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Here in Central Indiana we have recently seen three rather public cases involving trusted church employees who embezzled large sums of money from their congregations. In at least one case, no one seems to have suspected anything amiss until the congregation ran out of money. How could this happen?
According to church tax and law expert Richard Hammar, "...embezzlement is a relatively common occurrence in churches. As a result, it is important for church leaders to take this risk seriously."
Being prepared can help congregations deal with the upcoming flu season, the H1N1 virus and other emergencies. Two free on-line articles explore precautions, preparedness, communications and management in times of increased illness and pandemic.
More than two-thirds of congregations in the current recession reported that their fundraising receipts increased or remained the same in the first half of 2009 compared to 2008, even as the recession was worsening.
The Center for Congregations is receiving more and more requests for resources related to multi-site churches.
Did you ever wonder how many Methodists there were in Mooresville? Or Baptists in Brownstown? Or Pentecostals in Peru?
Congregations of all kinds are thinking about and acting on issues of sustainability and caring for God's creation. On September 30, 2009, lay leaders from four Indianapolis congregations talked about eco-friendly projects and ministries in their faith communities.
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The Alban Institute releases its ten most-read Alban Weekly articles published in 2009. Topics range from ministry during difficult economic times to prayer in board meetings. Click here to check them out!
This time of the year the Center gets calls about evaluation, staff reviews and other personnel committee type questions. As is the case with most congregational issues, there are many resources available - some are just right for your congregation and some are not.
A common tool for clergy evaluation is a survey. Another tool that is becoming more recognized is the 360 degree feedback.
I have dabbled in poetry most of my adult life, even though much of it was written as prose and delivered as sermon. Lately I have been more given to verse, which I find a greater challenge and a different kind of satisfaction.