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Charitable deduction cap would be 'devastating'
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A proposal to limit charitable deductions would be devastating for churches, religious organizations and other nonprofits if adopted by the federal government, says a Southern Baptist church-state expert. Leaders in both political parties have suggested further restricting charitable deductions for at least some Americans who itemize on their tax returns as a way of helping avert the "fiscal cliff" facing the country Jan. 1. More

See related: Americans agree: Charitable tax deduction vital to nonprofits, communities, donors (United Way)

How social media has changed how we give
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Shaun King, the founder of HopeMob, says that new avenues for generosity are changing how and when people donate time and money, moving away from giving to anonymous charities and toward giving directly to people in need. More

5 tips to promote church giving
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VideoBrief A United Methodist Communications video offers ideas and inspiration to motivate your congregation to contribute. Here are five tips to promote giving at your church. More

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Commission releases 1st report on church accountability
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An independent commission formed by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability at the request of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, in January 2011 has issued its first public findings through a 91-page report that is available for free download. The report touches on key areas Grassley asked the commission to examine, including pastoral housing allowances, compensation and excess benefit transactions, examinations of church leaders, donor accountability and the possible formation of an IRS advisory committee for religious organizations. More

Taking care of clergy in the storm
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Churches are experiencing a multifaceted storm. There are two swirling cells of energy that have been butting up against each other. The first cell is God's call to be faithful to share the Gospel in new ways that will reach a people unaware of the beauty and power of Christ. The second cell is a decline in our institutional capacity. The church is a body of people formed into faith through structures and expectations that may no longer be sustainable. Into those colliding cells enter the clergy. In many places the call of the church of the future is slamming into the church of the past. More

Key steps for handling love offering
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It's the time of year we commonly announce and collect special gifts, often called "love offerings," for our ministry staff. Proper handling of these gifts can be complex. The IRS has ruled on a number of cases that provide guiding principles for both donors, as to tax deductibility of the gift, and recipients, as to whether the gift should be treated as income. More

Churches find homes in theaters, restaurants
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A small but growing number of churches across the country worship in restaurants, movie theaters and wherever else they can find space. The trend has given rise to a cottage industry that provides some of the meeting space and helps church-goers with the logistics of setting up for services and tearing down a few hours later. Many of the churches are start-ups and are looking for a more permanent home, and others are larger churches expanding their reach into new communities. More

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15 phrases that build bridges between people
Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the years, business has changed little. Work still involves small victories and slow progress, often ambiguous and rarely permanent. That said, what drives workers has changed little, too. Besides money, they want a voice. They dream of receiving a fair shot to make a difference. Want to tap into the deepest yearnings of your peers and employees? Consider sprinkling these phrases into your daily conversations. More

Engaging guests online to visit in person
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Branding is certainly no cake-walk. You have to work diligently to build your brand and attract visitors to your website. What you do with your visitors once they get there is perhaps the most important element of your branding. After all, you are building your brand to attract online visitors with the ultimate goal of getting them through the doors of your church. So, what are you doing to turn those online guests into in-person visitors? More


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Limitations of an annual review
Lewis Center for Church Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
December is often the time when congregations and denominations require annual evaluations of clergy and staff. Evaluation is a good thing. But when the only feedback provided is in the once-a-year formal evaluation, the limitations often exceed the benefits. More

4 powerful words your employees need to hear
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Four simple words, used correctly and with the right intent, can make a powerful impact on your business, your life, and other people. Here's how. When you need help, start by using these four — and only these four — words: "Can you help me?" More

10 steps to deal with inward drift in established churches
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By almost any metric, the majority of North American congregations are established churches. They often include discouraged leaders and frustrated members. Conflict in these churches is often normative. So how does a church move from an inward drift to an outward focus? More

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