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No Strategic Plan? Huge Mistake!

A Harvard Business article lists the 17 fundamental traits of organizational effectiveness. The first and most poignant one is that “everyone [in your organization] has a good idea of the decisions and actions for which he or she is responsible.” It seems pretty basic, right? Do you have a “good idea” of the decision and actions each person in your organization is responsible for, including the board of directors? If not, the strategic road map for the organization is lacking. We often talk about strategic planning but, semantically, if want to take it to the next level,…

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The Church and ParaChurch can THRIVE Together

From 2008-2011 I served on the staff of a small church in Arizona as the Associate Pastor. For those not familiar with small churches, that means the Exec. Pastor, Missions Pastor, Local Outreach and Youth Pastor combined with grounds and janitorial sometimes thrown in just to keep me humble. In a small church that is just the way it is. No complaints –  a fantastically fulfilling time of my life. As part of those duties I was often the first line in receiving phone calls from para-church organizations. As a former para-church guy, I always had…

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13 Senior Pastor Mistakes That Flatline Growth

The following is a guest post from Brian Jones of Senior Pastor…

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ACN Adds New Member to their Board of Directors

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Association of Christian Nonprofits (ACN) (https://www.christiannonprofits.org) announced…

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Board of Directors Job Responsibilities

  Any member in a position of leadership in the organization, holding a position on the Board of Directors, or serving on committees, or in chapter leadership, who feels they are unable to support the mission and written policies of the organization, should tender a resignation as a volunteer leader.  Non-church nonprofits should consider developing an official Board of Directors Job Description that outlines everything that is expected of a board member. In addition 501c3 nonprofits should expect 4-6 board meetings a year with at least one in person to fulfill the federal requirements. The following…

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What You Need To Know Before Starting A Nonprofit

Introduction We are very excited that you have decided to venture in to the great area of starting a new nonprofit organization. Starting new ventures are exciting and full of anticipation.  However, there are several areas of information that you should be aware of when you start a new nonprofit. There are questions you must ask yourself first.  “Why do you want to start a nonprofit?” “What kind of nonprofit structure are you wanting create?”, etc.  There is really good information available to help you answer these important questions.  We recommend you read through 10 Questions…

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Multitasking Has It’s Downside

  This post is a repost of an original written by Ernie Smith at Associations Now.  You can read the original here.   Why taking a step back from doing multiple tasks at once may be the best decision you’ll make all day.  Tackling several tasks simultaneously can feel really good if done right. The problem is, this strategy is often done wrong, and it’s easy to get offtrack. Plus, when it’s done wrong, it can really stress you out. That’s the take of Votenet Marketing Director Jenn Barton, who says that you may just be better…

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Ambushed in the Church Parking Lot

  This article was originally posted at ChurchExecutive.com in October, 2014. It has been reposted by permission.   Examining mandatory reporting of “reportable” sexual offenses involving minors It’s Sunday morning, and a senior pastor is walking across the church parking lot. He’s still processing the sermon he just delivered. Trying to focus on a thousand other details, he notices a 30-something male — a church member — approaching. “Pastor, I need to tell someone,” the man says. “I viewed child pornography online multiple times in the past month, and I feel terrible about it.” Before the pastor…

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Something Better Than Success

Early this week I had a breakdown in my usual upbeat attitude…

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Are Evangelicals Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage?

  If you were to read the Time.com story, “How Evangelicals Are…

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What is a Nonprofit?

[alert type=”muted” close=”false” heading=”Member Resource”]The following article is part of the FREE…

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Infographic: 22 Expert Tips on Fundraising

Question: “If you could tell a new itinerating missionary one thing about raising funds, what would it be?”  Lucky for you, someone already asked that question. Jen Fortner, creator of Financial Partnership Development asked this question to 22 FULLY-FUNDED field workers (ok, pause. Go ahead and say that fast 10 times….since you are anyway).  The following infographic represents their responses.  Thanks Jen for such a great resource! (click on image to enlarge)   [gap size=”100px”]

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