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Topic: Finances

August 15, 2013

Developing a new financial model begins with an inventory of assets and liabilities

Conventional thinking about raising new money will not be as effective as in the past, so institutional leaders need to think differently.

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June 27, 2011

Melissa Wiginton: Ministry a la carte?

Charging flat-rate fees for clergy services is probably not the answer for unemployed M.Div. grads, but in a time of anxiety over ministry positions, we need to be clear about why not.

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November 29, 2012

Innovation and the bottom line

Maintaining a creative institutional culture doesn’t mean abandoning the budget. A free resource explores how innovation and business thinking can -- and should -- exist together.

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July 6, 2010

Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Soccer Sundays
  • Clergy for immigration reform
  • Compensation for Gulf churches?
  • CoE fight over bishop appointment
  • God beyond us
  • On the Jesus Trail
  • Blow your top
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August 29, 2013

What size should your organization be?

The size of a ministry affects services offered, financial model, member commitment and more. Determining the right scale is key to effective planning.

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January 17, 2012

Carol Howard Merritt: Supporting startup congregations

What role does financial independence play in defining a church?

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June 13, 2013

Building a sustainable institution takes planning, political skill and investment in people

A hospital founded in Burgundy, France, in 1443 illustrates how to extend your mission over time.

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April 25, 2011

Monday's News & Ideas

  • Jesuit influence remains
  • Archbishop addresses six-year-old
  • Christianity in China
  • Lessons from microfinance crisis
  • God and cheating
  • Pope's political Easter message
  • Under the Temple Mount
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September 5, 2013

Articulate your institution’s mission, then develop the financial model

The programs and services you offer must align with your mission, and decisions about staffing, facilities needs and revenue sources follow.

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January 26, 2012

Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Mormon envy?
  • Gay marriage returns
  • Chicago Archdiocese bonds
  • Life after priesthood
  • Time management myth
  • London's homeless guides
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