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Increase online donations through donor feedback    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When donating, a person should never expect anything in return; however, many nonprofits are missing out on future donations by failing to give any feedback to donors. A simple thank you goes a long way with donors. Traditional giving has long been the standard and currently represents the largest percentage of giving, 79 percent. However, online donations — 10 percent — are gaining traction with the younger generation as technology advances and demographics change. More

Webinar: Tax and Legal Update — The Laws and Gifts
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The National Association of Church Business Administration invites you to a phone and/or Web-based seminar: Tax and Legal Update — The Laws and Gifts with Frank Sommerville. Managing congregation gift policies and compliance is not as easy as it once was. As we move into the fall quarter, congregations will begin to receive many different kinds of gifts beyond cash. More

How religious affiliation affects charitable giving
The Associated Press via USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
VideoBrief A new study on the generosity of Americans suggests that states with the least religious residents are also the stingiest about giving money to charity. The study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that residents in states where religious participation is higher than the rest of the nation, particularly in the South, gave the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charity. More

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Most Americans think nonprofits spend 60 percent too much on overhead
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Only 1 in 4 Americans has "a highly positive view" of the financial efficiency of nonprofits, according to a recently released study. The research reveals that an almost-equal proportion of Americans view nonprofit management in a highly negative light, believing that the average nonprofit spends 60 cents or more of every donated dollar on overhead costs. More

Digital version of the Bible popping up in more pews, pulpits
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Not too long ago, the sight of someone using an electronic device during a worship service might lead an observer to assume that person was not fully engaged. But not anymore. Reading the Bible used to mean reading a book, but increasingly, people are getting the Word on smartphones, iPads and other electronic devices. So then, what will happen to the printed Bible? The last word has not been written on that, but experts speculate that its unchallenged reign is over. More

Churches lag in social media oversight
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Statistics show that religious Americans have adopted social media at roughly the same rates as nonchurch going citizens. According to the 2011 Pew Internet and American Life Project, 79 percent of those active in religious groups use the Internet, and 46 percent use social media. That's compared to 75 and 49 percent of nonreligious Americans, respectively. But experts say convincing churches to adopt policies governing online activity is an uphill slog. More

The pixelated church: Managing the tensions of church online — Part 2
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The rise of the online church service has ushered in new ways for sermons, worship and testimonies to be shared over the Internet. One thing you can't deny with the church online movement is the ability for one service, one podcast, one video to reach countless individuals for Christ. More

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More than 10,000 churches commit to National Back to Church Sunday
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Thousands of congregations across the country are committing to take part in a nationwide event meant to reach out to the unchurched. National Back to Church Sunday, slated for Sept. 16, has over 10,000 churches officially listed as participating in the event. "It is the single largest annual community outreach in the nation, sharing the simple message and mission of inviting everyone in America Back to Church," the event's website says. More

Does megachurch 'high' explain their success?
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Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses — just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger feelings of transcendence and changes in brain chemistry — a spiritual "high" that keeps congregants coming back for more. More

Why church volunteers are unhappy — and how to solve it
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wanted. Appreciated. Equipped. Loved. Valued. When you polled your volunteers last, these were some of the reasons why your volunteers are happy. We know these truths, yet the demands of ministry can place the burden to facilitate, organize, train and schedule our volunteers squarely on our shoulders. It can be overwhelming to try to manage, not to mention trying to help volunteers find their best fit. How awesome would it be if you already knew each volunteers' best fit — before they ever started volunteering? More

Should pastors be guaranteed job security?
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The General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted in May to stop guaranteeing continuous appointments to ordained clergy. Supporters say the move will allow churches to more easily remove ineffective clergy; opponents argue the practice protects clergy members. Observers weigh in. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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The secret to success: Feedback
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Everyone talks about how to be a success and learn from failure. The truth is you can count those events on one or two hands, and you don't always know if you've had a success or failure until long after the fact. Feedback, however, comes far more frequently than success-failure events, so it can be a far more useful gauge, if you're open to it. And you should be. More

Report shows more than 5,000 multisite churches
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The number of congregations that host worship services at more than one physical location has grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, according to a new report. Researchers say these multisite churches, which may share worshippers across town or many miles apart, are growing at a much larger pace than traditional megachurches. More

3 steps to build relationships in everyday interactions
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The issue is not that we make assumptions. The issue is that a lot of times they are wrong. We often misinterpret one another. We add underlying meaning or subtext that was never intended. Don't feel guilty. We've all done it. Your beliefs are always driving the show. So how do you make sure they are not leading you astray? Here are three tips to help you not jump straight to assumption. More


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What successful people do with the 1st hour of their work day
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Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should, too. More

Be more productive. Take time off.
The New York Times (opinion)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People in the Midwest are all very aware of seasons and seasonal change. The cold, the warm, the wet, the dry, the hot — they have it all every year. Some seasons are more welcome than others, but they're all good about one thing: change. Change is important. We grow out of a lot as we grow up. One of the most unfortunate things we leave behind is a regular dose of change. Nowhere is this more evident than at work. More

Georgia church offers help for job seekers
United Methodist News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Katherine Simons sees it all the time. Hopelessness. She sees it on the faces of the thousands of out-of-work people who walk through the doors of the Job Networking Ministry that Simons organizes twice a month at Roswell United Methodist Church in the Atlanta suburb. The church schedules workshops for job seekers and offers advice for congregations interested in starting jobs ministries of their own. Johnie Wright, CCA, former NACBA board member and recent Saucedo Award recipient as Church Administrator of the Year, is the administrator at Roswell UMC. More

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