob." Like Flash Mobs, Mass Mobs use social media to gather people together at a specific time and place — but that's where the similarities end. While Flash Mobs rally folks for seemingly spontaneous, often silly events, Mass Mobs assemble large congregations for services at historic Catholic churches to call attention to these sacred spaces.
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The 10 most and least charitable states
Forbes
As the end of 2014 approaches and with the winter holidays well underway – including occasions like Giving Tuesday – how and what to contribute is on many a mind. As it turns out, not all U.S. states are created equal where generosity – of both time and treasure – is concerned, and which are most focused on giving back may surprise you.
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The mysterious disappearance of a celebrity preacher
BBC
Aimee Semple McPherson was one of the most glamorous women in the U.S. in the 1920s. The evangelical preacher put on theatrical church services and used ground-breaking radio broadcasts to teach the gospel. But one mysterious episode in her life has never been fully explained.
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Serenity now: Why servant leaders take time to recharge
CEO
Serenity comes from a Latin word that means "to be clear and to be fair." "Clear and fair" has deeper implications for leaders. Servant leaders value serenity – having a calm, peaceful, and clear mind – when directing the affairs of their companies, departments, countries, classrooms, and yes, even their families. Only when leaders learn to leverage self-awareness to build a better self can they truly develop as better leaders. Here are three deliberate steps one can take toward the state of serenity and the acceleration of self-awareness.
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What to do when you exceed your leadership capacity
Ron Edmondson
The term leadership capacity can be described as a leader’s maximum potential to effectively lead others to accomplish the vision. A leader exceeds their leadership capacity when they no longer have the ability to effectively manage or lead the organization to reach its potential. They find themselves on a regular basis not able to handle all the demands placed upon them — and it's beginning to show in the organization. If you are leading and you feel you are reaching your leadership capacity, consider these steps.
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How to reenergize your staff in good times and bad
Inc.
If your church is suffering from poor morale, you need to fix it before it spreads throughout all your talent. Talented professionals don't stay for long in an unhappy environment. This should come as no surprise, but poor morale happens now and then and it has to be addressed head on before it becomes toxic. There's no magic bullet to save falling morale, but working to align your church with a purpose and running towards that goal one a step in the right direction.
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