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Less Chaos. Less Noise: Effective Communications for an Effective Church
Written by a communications expert, this book sharpens congregational practices to better spread messages and achieve communication goals.
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Making Planned Giving Work

Planned giving doesn’t need to be a complicated challenge for your congregation. By following these principles, your congregation can start securing the financial future of your ministries.

Everyone needs a will.
Some people assume planned giving only applies to the very wealthy. The reality is that most people need a will, so a good starting point is to educate the congregation about the importance of having a will. As part of that conversation, invite people to include a final gift to the congregation in their wills. The vast majority of planned gifts arrive at the congregation in this manner.

Your faith community is uniquely positioned to talk about end-of-life issues.
Planned giving is best seen as a ministry. You can help people approach the end of life and stewardship of their assets from the perspective of their faith. Your congregation should root this conversation in your own faith tradition’s teachings about life and death, helping congregants to think about managing their assets based on what they most deeply believe and value.

Link this topic to your mission and vision.
Potential donors need to envision what your congregation could do with their gifts. Share your vision and help people to see how they could leave a legacy by supporting your congregation’s ongoing mission or a particular ministry or program. Make sure your congregation has a gift acceptance policy and a plan to receive and manage gifts through an endowment or other special fund. These tools will be helpful to your congregation and important to share with potential donors.

Congregations don’t need expertise in tax and legal issues.
The role of the congregational leader is to explain why planned giving is important in terms of faith and values and to share how the congregation can benefit from a planned gift. To determine the most beneficial planned giving vehicle, refer the individual donor to his/her attorney or tax advisor.

Rely on resources from your denomination or partner with your community foundation.
A number of denominations have resources to help congregations plan and promote wills and planned giving. Some denominations also offer a foundation to manage a congregation’s endowment fund. Consult your local community foundation as a possible partner in setting up an endowment fund and receiving planned gifts.

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AdMinistry: The Nuts and Bolts of Church Administration
This book offers insight to manage a budget, organize personnel, and deal with the technical aspects of running an organization.
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The Circle Way for Communities of Faith
The Circle Way provides a process to foster open conversations and communal decision-making.
software
Givelify
This free mobile app empowers congregations to offer online giving.
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Smart Church Staff Evaluations: A Guide to Performance Appraisals That Motivate, Develop & Reward Church Employees
Written by a business consultant, this book is an overview of performance management basics and provides an introduction of performance appraisal as a way to determine pay raises.
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Smart Church Job Descriptions: A Collection of 45 Sample Job Descriptions for Church Employees
This resource uses a hypothetical congregation with 45 workers to clarify questions about staff structure and can be adapted to fit a congregation's specific needs.
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The Power of Listening: Building Skills for Mission and Ministry
Based on 65 interviews with members of various congregations, this book focuses on all aspects of listening --- listening within the congregation, listening to the wider community, listening to God, and obstacles to listening.
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The Church Leader's Guide to Personality and Performance Assessments
This article reviews a variety of personality assessments for congregations considering using the assessments in the hiring process or to nurture teamwork.
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Online Giving Options for Congregations and Synods
This guide outlines factors to consider when deciding how to offer online giving for your congregation.
media
Social Media Church
This podcast features various church leaders discussing how they use social media to engage people online.
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Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement
This research-based guide dives into how to strategically engage Millennials as constituents, volunteers, donors and employees.
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