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More Americans to increase donations, and not for the tax deduction
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The do-gooding spirit is thriving in the U.S., with 81 percent of Americans planning to maintain or boost their donations this year, according to a new report. That's 9 percentage points higher than 2011 and 18 points above 2010, according to Fidelity Charitable, which offers programs to boost altruism. The average American plans to give $2,400, up from $2,100 last year. More

Church encourages social media during service
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VideoBrief No talking, no texting and don't answer your cellphone in church. Most congregations have a lot of strict rules during their Sunday service. But there's one place of worship in Arizona where tweeting and updating your Facebook page are actually encouraged. Mark 16:15 in the Bible says, "He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.'" The leadership and congregation at Fellowship Church at Anthem takes this very seriously. More

The multisite shift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are now some 5,000 multisite churches around the U.S. — that's more than 10,000 unique church locations. Many of these 10,000 campuses are linked to one another every Sunday morning by a single connection: video screens. These video campuses broadcast the sermon being preached at another campus. Video venues are perhaps the clearest example of how technology is changing church. More

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Top 5 church SEO strategies
Christian Web Trends    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Church SEO is important. Not only is it an important source of new visitors, but by outranking non-Christian or anti-Christian websites for important topics, it can have a real life effect on what kind of help people get, what people believe about key issues or even whether people believe in Jesus. So, how do you do it? More

Use internal controls for your checking account
Evangelical Christian Credit Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As you steward the financial resources entrusted to your ministry, one way to deter fraud is to establish internal controls around your checking account activities. Here are some best practices you should consider adopting. More

Getting pushy on the online playground
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Bullying" and "cyberbullying" are not legal terms, but umbrella phrases that cover a variety of behaviors. As such, there are a range of uses for the terms. Church leaders must know and understand them, particularly in the context of youth ministry. Legally, a church is at risk if it fails to monitor and supervise youth under its direct care. More

Managing your workforce amid intense uncertainty
Gallup Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the financial markets collapsed in 2008, executives were forced to focus on survival. But the unsettling slow-growth period that followed the collapse presents its own problems. Companies can get through a catastrophe on pure adrenaline, but it takes resiliency and adaptability to navigate relentless uncertainty. Leaders should focus on these three things: clarity, agility and perspective. More

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Real leadership means no excuses
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Leaders don't offer, nor do they accept excuses. True leadership demands the character to demonstrate personal responsibility for one's actions, and the courage to hold others accountable for theirs. Excuses attempt to conceal personal or professional insecurities, laziness and/or lack of ability. They accomplish nothing but to distract, dilute and deceive. More


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The 7 people you don't want on your leadership team
Church Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A key part of great leadership is selecting a great team. Always be vigilant for these seven personality types on yours, because it only takes one to topple even the most brilliant business idea. More

The 3 most important church systems
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There are many systems in place at churches of every size, location and style; most are borne out of necessity, but some are adopted because they've been seen at work in other churches. While the list of church systems could be exhaustive, they can be defined into three distinct but important categories. More - Cloud Ministry Database

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New York churches keep meeting in schools
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A 17-year battle over the right for New York City churches to rent and use public school buildings for weekend worship services appears to have come to a close — at least for the time being. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska issued a permanent injunction June 29 against the New York Department of Education, calling its policy that prohibits church access to school property after hours a violation of the religious groups' First Amendment rights. More

11-year-old tithes on steer winnings of $106,000
Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"If we didn't stop him, he'd give away all the money he has," Stacey Bonham said of her 11-year-old son, Baylor. And that would be a significant amount, since Baylor deposited $106,000 in his bank account after showing his prize steer, Stripe. The young member of First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Okla., is tithing on that money to his church. More

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