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How churches collect their donations
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The offering plate tops the list, but electronic giving options, such as automatic withdrawal, online giving and cellphone giving apps, are gaining ground. Enough so that Brian Kluth, founder of Maximum Generosity, predicts one or more e-giving options will surpass the envelope packet — a mainstay for years at many churches — this year. More

Health care ruling preserves credit for churches
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The Supreme Court decision to largely uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform legislation appears to preserve a health insurance credit for small employers, including churches, to help cover the costs of providing coverage to employees. This means churches that meet certain criteria remain able over the next few years to apply for the credit. More
See related article: Tax implications of Supreme Court decision (Journal of Accountancy)

5 common SEO mistakes and how to avoid them
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the number of updates Google and the other search engines make to their algorithms, it can be daunting to stay current with best practices for search engine optimization. But no matter how much search engines change their ranking equations, there are a number of basic SEO mistakes you'll want to avoid. More

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Reaching the unplugged
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The rise of the Internet, new media and mobile technology has ushered church communications into a new digital era. As a result, churches have worked hard to create a flawless user experience, engaged social networks and search engine optimized websites. We've come far, but maybe we've left people behind. Meet the "unplugged." More

Creative church stage designs
Church Relevance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church stage designs are becoming increasingly popular with the rise of creative sermons and multisensory worship experiences. Both science and common sense tell us that environment often has a remarkable influence over how people feel, behave and learn. So while nothing replaces the power of preaching the gospel and God's Word, a creative church set design can accomplish two things if done well. More

Everything you need to know about working for a nonprofit
U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If the idea of getting paid to make the world a better place appeals to you, consider making the switch to a job at a nonprofit organization. Here are eight things you need to know about how nonprofit jobs are (and aren't) different. More
See related article: Commentary by Nonprofit Quarterly

Should churches have multiple worship service styles?
Outreach Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After a few years of "worship wars," many churches decided to create multiple services based primarily on worship styles or worship preferences. In many of these situations the reasoning for the multiple services had nothing to do with any kind of strategy. But it also isn't fair to assert that in every case people were simply looking to have their consumerist needs met. More

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As churches get political, IRS stays quiet
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Pastor Jim Garlow will stand before congregants at his 2,000-seat Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa, Calif., on Oct. 7, just weeks before the U.S. presidential and congressional elections, and urge his flock to vote for or against particular candidates. He knows such pulpit pleading could endanger his church's tax-exempt status by violating IRS rules for a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Even so, Garlow not only intends to break the rules, he also plans to spend the next four months recruiting other pastors to do the same. More

Millennials losing their religion
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Young adults are leaving the church in record numbers, and experts wonder how many of them are ever coming back. LifeWay Research found 7 in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30 who went to church regularly in high school quit attending by age 23. A third of those had not returned by age 30. That means about one-fourth of young Protestants have left the church. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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1 significant reason not to 'ape' other churches
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Comedians steal from each other. Film directors steal from each other. Even churches "steal" from each other, and, for the most part, that's fine. Where it all falls apart, though, is in a seldom acknowledged way that can really hurt your ministry. More

Officers hide in Illinois church, nab man suspected of stealing donations
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La Grange, Ill., police officers hiding inside a church arrested a man suspected of stealing money from donation boxes, police said. St. Francis Xavier Church had noticed a pattern of money missing from candle and St. Vincent DePaul donation boxes, according to Patrick Fulla, an investigator with the La Grange Police Department. More

Should churches abandon travel-intensive, short-term missions in favor of local projects?
Christianity Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Churches should not abandon travel, but they should abandon most travel-intensive "projects." It is good for American Christians to visit Christians in other places to witness what God is doing around the world. When it comes to projects, however, the good they do is often outweighed by the warped impressions left on both sides. More

Losing weight at church
The Christian Century    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Saddleback Church in California recently launched the Daniel Plan, a church-based diet regimen that includes small group accountability sessions, expert opinion, recipes and exercise classes before Sunday services. The program appears to be working: So far, some 15,000 participants have lost a collective 260,000 pounds. What can mainline churches learn from the Daniel Plan's success? More

Why church hurts so much    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you noticed all the Christians apologizing for the church? It's kind of the thing to do these days. It just seems better to assume everyone out there has been hurt, wronged, isolated, burned or ostracized by the church. So why does it happen? Why does the relationship people are supposed to have with the church break down? More

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