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Deduct now, and give later
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Tax uncertainty in Washington, D.C., is prompting donors, especially wealthy ones, to pour money into charitable-gift funds this year. The reason: Taxpayers fear Congress will cut or cap deductions for charitable contributions for 2013, so they are rushing to take advantage of current law. Compared with other tax dilemmas people are facing, so-called donor-advised funds seem tailor-made for this year's uncertainty. They allow the charitably minded to contribute assets and take a full deduction for 2012, yet postpone giving decisions. More

Charities fight possible changes on tax deductions
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most Americans who file income tax returns won't be affected by proposed changes in how charitable contributions are deducted because they don't itemize their deductions, federal income tax records show. But that hasn't stopped charity officials and others from lobbying Congress to fight any change in deductions as part of the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. More

Avoid the IRS Grinch: 7 donations that are not tax-deductible
Church Central    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
'Tis the season for tax-deductible giving. Over 150 million Americans are expected to make year-end donations of over $75 billion dollars to help hurting charities and churches and those they serve. If you don't want the IRS Grinch — or your tax preparer or accountant — to bite you in April over your December year-end donations, here's what you need to know. More

Make Personal Connections With Your Technology
Whether a first-time visitor or long time attendee, establishing a connection and encouraging interaction with the church’s ministry areas is one of the most vital areas of the follow-up process. To help your church focus on the personal aspects of connection and getting people involved, download the ACS Technologies ministry guide Key Elements to Connection Success today.

Register now: 2 teleweb seminars coming in January
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Stay informed with the latest information about church administration. NACBA invites you to two phone and/or web-based seminars in January:

Generosity: It's Your Move: What Is Your Plan For 2013?
What will be your congregation's generosity moves in 2013? How will you act generously in support of institution, community and mission? Join this Jan. 10 webinar led by Ruben Swint to answer these and other questions as you begin another calendar year of ministry.

Website Analysis Live!
Listen and learn as a professional, impartial website analysis of two church websites takes place live Jan. 24 on this web seminar led by Mark MacDonald. Listen in and learn about up-to-date branding strategies, SEO, site design, programming and website must-dos. Ask questions about the process and learn how you can refine and improve your own site.

Get your Christmas crowd to come back
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This Christmas, as always, churches across the nation will be filled to the brim with CEOs — that's "Christmas Easter Only" attenders. For those Christmas service or services, attendance will temporarily skyrocket only to come back down to Earth the next Sunday. The question that bothers many pastors and leaders is this: How can we retain more of those CEOs? While you can't retain all of them, there are some steps that everyone can take to turn more CEOs into regular attenders. More

See related: 7 Christmas Eve ideas that work (Church Leaders)

Night, online seminary courses answer the call
Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While online education is no longer a novelty in higher education, seminaries have been slower than other colleges to adopt the format. Some in the field feel that studies must include regular face-to-face time for students to not only learn the facts of their faith, but also live out a spiritual transformation. Others argue the quality of any class, online or not, depends on the professor's skill at teaching. If seminaries don't embrace the format, they could isolate potential students with already busy lives who increasingly expect flexible options in the digital age. More

ECFA issues new standard for compensation-setting practices
Church Executive    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ECFA has announced the addition of new policies for setting compensation for top leaders of its member organizations. These practices become effective Jan. 1, 2014, allowing ECFA-accredited churches and Christian nonprofit organizations time to implement the changes. More

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Simple Steps to Streamlined Facility Scheduling
The "EMS" line of facility scheduling, resource management and web calendar tools (EMS Lite, EMS Professional, EMS Enterprise and EMS Master Calendar) is used by more than 1,300 churches. But just as important as choosing the right system is how you implement and use it. Check out some helpful "tricks of the trade" articles here. 
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Dealing with the disconnected leader
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Even though few would dispute the value of being an engaged leader, many still do not practice what they preach. The harsh reality is great numbers of leaders continue to operate in a vacuum by sequestering themselves away in the corner office and attempting to lead from afar. More

Archaeologist: Evidence Noah's biblical flood happened
ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood is one of the most famous from the Bible, and now an acclaimed underwater archaeologist thinks he has found proof that the biblical flood was actually based on real events. Robert Ballard, one of the world's best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings in a recent interview. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah. More

Getting the ball rolling on a new loan
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Here are 11 tips for church leaders on what lenders need from you to make a preliminary evaluation of your church's borrowing capacity. Church leaders can use these items as a checklist in assembling the documents a lender will want to see — as a first step in getting the ball rolling on a construction project of any type. More

How to kill a church
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was a cold, December day and though the Nativity scene was brightly lit, the truth was all too dim: Main Street Church was dying. After a series of meetings analyzing finances and low attendance numbers, they accepted their reality. They would slowly, but surely, fail to meet the demands of their personnel, building and grounds, forcing an eventual church closing. More


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More than 1,000 care packages boxed for troops overseas
Napa Valley Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of volunteers lined up at a Napa, Calif., church recently to fill 1,050 care packages for troops deployed overseas, all in an effort to make sure soldiers sent to Afghanistan and other countries are not forgotten this holiday season. Operation: With Love from Home drew volunteers of all ages to CrossWalk Community Church, where they worked in a chain to fill U.S. Postal Service boxes with cards, toiletries, beef jerky, socks, candy bars, soups and other goodies. More

Top 5 skills every leader must have
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world is changing. It's becoming a more complex place. That's always been the case, but the rate of change appears to be accelerating. Given that's the case, then what are the real capabilities will people need to distinguish themselves — to become the leaders, the innovators, the success stories of a new age? More

The upside of downtime
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many modern workers find it hard to take downtime. Drawing brighter lines between work and time off — family, friends, outside activities and old-fashioned daydreaming — has clear benefits for productivity, creativity and wellness. There's an upside to downtime. More

5 change killers in your church
Outreach    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The very fact that we're leaders means we have to chart the course and make bold steps toward the destiny God has designed for us. The problem is ... it doesn't always work. Change is a scary proposition for most people, and so it's not always received with the enthusiasm we envision. More

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