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Charitable deduction survives fiscal cliff negotiations
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The Senate and House of Representatives joined together in passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act to avoid what had become known as the fiscal cliff — a series of broad tax increases and major spending cuts by the federal government scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012 unless Congress agreed otherwise. For the most part, charitable giving incentives were not directly impacted by the legislation. More

Beware the ecclesial fiscal cliff
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Many, perhaps most, Christian congregations in the United States are approaching an ecclesial fiscal cliff. Unlike the expiring tax cuts and growing deficits that define the federal fiscal cliff, declining memberships and rising costs define the ecclesial fiscal cliff. More

Possibilities for the 2013 church
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For some, the New Year brings the promise and possibility of something exciting for today's church. For others, the New Year brings the same old, same old — doing the same thing without even the possibility of thinking outside the box. In his outstanding book "Barefoot Church, Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture," author Brandon Hatmaker quotes two leaders on their vision for today's church. More

Effective Contribution Management
Efficient use of contributions and making wise budget decisions are two areas that churches often struggle with. For suggestions on ways to reduce unnecessary spending and raise money more effectively within the congregation and community with online giving, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Setting the Stage for Good Stewardship.

Register now: 2 teleweb seminars this month
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Stay informed with the latest information about church administration. NACBA invites you to two phone and/or web-based seminars this month:

Generosity: It's Your Move: What Is Your Plan For 2013?
What will be your congregation's generosity moves in 2013? How will you act generously in support of institution, community and mission? Join this Jan. 10 webinar led by Ruben Swint to answer these and other questions as you begin another calendar year of ministry.

Website Analysis Live!
Listen and learn as a professional, impartial website analysis of two church websites takes place live Jan. 24 on this web seminar led by Mark MacDonald. Listen in and learn about up-to-date branding strategies, SEO, site design, programming and website must-dos. Ask questions about the process and learn how you can refine and improve your own site.

Questions to elevate leadership in 2013
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The New Year is a great opportunity to reset your leadership aspirations. While we step back to think about taking our organizations to higher levels each year, rarely do we step back with the intention of stepping up our own leadership. If you are up to the challenge, pause to consider these six questions to elevate your leadership in 2013. More

In 2012, the rise of a new religious America
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Welcome to the new religious America. Religious diversity, of course, has long been part of the American landscape. But in 2012, religious minorities became newly visible and vocal in a society historically dominated by the symbols, values and leaders of the Protestant faith. Now that Protestants are no longer in the majority — as reported in a study released by the Pew Forum in October — even the term "religious minority" will need fresh definition in our newly minted minority-majority nation. More

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Simple Steps to Streamlined Facility Scheduling
The "EMS" line of facility scheduling, resource management and web calendar tools (EMS Lite, EMS Professional, EMS Enterprise and EMS Master Calendar) is used by more than 1,300 churches. But just as important as choosing the right system is how you implement and use it. Check out some helpful "tricks of the trade" articles here. 
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Starting a bus ministry?
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The bus ministry may be the greatest evangelistic tool in the history of the local church. In the past 50 years, hundreds of millions of people have come to churches across America, riding in church buses and vans, to hear the Gospel message. Like any great endeavor, the bus ministry brings unique challenges to a church. More

Working with committees and boards
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One of the least glamorous jobs of any church leader is attending board or committee meetings. Understanding the purpose, vision and goals of each ministry board or committee is immensely helpful in making the most of time spent in meetings. Meetings are inextricably linked to church work, and everyone desires that their meetings be effective. Yet few leaders are taught how to run them. The following suggestions can help you master meetings, whether you are leading or attending. More

Indiana churches work to reduce carbon footprint
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Indiana churches are cutting down their carbon footprint as part of a statewide initiative to promote "a faith response to climate change." Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, an organization committed to promoting environmentally friendly practices and sustainability in religious organizations, announced it received a $150,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development. More

Arizona church on cutting edge of technology
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When Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene in Arizona holds Sunday services, people around the world can watch. Capturing and broadcasting its sermons with six cameras and thousands of dollars' worth of cutting-edge equipment, the technology-friendly church streams services online. Churchgoers can pick up a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the service after it's over, and can go to the church's website to watch broadcasts. Under the direction of Pastor Craig Coulter, Worship Pastor Larry Vinyard has led the church's transformation into a technological dynamo. More


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Dallas area project joins wave of less churchy churches
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The mural painted on the side of a building in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas is intentionally vague, simply showing a faceless man in a suit holding an umbrella over the words "Life in Deep Ellum." Inside are the trappings of a revitalization project, including an art gallery, a yoga studio and a business incubator, sharing the building with a coffee shop and a performance space. But it is, in fact, a church. More

Coffee shop mixes business with faith
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It's a trend among churches to offer coffee before or after their service. Bare Bulb Coffee in Kathleen, Ga., is doing it differently. They're offering church with their coffee. Nikki Collins MacMillan, ministry director, pastor and manager at Bare Bulb, said with declining numbers in her denomination and church attendance overall, there was an openness to re-examine what reaching people and being church was all about. More

Get ready for the new workforce
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For the next 19 years, 10,000 people per day will turn 65 years old, and presumably retire shortly thereafter. While this graying of the Boomer generation certainly has implications for health care and social policy, it may have even more significance for the nature of the workforce and the job of the manager. More

Leadership means facing challenges head-on
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Many would say if you're in the leadership business, you're also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. This post will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail. More

Research: What brings atheists to church? Their children
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Children are a statistically significant factor when it comes to church attendance among atheist scientists, according to researchers from Rice University and the University at Buffalo. As Patheos "Science on Religion" blogger Nicholas C. DiDonato notes, atheists may attend religious services for a variety of reasons. However, "the attendance rate of atheists with children jumps 70 percent compared to those without," he writes. More

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