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The plate runneth over: The continuing upward spiral of online and mobile giving at church
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As people become more and more comfortable with shopping and paying their bills online, they are also increasingly using this channel to give to their churches. Online giving in the church setting is growing in step with national trends, according to Rick Dunham, president and CEO of Dunham+Co., a Plano, Texas-based international marketing and fundraising firm. More

Metrics: A tool for learning, not judging
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The current focus on setting numerical goals for ministry and reporting on the results is not new, though it is now greatly expanded. In the past, virtually all the goals churches set had to do with money. The most obvious example is the annual budget. A budget is a goal the church works all year to achieve, monitors the results closely and reports regularly on progress in achieving the goal. The same attention now is being given to some people categories, but the concept is essentially the same. More

Financially troubled parts of Europe consider taxing church properties
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Cash-strapped officials in Europe are looking for a way to ease their financial burden by upending centuries of tradition and seeking to tap one of the last untouched sources of wealth: the Catholic Church. Thousands of public officials who have seen the financial crisis hit their budgets are chipping away at the various tax breaks and privileges the church has enjoyed for centuries. More

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4 calls to action your church website should have
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Your church or ministry website is more than just fancy graphics and flowery text. It should be a catalyst for action. When visitors land on your home page, they should be prompted to do something. We call these prompts "calls to action." Calls to action can come in many forms, most commonly graphic banners, ads, buttons and linked text. Here are four calls to action every church website should include. More

Every great leader has this quality — Do you?
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Courage is a trait possessed by all great leaders. So much so, that leadership absent courage is nothing short of a farce. Let's be very clear — no one is advocating for bravado, arrogance or an overabundance of hubris, but rather the courage necessary to stay the course and to do the right things. Many leaders think they have courage — few actually do. More

'Coaching bug' gaining in ministry life
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Courtney Krueger is so excited about ministry coaching that he can barely contain himself when asked about it. "It has opened a whole new world to me," said Krueger, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Pendleton, S.C. He isn't alone in either his training or enthusiasm. Observers say the coaching craze is spreading rapidly from its beginnings in the corporate world to just about every sector of society, including religious groups. More

5 steps to successful work relationships
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You simply can't have a successful working relationship unless you're capable of and willing to put yourself in each other's shoes when the situation calls for it. That same concept goes far beyond conflict resolution. Virtually every important aspect of business and organizational effectiveness includes two sides coming together to reach agreement. More

What should churches measure on social media?
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In the Facebook and Twitter social circles, adding more friends or followers is a popular and accepted measurement of reach. It is assumed that the greater the reach, the greater the influence. However, social media often produces "false positives" based on numbers alone, so what should a church or ministry measure when engaging in social media? More

4 ways to attract users by applying psychology to your Web designs
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Understanding your users' psychology and applying psychological theory to your Web design can help build a compelling user experience and even induce addictive behavior patterns. The Fogg Behavior Model states that motivation is a key factor behind how a user behaves. Knowing why a user behaves in a certain way will help you design your site to target these users. Let's look at four tips that won't negatively influence your users' motivation and will keep them coming back in the future. More

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7 updated trends on megachurches in America
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Outreach magazine, in partnership with LifeWay Research, just released its annual "Largest and Fastest Growing Churches in America" issue. In addition, the magazine includes a fascinating section devoted to megachurches. Some of the major trends in megachurches were mentioned in the past. But others are new. All are fascinating to study and ponder. More


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New healthcare compliance issue for employers: Medical loss ratio
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As the nation's healthcare law begins to take effect, employers, including nonprofit organizations, are being faced with a series of new tax compliance issues. One of these procedures will be properly accounting for medical loss ratio annual rebates issued by insurance companies to insurers each August. The MLR rebates are paid out if insurance companies pay less than a certain required percentage of premiums each year directly to healthcare providers. More

3 ways to appreciate your associate pastor
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Associate pastors, youth ministers and other staff ministers often do the unglamorous jobs of ministry without much recognition. Associates have a calling and a title, but they often do not preach, must attend church meetings and juggle several responsibilities which may be unrelated to their job description. It can be a thankless job. Since associates are often undercompensated to begin with, senior pastors and church leadership can show appreciation through simple actions. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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Americans underestimate number of Protestants by more than 50 percent
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The typical American underestimates how many Protestants there are in the U.S., and vastly overestimates the number of religious minorities such as Mormons, Muslims and atheist/agnostics, according to a new study. While Protestants make up more than half of the American population, Ron Sellers, president of Grey Matter Research, said there are several reasons why there is such a gross underestimation of their numbers. More

Green UM colleges make 'cool schools' list
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At Duke University, students compete in an Eco-Olympics that results in lowered utility use for the remainder of the academic year. Allegheny College students learn to reduce waste through the One Less Cup campaign, which promotes reusable takeout containers. Composting at Green Mountain College goes full cycle when food waste from dorms and the dining hall is used to fertilize vegetables that are grown on the campus farm and then prepared for student meals. Such activities illustrate why these three United Methodist-related institutions made the sixth annual "Cool Schools" list of the nation's greenest universities. More

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