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How to Make Church Budget Planning for 2018 More Productive

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The end of the year is drawing closer and the annual budget needs to be considered and planning meetings should shed light on best steps to take as we flip to a new calendar. Taking time now to reflect on your church's goals and how best to achieve them will make itemizing and breaking down 2018 less of a chore and more of an opportunity growth. Strike Up a Conversation Talk to your ministry leaders and volunteer leaders. Ask how things are going, if they have any current needs, and what they'd like to see change. Ask about their future plans for growth. You will harvest plenty of useful information to bring to the budget planning table with support and evidence from your investigation. Think About the Bottom Line When Looking at Your Overhead As you go through the remainder of the year, think about how each facet of the church pertains to worship, ministry,...
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Social Media Practices to Protect Your Organization

Social Media Practices to Protect Your Organization
Social media sometimes comes under fire for the inflammatory content that some people publicly post on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Yet at the same time, social media is also a great place to reach people, interact, and grow your audience base. How do you make sure your organization’s outreach is optimal on social media? Follow these social media best practices below. Post responsibly. Use a measured tone. Don't overreact. Have a specific point that you want to make with your social media post. Are you providing information on an organizational function? Are you encouraging dialogue with the youth group? It's good to think of how each post fits into your overall plan for the organization. Don't simply react to content you have seen. Some social media content is posted just to get a reaction from people. Remember that, and don't take the bait. If you are quoting articles...
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Tips for Hosting a Food Drive This Holiday Season

Tips for Hosting a Food Drive This Holiday Season
According to Feeding America , 12 percent of households in America experience food insecurity. The holidays are a perfect time to help our neighbors by organizing a food drive to help those in need in your local area. How Do I Get Started? First, you'll want to select the local organization that will receive your donations. Once you've narrowed down your list of candidates, reach out to the charity to determine their needs and the best way to deliver their donations. Organizing the Event Once you've contacted the beneficiary of the food drive, now it's time to begin the planning process: Determine how the food will be collected. Will there be multiple drop-off locations or only a single place for people to leave donations? How will the drive be staffed? Figure out how many volunteers will be needed to host the drive, including any team leaders needed. Meet with the team...
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Energy Saving Ideas for Churches and Nonprofits: Easy Tips to Conserve

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Energy conservation is a popular topic, affecting everything from car manufacturing to the type of light bulbs we use. Electricity-producing wind turbines have given new meaning to the idea of farming. Solar panels are overtaking roof shingles. Even the dairy case in the grocery stores turns its light off when no one is around. Most of us are aware of the increasing need for energy conservation, but why is it so important? The easiest answer: Because our energy resources will run out. Energy comes in two different forms: Renewable and Nonrenewable. Renewable resources are things like wind and sun - these things are always available. Nonrenewable resources include oil, gas, and coal. The earth holds only so much of this type of energy before it will be gone. As this depletion occurs, the ideas of conserving energy use and shifting to renewable resources become increasingly important. Other reasons that energy...
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Preparing Your Church for Unpredictable Spring Weather

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When thinking of spring weather, many people picture mild, blue-sky days, but in reality, spring weather can be pretty unpredictable. Since we do live in the Midwest, there could be an early heat wave, but there could also be heavy rain or terrible storms. To get your church ready for whatever spring weather brings, there are several key steps you can take in preparation. Keep cleaning materials handy . When a rain or snow storm coincides with a church service, water and mud can get tracked into the church, which could create slipping hazards and damage flooring. Keep mops, buckets and vacuum cleaners close. Ensure proper ventilation . If it has been a cold winter, the church windows may not have been opened for months. Make sure that all the windows still open easily in order to ensure proper ventilation. That can help keep the church at a comfortable temperature...
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