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What will multisite look like in 2013?
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The multisite model, one church in multiple locations, has become an established strategy for outreach and for growing churches. Leadership Network, a nonprofit pastor's resource located in Dallas, reports there are now more than 5,000 expressions of multisite church across North America. Even though over one third of the 1,600 megachurches in North America have multiple campuses, the multisite movement is growing at a faster pace than megachurches. More

Provision in fiscal cliff law provides limited window for direct charitable distributions
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The so-called fiscal cliff law just passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama includes a little-publicized provision providing a short window of opportunity for eligible taxpayers to make direct charitable distributions from their IRAs in January and count them as made on Dec. 31. More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NACBA Weekly Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NACBA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

Online Giving Makes it Easy To Give
Online giving is one of the top ways to encourage your members to practice good financial stewardship. If your church is looking for ways to harness the power of online giving, download the ACS Technologies white paper Five Sundays: The Power Of Online Giving now.

Why you shouldn't dread an audit
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There are many reasons why an organization might have a financial audit. Whether it's to comply with debt covenants, satisfy an accreditation or membership requirement or provide an accountability tool and best practice, most people would agree that the audit process can seem painful. However, an audit provides significant value. More

When is it time to shut the doors?
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How do you know when to close a campus or a church plant? This is really hard to answer since every situation is unique and every church has a different definition of success. It can be very challenging to face possibly closing a site, and there aren't any hard and fast rules or guidelines as each situation is unique. Here are some questions to ask. More

Register now for website analysis webinar on Jan. 24
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Stay informed with the latest information about church administration. 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. More

Strategy and the uncertainty excuse
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When you ask business executives about their company's strategy — or about an apparent lack thereof — they often respond that they can't or won't do strategy because their operating environment is changing so much. There isn't enough certainty, they argue, to be able to do strategy effectively. The danger, of course, is that while we are using uncertainty as an excuse to put off making strategic choices, the competition may be doing something else entirely. 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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Spanish-speaking churches adopt more English to appeal to U.S.-born Latinos
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VideoBrief For 19 years, Vanessa Pardo dutifully followed her parents to church on Sunday mornings, reciting prayers to padre nuestro and studying la Biblia, trying to figure out how the parables of Jesus applied to her life as a member of Iglesia de Cristo en Sunset, a booming Spanish-speaking congregation in South Florida. But as the daughter of Colombian and Nicaraguan immigrants, she wasn't sure she fully understood him in Spanish, her second language. So when the Protestant congregation instituted a controversial effort last year to switch to worshipping separately in English, it immediately piqued Pardo's interest. She just had to break the news to her parents. More

Background checks for church, ministry and business
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Although more companies, churches and ministries are conducting background searches for employment, some corrupt personnel slip through and get hired. So my advice to churches hiring new staff includes finding out if the job candidate has ever been fired from a previous church or ministry and discovering the reason for the firing. Here are three reasons why corrupt employees may pass background checks. More

Finding focus in the new year
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Often New Year's resolutions tend to be grand and unrealistic. Perhaps that is why the failure rate is so high. Sometimes we do the same with our church plans. In the hope of covering all bases and avoiding criticism that plans are too narrow or neglect an important dimension, we try to cover the waterfront. There is a place for such comprehensive goals. But there is also a place for much greater focus on things that to outsiders may seem utterly narrow. More

Supreme Court won't take up guns in churches issue
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a challenge to a Georgia law that prohibits guns in places of worship. That leaves in place a decision last summer by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting a claim by the gun rights group that worshippers had the constitutional right to arm themselves for their own protection while they are in a church, synagogue or a mosque. More

Ban on churches hosting high school graduations heads to Supreme Court
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Last July, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Elmbrook School District in Wisconsin violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment when it held its high school graduations in the event center of a local evangelical church. But now that ruling is headed to the United States Supreme Court. More


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How to build better leaders
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How often is the status quo really what you want? The happiest and most prosperous people tend to be ones who enjoy learning and who have developed a high level of expertise within an area that they were passionate about. In other words, they aren't satisfied by the status quo, bring a high level of energy to their work and attract highly competent people to help them explore new ideas for better serving the markets they are passionate about. More

8 ways to help new employees succeed
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Making the right hire and making the most of new people once they come on board can energize your business. The first three-to-six months are crucial to hires. The goal is to hire hard so you can manage easy. Embrace the change new employees bring, and encourage your team to do the same. Ultimately, you will all be better for it. Here’s how to get started on the right foot. More

Marathon ministry trains runners to put 'one foot in front of the other'
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In a few weeks, Mark Simpson will lace up his sneakers, set out some five-gallon water coolers and start waiting for a miracle. Over the past 10 years, Simpson, a 47-year old pastoral counselor from Clinton, Miss., and his wife, Robin, have helped train more than 3,000 people to run a marathon. Most, like Simpson, were couch potatoes before they started. They learned to run using a method that's part fitness class, part prayer circle and part support group, concerned as much with spiritual transformation as physical fitness. More

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