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To tithe or not to tithe?
Associated Baptist Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The issue of tithing — traditionally understood as 10 percent — has perplexed churchgoers for years. Interpretation and denominational practice usually set the tone for givers, often with tension between giving as law or "old covenant" or as grace under the "new covenant" — both biblically based. Are Christians required to give 10 percent of their income to the church? Is it based on gross or net income? Would God accept less in hard times? More

Call for contributors
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NACBA Weekly Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NACBA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Colby Horton to discuss logistics and payment.

10 steps to eliminate abuse in your church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We are hearing about more and more sexual abuse stories involving churches, and there are still more besides, as the problem is certainly more prevalent than just what we see reported. Quite often, in retrospect, these cases reveal not simply mistakes made but systemic dysfunctions in a church community and a church's discipleship culture. More

Successful Outreach through Special Events
The key to successful outreach is offering special events that are tailored to the people the church wants to reach. For practical advice on starting and maintaining an effective special events ministry and reaching out to the community more efficiently, download the ACS ministry guide Events from Start to Finish.

Register now for website analysis webinar on Jan. 24
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Stay informed with the latest information about church administration. 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. More

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Establishing an arbitration policy for church staff disputes
Managing Your Church    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Disputes occasionally arise between church employees or between an employee and the church itself. These disputes can be costly and time consuming and cause a breakdown in relationships. And if an employee sues the church, the lawsuit may not be covered under the church's liability insurance policy as a result of an exclusion for employment practices. Church board members need to be concerned about reducing the likelihood of such disputes. More

Could the new tax code actually increase giving?
Evangelical Christian Credit Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taxes have gone up, and we are all concerned about the potential negative impact on giving to our ministries. Should we be bracing for lower donations, or is it possible the tax code changes could actually be beneficial? To find out, let's take a look at several provisions in the new tax code. More

Unclutter your church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What needs to die in your church? We begin the journey of restarting your church by allowing for, even encouraging, places of death. Look around you with fresh eyes, and you will see obvious signs of the past still trying to shackle life in your church. The first thing we typically see in churches is clutter. Enormous amounts of clutter and disorganization. Clutter that looks like hoarding. More

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Simple Steps to Streamlined Facility Scheduling
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The death of the mall and the future of church buildings
The Christian Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The future of American shopping malls is tenuous. Sales are down. Numbers of malls have closed or they are on the precipice of closing. Vacancy rates are up. Is it then fair to suggest any relationship between the decline of the malls and the future of the church buildings? More

Why listening is better than talking
CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While executives endlessly get coaching in presentation skills, very few develop their listening skills. Which could, of course, explain a lot of routine miscommunication at work. Being a world class listener isn't automatic or easy, so here are some ideas about how to develop your skills. More

3 solutions for handling the cellphone struggle
ChurchTechToday    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With all of the good technology brings into the world, it has brought about issues that we have to learn to work with or overcome. The number one issue on Sunday morning or at youth group on Wednesday nights is the distraction of cellphones. So how does the church deal with it? Know that whatever you say should be thought out, with a purpose, and realize that there will be consequences. More

More young people are moving away from religion, but why?
NPR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
AudioBrief One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don't belong to any religion. NPR's David Greene wanted to understand why, so he gathered a roundtable of young people at a synagogue in Washington, D.C. More

Infographic: Social media trends churches must understand
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For churches, social media does more than reach people; it lets staff actually connect and relate with their community. Check out this up-to-date look at how certain social media trends should be understood by churches looking to engage a mobile, on-the-go culture. More


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Don't hire the perfect candidate
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Companies often throw good money after bad when looking for the perfect candidate for an open position. Due to the lingering effects of the recession and the perception of a glut of talent, hiring managers are still picky about their hires and many jobs remain unfilled. More

Judgment Day for church floors
Worship Facilities    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Floors in all types of locations, including many church facilities, receive unrelenting foot traffic throughout the year. Because of this, a high-gloss shine can very quickly lose its luster. And when it does, the floor's appearance can and usually does reflect poorly on the facility and its management. More

The scariest 60 seconds in the church
Wesleyan Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most churches have a moment in the service where you are asked to stand and "greet the people around you." This is said with smiling warmth from the person on the platform. This person, by the way, typically stays on their platform perch protected from the angst and anxiety they have just created in the hearts of many. The motivation is pure enough, but we need to do this in a different way. More

Why people work harder on problems than they need to
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In virtually every business, organization or family in the world today, people are doing their best to solve problems. And that's admirable. Yet most are working way harder than they should. Instead of thinking more about our problems, here's the way we should approach them. More

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