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Top 5 Cloud Accounting Software Concerns and How to Overcome Them


Recently, nonprofits, churches, ministries, and 501c(3) organizations completed a survey identifying their concerns about using cloud accounting software. This article will cover those concerns with resolutions. The following graph displays the percentage breakout for the five concerns that will be discussed in this article.

The Spiritual Practice of Creating Margin

My weary body slid into the lounge chair by the pool like Derek Jeter stealing second base — out of breath, a bit scuffed up and like I had taken something I wasn’t supposed to have: a break. The previous few weeks had been a bit relentless with projects and deadlines and meetings and conferences that all seemed so perfectly reasonable months before when I put them on my then blank and inviting calendar....

4 Questions to Build Trust and Have Your Expectations Met


Every day, from the time we wake up and our feet hit the floor, we are managing expectations. Expectations others have of us., and expectations we have of them. Underlying expectations are needs. You have a core human need to be of value to the people with whom you live and work. You have a need to be successful in your work and in your life. Others share this need.

An Ethic of Generosity Giving Well Takes Practice 


Most professions have codes of ethics. Fundraisers do, too (for example, see the Association of Fundraising Professionals). These ethical standards are essential but can only be expected to do so much. While I am perhaps being overly cynical, most often they live on the websites of our nonprofits, foundations, or professional organizations and remain forgotten until we need to update proper policies and procedures or orient new employees. 

Turning Your Vacation into a Sabbatical

 
Each of us takes a vacation every year for one, two, three, or more weeks. The problem, however, is that we take on the culture’s view of “vacations,” treating them simply as days off away from work.Let me suggest a larger biblical perspective, one that sees them as Sabbatical gifts from the Lord our God. Once Geri and I began to do so 12 years ago, it completely transformed the way we prepared and planned.

7 Reasons Your Church is Emailing Wrong


Churches have a lot going on. Ministries and programs flood our calendars, not to mention sermon series and vision castings. Our leaders want everyone to hear everything. Except more and more, people are spending less and less time paying attention. How on earth do we effectively communicate to our congregations?