The Church Network Weekly Update
Jun. 26, 2015

How to take a vacation without being bothered by work
By Deborah Ike
It’s summertime! The kids are out of school, the weather is hopefully nice, and it’s time for a vacation. Maybe you’re planning an epic road trip, heading to a favorite theme park or finding fun stuff to do locally. Whatever adventure your family chooses, vacations are a great time to recharge and reconnect. And by that I mean recharge your batteries, not your electronic devices, and reconnect with loved ones and maybe your pillow. Here are a few tips for really unplugging this summer.More

TeleWeb: Tax and legal update - Understanding the current issues and options of the Affordable Care Act
The Church Network
The Supreme Court is set to rule in June on additional issues around tax credit in states that did not set up a state exchange. This could affect about 30 states who did not set up an exchange.

Join Frank Sommerville in this webinar on July 2 at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT, who will provide a summary of the current requirements under the Affordable Care Act. Answers about health insurance reimbursement plans have changed over time, and a clear understanding of the law as it stands today is critical. More

Webinar: Resources to help houses of worship prepare for emergencies
DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
This webinar is a collaborative effort between the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships, a center of the White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help connect faith-based and community organizations with tools, resources, and partners to help prepare their houses of worship for all hazards, including active shooter incidents.

Date: Wednesday, July 1

Time: 2 - 3:15 p.m. EDT

How to Join the Webinar:


3 reasons for church membership
Outreach Magazine
Bring up church membership and watch people squirm. It isn't that people in culture are against membership as an idea — Costco seems to be doing well. Perhaps it is because church membership is not often defined well. It’s one of those things that when misunderstood seems a bit like eating your spinach — "at least try it before you decide you don’t like it."More

Mobile church management strategies for any church
Church Tech Today
Ministry isn’t your typical 9 to 5 desk job. Pastors, staff, and even volunteers are often on the go. But when churches use a church management software system to manage their processes and information, they can’t always lug around a computer to access their database. That’s where mobile comes in. Even without a desktop, church staff can stay up-to-date and organized when they’re out of the office. Here are four mobile church management strategies to benefit your church.More

Gmail finally lets you 'undo send' emails you wish you didn't send
Perhaps the best Gmail feature that Google has been testing for years is one you might not even know exists: Undo Send. It delays sending your email for a few seconds after you click Send, so you can take it back if you, for example, spell someone's name wrong. After the feature spent six years in public beta, Google announced in a blog post this week that Undo Send is becoming an official setting.More

3 mistakes churches make with social media
Church Tech Today
When Jesus said “go and make disciples of all nations” his followers listened. And, we’ve been in the business of making disciples ever since. But in recent years social media has changed the playing field. The word “go” and the phrase “all nations” are no longer restricted to physical travel and national borders. Yet, because social media is such an expansive communication technology, we run the risk of abusing the opportunity (or at the very least misusing it).

Related: 16 great examples of church Facebook posts (ChurchMag)More

Study: Millennials respond better to peers than to bosses when asked to give
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Peer-to-peer encouragement is key to boosting participation in workplace charity efforts among millennials, according to a new study. Nearly half of the young people surveyed for the 2015 Millennial Impact Report said they were likely to donate if a coworker asked them to, while only a fifth said they’d probably do so at the request of their companies’ chief executives.More

The rise of religious special events
Eventbrite and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research teamed up to analyze how people are gathering to experience religion through special events, as well as why they’re gathering. Survey results confirmed the relationship between special religious events (outside of worship) and spiritual growth at the individual level. The more often respondents attended special religious events — whether held by their congregation or those hosted outside their faith community — the higher their level of religious involvement in terms of congregational attendance, small group participation, personal scripture reading and prayer, and the importance of faith in their lives.More

California shooting range trains ministers to use guns
USA Today
For seven years, Geof Peabody – owner and instructor at Peabody's Shooting Range – has been teaching his fellow church members how to use guns. Peabody said interest in his class has been growing among the faithful, as they feel a need to be prepared in case of an attack. The shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina Wednesday that left nine black parishioners dead is reinforcing that feeling, and some church members' belief that they may need to pack a gun when they go to worship.More

Assemblies of God defies church growth trends
Charisma Podcast Network
Over the past 25 years, the Assemblies of God, USA, has celebrated consecutive growth and expansion, with more than 3.1 million adherents as of 2014. The denomination's most recent statistics indicate a steady increase in AG adherents in the United States for the 25th year in a row. The final tally comes to 3,146,741 adherents as of 2014 — the highest number on record.More

Bibles pour into Cuba to meet Christianity boom
Christian Broadcasting Network
Christians in Cuba received more than 83,000 Bibles in early June from the International Missions Board. The Bibles come at a time of growth in the evangelical church in Cuba. The Baptist Convention in Cuba is distributing the Bibles to believers in more than 1,000 churches all over the island.More

4 strategies for clearly communicating expectations
Fast Company
Making weather reports – a vague declaration that contains no call to action, and assumes compliance without asking for agreement – is a common mistake among leaders who assume that when they tell someone what they need, it should be understood as an assignment. This kind of casual delegation works with some of the people some of the time, but not with all of the people all of the time.More

An attitude of gratitude in the workplace
By Betty Boyd
How often do you get a thank you from anyone in your organization? Is it once a week, a month or a year? A study conducted by the John Templeton Foundation discovered that the workplace is the least likely place that someone would get a "thank you." In fact, according to the Templeton survey, 60 percent indicated "they either never expressed gratitude at work or do so perhaps once a year." So how can an organization overcome this trend and up the percentages?More

The top complaints from employees about their leaders
Harvard Business Review
If you’re the kind of boss who fails to make genuine connections with your direct reports, take heed: 91 percent of employees say communication issues can drag executives down, according to results from Harvard Business Review’s new Interact/Harris Poll. In the survey, employees called out the kind of management offenses that point to a striking lack of emotional intelligence among business leaders, including micromanaging, bullying, narcissism, indecisiveness, and more. More