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Churches target of data thieves
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Worldwide cybercrime, the theft and abuse of personal identification information, is a billion-dollar business now surpassing illegal drug trade. Congregations are cast as easy targets for data theft. Frugal budgeting and limited resources in technological intelligence inherent with religious organizations often lead to weak security controls. Furthermore, the high concentration of children under 18 — their stolen-identity value is higher than adults — makes churches more appealing to cyber thieves. More

The average salary of a pastor in America
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A recent NACBA study points out that the average American pastor with a congregation of 300 people earns a salary of less than $28,000 and that one out of five pastors has to moonlight for supplemental income. The study also indicated that only 5 percent of American pastors earn more than $50,000 a year, and 14 percent earn less than $25,000. More

Federal judge ruling allows religious groups to use NY schools for services
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge ruled that religious groups cannot be prohibited from using public schools to hold services, rejecting the argument that such use violates the Constitution's requirement to keep church and state strictly separate. The ruling was a major setback for New York City, which has fought for nearly two decades to expel religious groups from the schools. More

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Church business matters
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most ministers have managerial responsibilities, such as budgeting, hiring, supervising and purchasing, though it seems many church members either do not understand this or harbor doubts about pastors' competence in these roles. When interviewees were asked why they had not sought pastoral counsel about work-related matters, quite a few shared misgivings about the church's own management. More

Plastic Donuts: Communicating about money
Center for Church Communication    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jeff Anderson is a veteran in church communications, consulting in the area of financial giving. He's the author of a new book, "Plastic Donuts: A Fresh Perspective on Gifts." This book is written for believers, but also helps church leadership communicate about financial giving in a fresh way. This is a foundational and crucial topic, yet one of the most abused and misunderstood. More

Ex-Philadelphia Archdiocese CFO pleads guilty in $900,000 theft
Philadelphia Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The former CFO of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia admitted in Common Pleas Court to stealing more than $906,000 from the archdiocese from 2004 until the summer of 2011. Anita Guzzardi, 43, could face up to 21 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 24, the District Attorney's Office said. More

Houston-area church hosts free wedding weekend
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To help couples who can't afford the rising costs of holding a wedding, one Houston-area congregation will foot the bill for eight Houston lovebirds ready to say "I do" in July. Sugar Creek Baptist Church wants to alleviate the stress of costs and endless to-do lists that go along with today's weddings, allowing the bride and groom to focus on the real meaning of their big day. More

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African-American churches focus on being holy and healthy
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
James Tate used to arrive early at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Md., so that he could find a wider seat in the handicapped section of the sanctuary to accommodate his 415-pound frame. But today the 33-year-old former high school lineman can sit anywhere in the church because he has lost more than 200 pounds, thanks to a church-based weight loss program. More

Insurance carrier orders Oregon church how to treat sex offenders
Christianity Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Oregon church may be penalized by its insurance carrier for being open about having sex offenders in its congregation. According to Chad McComas, founding pastor of Set Free Christian Fellowship, the church's insurance carrier, Church Mutual, sent him a letter May 1 with several requirements. The first was that he fully disclose the identity of sex offenders to the approximately 100-member congregation. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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What keeps us from accountability?
Evangelical Christian Credit Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's no avoiding it. Sooner or later, we are all accountable. When it's welcomed as an integral part of our lives, accountability is the very foundation of personal development and organizational health. When accountability is absent, delayed or dysfunctional, our character, reputation and effectiveness suffer. More

8 essential volunteer commitments to empower your tech ministry
Church Tech Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If you are a leader of a tech ministry, especially a volunteer-based one, you know and understand among many things the importance of commitment. Commitment is everything. With it, your tech ministry grows and thrives; without it, it's extremely challenging to do anything. More

Pastors use social media to reach congregations
The Associated Press via Athens Banner-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twitter gives the impression of being obsessed with mindless earthly trivia, from Justin Bieber's latest heartfelt tweet to his Beliebers to LeBron James' reflections on winning the NBA championship. But Atlanta-based Twitter executive Claire Diaz-Ortiz learned something surprising from an examination of the most popular tweets: Spiritual tweets were whooping up on the mundane. More

How to properly define 'great leader' — and act like one
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We don't think of leadership as some set of fuzzy, intangible character qualities that some people are born with and others are not. We think of leadership as the performance of behaviors. The skill of performing these behaviors can be learned and developed by anybody. First, let's define "great leader" so it is clear what we are talking about. More

Churches face obstacles during record-breaking heat wave
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Churches across the U.S. have been trying to beat the summer heat. Some have been forced to cancel events, and others found alternative ways of keeping cool as they faced record-breaking temperatures. Take a look at how several churches around the country have handled the scorching weather. More
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