The Church Network Weekly Update
Sep. 26, 2014

4 ways to market your digital giving campaigns
Church Tech Today
When it comes to digital giving, far too many churches and nonprofits take the "If we build it, they will come" approach. Don't let this be you! Getting the right platform in place is just the first piece of the puzzle. A successful digital giving program is an ongoing process, but don't worry, it's not nearly as arduous as it can sometimes seem. Here are four things you can do today to ensure you are getting all you can out of your online giving and text-to-give solution.More

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2 symptoms of deep communication issues
By Mark MacDonald
I like indoor plants. They supposedly clean the air with big health benefits, but I really just like the way they look. In a room of hard edges, plants soften the look of a room. I monitor their growth, prune, water and fertilize them as I need to. Occasionally as I'm tending to them, I notice various oddities: yellow leaves, a spider web or wilting branches. All are warning signs. If I don't discover what's causing these symptoms and fix them, I risk losing the whole plant. As you tend to your church, do you notice things that seem wrong?More

Podcast: Richard Hammar on churches, taxes, donations and liability
Research on Religion
Houses of worship are legal organizations and, as such, are subject to a wide variety of laws and regulations regarding taxation, charitable contributions and liability issues. Alas, most congregants, and even a significant number of clergy, don't pay much attention to the legalities of running such an organization. Richard Hammar, an attorney and certified public accountant who specializes in legal and tax issues for clergy as well as running Christianity Today’s Church Law and Tax Report, discusses a smattering of these issues. More

Low-budget leadership development
Faith & Leadership
Jesus says, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Those of us who lead Christian institutions say we treasure leadership development, but we don't set aside funds or time for this work. Perhaps our heart is set on leadership development, but our treasure is yet to follow. Laura Everett found herself in this position at the Massachusetts Council of Churches. They currently don't have a budget line item for leadership development. More

Saying goodbye to volunteer leaders
Leadership Journal
Leaders naturally cycle in and out of ministry. When it's a positive parting of ways, create an environment where the leader is honored for their service and students, parents, and other leaders have a chance to voice their thanks. Make this a consistent ritual for all positive departures. It's a great way to respect someone's legacy, to help students understand that they're not being abandoned, and to communicate to the larger church body that all people are valued in the youth ministry.More

1 in 4 pastors have struggled with mental illness
Christianity Today
Your pastor is just as likely to experience mental illness as any other American, according to a LifeWay Research survey commissioned by Focus on the Family. Nearly 1 in 4 pastors (23 percent) acknowledge they have "personally struggled with mental illness," and half of those pastors said the illness had been diagnosed, according to the poll. One in four U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.More

Tim Keller's Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus
Christian Headlines
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015. The partnership between Redeemer and Reformed Theological Seminary fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York.More

Peggy Goetz on churches and stroke survivors
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Stroke is a leading cause of disability in adults around the world, so your congregation probably includes — or will soon include — stroke survivors. And about a third of stroke survivors suffer from some form of communication impairment. Peggy Goetz researches the experience of stroke survivors in their church communities.More

How to be the most productive person in your office and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
The Week
Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. So Eric Barker decided to call a friend who manages to do this and more – Cal Newport. He's insanely productive and yet he finishes work at 5:30 p.m.More

3 reasons why financial giving culture has changed
Ministry Best Practices
Church giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. CPA Jeff Anderson shares three unique reasons why the church giving culture is becoming increasingly different ... and dysfunctional.More

Staff compensation consumes a major portion of large church budgets
Church Law & Tax
Large churches spend slightly less than half their total budget on staffing costs, according to a study recently released by Leadership Network in partnership with Vanderbloemen Search Group. The 2014 Large Church Salary Report is based on responses from 727 churches in North America.More

Maryland Church evangelizes the community one load of laundry at a time
Christian Post
For Maryland pastor Bobby Manning, discipleship starts even before people walk through the church doors; it starts with impacting a community. To prove it, Manning and his church, First Baptist Church of District Heights, bought out a local laundromat for five hours on a Saturday and cleaned the community's garments for free.More

Intergenerational friendships and the future of the church
Faith & Leadership
Andy Root, while reflecting on Bonhoeffer's Theses on Youth Work, reflects that we should not set youth in the church apart as privileged and special. Around these parts, it's been said that overinvesting of the young prompts the renewal of the church. While these things may seem contradictory, in fact they are not.More

How to be the most productive person in your office – and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
The Week
Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting. We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done. So Eric Barker decided to call a friend who manages to do this and more – Cal Newport. He's insanely productive and yet he finishes work at 5:30 p.m. every day and rarely works weekends. Here are a few of Cal's secrets on how you can better manage your time, stop being lazy, get more done — and be finished by 5:30. More

Transforming from a reluctant leader into a smart leader
By Betty Boyd
Leaders are role models to the workforce. Have you ever had a leader who could never make a decision no matter how much information was at his disposal? Did you ever know a leader who took too long in her decision-making process? There are always trade-offs when making a decision. If you decide too quickly or hastily, mistakes can be made. But being risk averse can often be a bigger issue for organizations. If you are too slow, then you may miss an opportunity. When a leader becomes reluctant, the organization can become ineffective.More

Fix bad habits: Insights from a 7-year obsession
Many people make a commitment every January to start exercising. And, by February, many of them have already given up. That's because sustaining good behaviors normally takes a lot of effort. But with habits, you don't need willpower, they just happen. This concept had huge appeal. Even if perfect automation were impossible, if you could make those behaviors much easier, then life would become more enjoyable as well.More