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Building a culture of risk management
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Now more than ever before, church leaders must recognize the importance of risk management as an inherent part of organizational oversight and leadership. But what does proper risk management look like, and whose responsibility is it? Many boards assume that the pastor and staff have the "bases covered" and board involvement is often limited to reacting to flare-ups. Such an approach to risk management is problematic and dangerous for multiple reasons. More

Benevolence programs: Establishing the guidelines in order to provide the maximum benefit
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Providing assistance to people walking through difficult times is a primary function of the church. While the IRS doesn't desire to deter these programs, they do have expectations as to how the programs should be operated. Well established guidelines assist a church's staff in effectively accomplishing the maximum benefit while still staying in compliance with regulatory expectations. Additionally, a well-established program assists in maintaining relationships between the church and the program recipients by clearly defining the expectations of all parties. This teleweb session will discuss the regulatory expectations as well as common scenarios to avoid.
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  • What are the documentation requirements for a benevolence program?
  • What are the reporting requirements for a benevolence program?
  • How does benevolence to employees differ from benevolence to nonemployees?

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The future of church building
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When you think of recent technological advances and how they've helped get a largely disjointed society more in touch, even if virtually, it's easy to understand why collaboration in the design and construction industries — disciplines that cross paths frequently with church leaders, their staff and building committee members — is paramount to a successful building project. More

Churches spin off ministry nonprofits
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A small but growing movement of churches are becoming what experts are calling "ministry incubators." The term includes churches that create nonprofit organizations that are then partially or fully spun off as their own agencies. In some cases, the 501(c)3 is created after a smaller ministry grows so much a congregation can no longer handle it alone. In other cases, a ministry begins as a separate nonprofit. More

The power of diverse leadership
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Evangelist Luis Palau once said, "The choices we make determine the shape and color of our lives." Likewise, the choices we make in terms of leadership determine the shape and color of our churches. To build a healthy multiethnic church, then, you must empower diverse leaders. Indeed, this is a "put your money where your mouth is" principle that cannot be ignored. More

Billionaires: Tax hikes a threat to charitable giving via NBC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When billionaires are asked why they give, they usually talk about their desire to apply their business skills to social change and the responsibilities of wealth. But there is another incentive for the rich to give: lowering their taxes. According to a poll of the 150 attendees of the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, 56 percent of the billionaires present said that "taxes impact our philanthropic giving." More

The body language of disengagement — and how to deal with it
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You're in a meeting, and it's going well. You can tell because of the positive body language that your colleague has been showing you. And then, something happens — you're not sure what — and everything changes. In business communication, engagement and disengagement are the most important signals to monitor in the other person's body language. More

6 ways churches reverse a decline
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Many churches are plateaued or declined. Many leaders are frustrated and seeking God's solution to the situation. And a number of churches exhibit common patterns when they break out of their numerical slump. Here are six of the more common ways churches reverse a decline. More

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Simple Steps to Streamlined Facility Scheduling
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How to design your website to be the hub of communications
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One underlying communications philosophy is that for most organizations, the website should be the hub of communication. But your people — church members, students, customers, volunteers, etc. — are not going to check your site every day for new information. So, the goal of every website should be twofold: help people find the specific information they're looking for or do the specific action they want to do, and get the first-time visitor to subscribe to ongoing communication. More

German Catholics to be denied Communion under church tax rule
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The German bishops' conference issued a decree, saying it was "worried" about the Catholic Church's dwindling numbers and wanted to stem the drop. Confession, the Eucharist, confirmation in the Church or anointing of the sick are now out of bounds for anyone who leaves the Church, the decree stated. Becoming a godparent is also off limits, it said. Germany has had a system in place since the 19th century asking residents to either officially declare their religion and pay a church tax or to be classed as "nonreligious." The levy amounts to between 8 and 10 percent of income tax, depending on where the person lives. More


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Should pastors be required to sign a code of ethics?
Christianity Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In June, the National Association of Evangelicals released a code of ethics for pastors; early signatories include Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and Tim Keller. According to a recent NAE survey, 71 percent of evangelical leaders are not required to sign a code of ethics. Observers weigh in. More

10 reasons people resist change
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Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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Talking politics at the office? Check your emotions at the door
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It took blowing a job interview for Sherry Thomas to learn that work and politics don't mix. Today, Thomas works as a personal and corporate etiquette coach and uses the story to illustrate the dangers of bringing your political beliefs with you to a job interview or to the office. "It's one of the pressure points for people" along with religion and sports, she says. "If you work in an office, putting everything out there isn't always the wisest decision." More

Pentecostal church wins long battle to move to NY suburb
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A Pentecostal church has won the right to build a place of worship and a school on land it owns in a suburban New York town, after a 14-year battle with the town's officials. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a trial judge's August 2010 opinion that the town of Greenburgh had violated the 175-member Fortress Bible Church's land use rights and constitutional rights. The church had sued Greenburgh in June 2003, complaining that officials had taken measures preventing the church from carrying out its plans. More

Ohio county sees church-building boom
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For two decades, Warren County has been known as the second-fastest growing county in Ohio. Today, it's home to another growth spurt — a church-building boom at a time when church membership is down nationwide. At least seven churches in the county recently built or are involved in opening new facilities. More

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