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Why the holiday sales sag matters for your church
Worship Facilities
"Holiday Sales Sag Despite Blitz of Deals." That was the front-page headline of Monday's Wall Street Journal. If the headline did not get your attention then the first sentence should have. It said, "Retail spending over Thanksgiving weekend dropped for the first time in at least seven years." How does that impact your church? When consumers are stressed and spending less, people in your pews feel the same and thus give less. This is one reason that giving has suffered for many churches across America. What can and should the church do about this?
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4 ways for church staff to celebrate Christmas
By Deborah Wipf
December can be a challenging month for church staff. You'd like to enjoy the holiday season, yet your schedule is packed with planning Christmas services and outreaches while trying to prepare your family's holiday celebrations. Your dedication to serving others is wonderful and greatly appreciated. However, please take time for yourself and your loved ones this Christmas. Here are four tips to help that don't require much time or energy to accomplish.
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Justices refuse challenge to Affordable Care Act
Associated Baptist Press
A week after agreeing to decide whether mandated contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court turned down a broader challenge raised by Baptist-affiliated Liberty University. Justices decided without comment to leave standing a federal court ruling in July dismissing various challenges to the controversial law also known as Obamacare.
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Related article: Obamacare: What's next for churches (Managing Your Church)


It's time to replace not-for-profit scarcity with possibility
By Lynda Gerty
We've all heard the same news: Charities are in trouble. People are disengaged. Volunteering is on the decline. Today's generation is apathetic. I'd like to offer a different vantage point. What if I told you it isn't that people are abandoning community? What if the exact opposite is true: Community is abandoning people. What if there is a huge supply of talented people who are eager to contribute, yet a lack of (meaningful) demand for their skills and talent?
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4 things to consider before starting a food pantry
Managing Your Church
Most people have at least a basic understanding of the reality that people are going hungry — throughout the world, and even in the heart of a wealthy nation like the United States. For a church that feels compelled or called to do its part to eradicate hunger, establishing a food pantry might be an effective way to make a difference. Before launching a food pantry ministry, here are some things to consider.
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What to make of those annual forecasts
By Michael J. Berens
With 2014 only a month away, last year's business plans are heading for the shredder. 'Tis the season once again for sharpening pencils, creating fresh spreadsheets and bringing the team together for a visioning and planning session. And just in time, here comes the annual parade of predictions, forecasts and trends for the coming year to give you a bit of help. Should you factor them into your plans or dismiss them as just so much seasonal industry buzz? Here are a few rules-of-thumb to help you get the most from this year's forthcoming crop.
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When does a church need a master site plan?
By Robert C. Foreman
With the purchase of a new site or planning for expansion on an existing site, every church planning to build should have a master site plan. Every phase of expansion should be preceded by updating the master site plan. The master site plan is a valuable tool in the planning process for a new facility because any church that wishes to provide for growth needs to know how much it will be able to grow on its currently available property.
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Combatting common acoustic hurdles
Church Executive
The congregation can't heed The Word if it can’t hear The Word! Every sanctuary has its own set of acoustical challenges presented by two main factors: the type and format of musical accompaniment in the service, and the shape, construction and layout of the sanctuary itself. These challenges range from poor speech intelligibility during standard verbal communication, to uncontrolled sound energy during praise band performances.
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How to build your dream team
By Mel Kleiman
Hiring managers and business owners frequently report that employee referrals generate the best job applicants. Referrals are the only recruiting tool that delivers high-quality workers who stay on board about three times longer than those from other sources. And the best way to generate employee referrals is to set up an employee referral reward system.

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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.

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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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Many congregations are stuck in an overly churched culture
Associated Baptist Press
In the midst of a region of the world where the impact of a churched culture is fading, many congregations in North America are stuck in an overly churched culture perspective. As a result these congregations become insulated, isolated and inoculated from people who are pre-Christians, unchurched, underchurched and dechurched. These congregations did not mean for this to happen. It was not intentional. It just crept up on them over a number of years — even decades.
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A new look at Giving Tuesday: More give to religion than realize it
Religion News Service
On Giving Tuesday, nonprofits of every stripe hope to attract some of the billions of dollars to be spent during the Hanukkah and Christmas season. Many of those dollars will go to religious groups. Now, new research is expanding the meaning of "religious giving." It counts motivation for giving and measures not only gifts to houses of worship but also donations to faith-connected nonprofits that are doing secular service such as fighting poverty or offering job training for the disabled.
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Social ties — not religion — make the faithful give to charity
TIME
Today, 20 percent of Americans disclaim a religious affiliation, and among millennials, it is over 30 percent. At the same time, there has been a growing debate over whether the secularization of society will lead to a decrease in charitable giving, with secularists tending to argue that fewer religious Americans will simply mean fewer contributions to pay for churches and synagogues that fewer Americans are attending anyway. Not exactly.
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Leaders who can't forgive
Harvard Business Review
Mahatma Gandhi once wisely said: An-eye-for-an-eye only ends up making the whole world blind. How true his comment is. And it is especially relevant for people in leadership positions. Leaders have such an important effect on other people's lives that their lack of forgiveness can create a climate where anger, bitterness and animosity prevent a team, an organization, a society and even a nation from being the best they can be.
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How do you hone your leadership craft?
Lead Change Group
Leadership as a craft is an interesting attitude to adopt. Leaders need to continue to grow and develop because times change, people change, and situations change. To lead through change, leaders need to adapt. To hone our leadership craft, there are many practices we can embrace. Here are five suggestions as a place to start.
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