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Church-centered technology for facilities
Worship Facilities
As today's church leaders take on the countless tasks associated with effectively leading and running their churches, it is evident that technology continues to play a more integral role. Seemingly in every aspect of church operations, new technology is making it easier for churches to run smoothly and get their messages out to the masses. Everything — from tracking finances and attendance to creating state-of-the-art visual and audio experiences — is much easier and much more superior with recent technological advances.
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Mind the gap: Stepping carefully from vision to implementation
By Deborah Wipf
If you've ever traveled to London and used their subway system, you've heard the phrase "mind the gap." It's their way of alerting you so you don't trip over the gap between the platform and the train. There's another, much larger gap we frequently deal with in our churches. It's the gap between vision and implementation.
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IRS issues new regulations for special tax treatment
Batts Morrison Wales & Lee
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued final tangible property capitalization regulations. These regulations provide clarity to a complex area of tax law for business taxpayers (including exempt organizations with unrelated business income and taxable subsidiaries of exempt organizations) who acquire tangible real or personal property or who own tangible real or personal property which they improve, maintain or repair. The final regulations address the proper characterization and tax treatment of expenditures related to these acquisitions, improvement, maintenance and repair activities.
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  How Safe Is Your Children's Ministry?

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Business training for pastors is gaining ground
Church Executive
"A church isn't a business. But running one does require some business management techniques." So says Chuck Zech, director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at Villanova University in Philadelphia. And he should know: The church management master’s degree program he heads up is part of an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited (AACSB) business school.
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IRS announces 2014 standard mileage rates
Forbes
There's good news and bad news about gas prices. The good news is that the cost of fueling up has gone down, meaning more money in your pocket. The bad news is that, since those costs are tied to the optional standard mileage rates, those deductions will be a bit smaller in 2014.
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The elusiveness of good governance
By John T. Dinner
The achievement of good governance is elusive due to challenges that typically confront and often confound boards of directors. These challenges tend to be somewhat common across organizations and typically relate to difficulties with sharing power, delegating authority and group decision-making. These issues, in turn, are most often related directly to the extent to which trust and confidence exists between the various boardroom players.
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Charity drives gifts by showing donors where their money will go
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The nonprofit Read Global is hoping to raise thousands of dollars with its "Empower" campaign, which shows donors where their gifts will go whether they're helping one person, one family, or many people at a time. The literacy and economic-development charity sends appeals that feature a woman, a family, and a village in the developing world. Donors are then invited to "choose your impact" by selecting whom they want to help.
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5 ways to leverage technology to maximize year-end giving
ChurchTechToday.com
Year-end giving is one of the most crucial times for a church's annual budget. However, most churches don't have a lot of time or energy to focus on year-end giving. They might make an announcement on stage or send a direct mail reminder, but that's about it. The good news is that cultivating generosity during the end of the year isn't complicated and most churches already have the tools they need.
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5 threats to effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
Effective communication is a critical success factor in any effort involving two or more people. From small businesses to large corporations and even government, effective communication can inspire, align interests, mitigate differences and build trust. Most importantly, effective communication can get things done.

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5 tips for successful performance evaluations
By D. Albert Brannen
Performance evaluation programs can be immensely beneficial to employers. They can help management improve employee performance and adjust staff expectations. However, if done improperly, performance evaluations can create more legal liability than they help to avoid.

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5 things your church needs to spend more money on next year
Church Leaders
As church leaders, we need to be strategic investors in the future of our ministry. There are no prizes for spending the least amount of money. The goal is to spend every dollar that our people give to us on expenses that will push the ministry forward. Here are a few areas churches chronically underspend on

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Honesty and ethics rating of clergy slides to new low
Gallup
Americans' rating of the honesty and ethics of the clergy has fallen to 47 percent, the first time this rating has dropped below 50 percent since Gallup first asked about the clergy in 1977. Clergy have historically ranked near the top among professions on this measure, hitting a high rating of 67 percent in 1985. This year's poll finds Americans viewing nurses, pharmacists and grade school teachers as having the highest ethical standards.
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7 reasons why church worship centers will get smaller
The Christian Post
A seismic shift is taking place in American church facilities, a shift that will become even more noticeable in the years to come. Church worship centers or sanctuaries will become smaller than they were the past 40 years. As church leaders decide to build, a large number of them will decide to build smaller than most of their predecessors have in previous years.
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5 threats to effective organizational communication
By Mike Wokasch
Effective communication is a critical success factor in any effort involving two or more people. From small businesses to large corporations and even government, effective communication can inspire, align interests, mitigate differences and build trust. Most importantly, effective communication can get things done. When two or more people want to or need to get something done, success or failure is often attributable to how well the parties communicate with each other. Here are five major factors that threaten effective communications in an organization.
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3 most important words to say to employees after they screw up
Inc.
Sooner or later, someone on your team is going to screw up. Hopefully the stakes will be low when it happens. Either way, be prepared to say three words that may not come so easily, at least not right away: I forgive you. Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries, a distinguished professor of leadership development and organizational change at INSEAD in France and Singapore, says one of the most important skills a leader can learn is forgiveness.
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Back to work: How to start 2014 right
By Jessica Taylor
As you go through the rush of the holidays and entertaining guests, the last thing on your mind is work. But as you return to your office for the new year and see the pile of work, unanswered emails and missed calls, it can become overwhelming. You might come to the conclusion that you don't want to start this all over again. It happens to even the most passionate, dedicated employee. Getting back into the groove after a holiday can be hard. But you will get out of the holiday mindset, so let's get started with four tips for getting back to work.
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