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Study: 1 in 5 Americans reports no religious affiliation
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One-fifth of U.S. adults say they are not part of a traditional religious denomination, new data from the Pew Research Center show, evidence of an unprecedented reshuffling of Americans' spiritual identities that is shaking up fields from charity to politics. But despite their nickname, the "nones" are far from godless. Many pray, believe in God and have regular spiritual routines. More

Related article: Religious leaders respond to the rise of the 'nones' (Religion News Service)

Get ready for National Church Administration Day on Oct. 18
NACBA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
NCAD The National Church Administration Day is a service event of local chapters to share their knowledge of accurate, current information and resources to assist ministers and laity in congregations with the administration of their churches. This year, the local chapters of NACBA, with the help of some of the most respected accounting experts will provide insight and assistance in five focus areas of accounting. Plan now to attend this nationwide event. More

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Learn to create an amazing guest experience    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
All organizations routinely perform a set of sound, standard practices that result in a high-quality outcome. It's true for your church just like any other organization. You don't get up Sunday morning and wonder how you will have a sermon that morning — or take care of children or lead in worship. It's a part of what your organization is and does. Organizations that want to produce a high-quality guest experience also need to perform a set of sound, standard practices. More

How to learn from those who have left
Outreach Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even churches reporting shining statistics of new members are often losing equal numbers out the back door. What's happening? Why are they leaving? Do you know? Before you call in a consultant to help analyze the situation, talk to your past customers. Conduct exit interviews — here's how. More

The 4 C's of healthy church growth
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Making a difference. Those are strong words, serious goals and often difficult processes. Every local church should be making a difference — a notable impact — on and in their local communities. When looking at the difference a church is making, it's helpful to look at the four C's of a healthy church. More

Improve church giving in a tough economy?
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Chris Willard of Leadership Network in Dallas and Jim Sheppard of Atlanta's Generis have penned a book to help church leaders foster a culture of giving among today's congregations. The pair reports that traditional church leader training and seminaries have done little to prepare pastors to address the heart of financial generosity in the church. More

Attention church suppliers: Call for presentation deadline approaching
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NACBA is again offering the opportunity for exhibitor workshops to be presented during the 57th National Conference from July 11-15 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. In order to be considered for an exhibitor workshop, you must meet the following qualifications by Oct. 31:
  • A person from your company must be a business member of NACBA.
  • You must have submitted a contract and a deposit to be a participant in the 2013 Trade Show by Oct. 31.
  • You must submit a completed Call for Presentation Application form and proposal by Oct. 31.
These workshops will give those exhibitors who are selected an opportunity to present in more detail how their product and/or services will help enhance the administration of the church. For more information and to apply please click here and download the Call for Presentation Packet.

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What do you do when your budget becomes a straitjacket?
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How has the budget development process gone in your congregation this year? Was there plenty of money to go around? Or, once again did you lower soft or flexible costs like program support and missions because hard or fixed costs like utilities and health insurance went up? During tough economic times, congregations accelerate a pattern that has impacted them for many years — budget creep. More


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How to run a meeting
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dr. Nadine Katz goes to a lot of meetings. Some of them last so long the participants have to order in food or switch rooms. Ten years ago Katz, who is senior associate dean, professor and director of medical education in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, decided she'd try to figure out how to make those endless meetings more efficient. More

Do your employees make you a better manager?
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Successful leaders and managers alike constantly stress the importance of developing their employees. But do they appropriately recognize the importance of how their employees might develop them? One of the world's top coaches thinks not. More

6 important church social networking guidelines    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Social networking appears to be touching all aspects of our lives, from work, to school, to religious institutions. Social networking sites, on-the-spot communication devices and email can enhance communication, can foster faith sharing and deepen relationships. The following list provides a few guidelines for healthy boundaries and safety of the church to the virtual world of networking and communication. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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The house is 'rigged'
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Audio speakers, lighting fixtures, banners, a cross, even a flying angel in a pageant — these are things that may be suspended high above the heads of the congregants in a house of worship. Each of these elements, whether static or moving, is hung from rope, chain or wire rope. The equipment with which any of these elements is suspended is known as "rigging." Concerned with safety and efficiency, churches require the same caliber of rigging equipment that theaters use. More

Focus can help Christmas mission giving
Lewis Center for Church Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many churches confront a question of missional focus, especially as the holiday season approaches. One group proposes an angel tree project. Another wants to do a coat drive. Someone else is collecting toiletries for the homeless, grocery cards for the hungry, toys for needy children. Needs are great everywhere. While the "more is better" philosophy is appealing, there are equally compelling arguments for cutting the clutter and staying focused on a narrower range of clearly identified priorities. More

Tithing with Trash cuts waste, turns hard-to-recycle rubbish into riches
Episcopal News Service    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Georgia Army National Guard Capt. Andrew Lane is a man on a mission. If it's recyclable, he aims to keep it out of the local landfill — and earn cash for his parish while he's at it. Lane launched a Tithing with Trash program at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church in Athens, Ga., when he returned home from a deployment in Afghanistan in 2010. Since then, the congregation has earned nearly $4,800 collecting hard-to-recycle items such as empty toothpaste tubes and Solo Cups. More

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