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Burned by Consultants: How to get what you need without getting burned

This article examines various levels of consultants from “local heroes” to “major league professionals.” It offers practical advice on how to find the expertise you need. One can eliminate most of the risk with a few simple safeguards. Essentially, take time to find the right fit with the right person and get it in writing.

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Christ-centered Associations

Christ-centered Associations

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ECFA's Accreditation Model Stands the Test of Time

Many givers and nonprofits are frustrated with the Internet rating systems that often inaccurately and incompletely rate charities. Academic studies now challenge the upstart rating services head-on. ECFA got it right thirty years ago and today provides a model of accreditation in the world of Christ-centered organizations.

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Evaluation of Marketing Programs

Recommends principles and guidelines to consider when evaluating potential marketing programs for a ministry

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God Is First

Wayne Pederson, HCJB Global, shares valuable reminders to leaders of Christ-centered organizations.  He shares the wonderful quote from A.W. Tozer: “A true and safe leader has no desire to lead but is forced into a position by inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of circumstances.”

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How Proponents of Religious Freedom and Faith-based Service Can Gear up for Action

Faith-based organization, donors, volunteers and other supporters of faith-based organizations can be prepared to take a proactive stance when action is needed on threats to religious freedom.

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If You Can't Stand the Heat . . .

Wess Stafford poignantly describes the education in integrity he received as a child in a poor West African village.  He reminds us:  “Integrity doesn’t require perfection, but it does require consistent sincerity, that we are honest about who we really are and what we really do.”

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Information System Policies

Information Systems

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Is Your Data Secure?

Keeping your congregants' and donors' personal information secure is more than a matter of integrity; it's a legal matter as well.

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Leadership in Tough Financial Times

Tough financial times generally require tough decisions

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Level 5 Accountability: Developing a trusted relationship

What is the deal with accountability? Those who need it aren’t being held accountable by anyone. Those who offer it don’t have any takers. Those who are seeking it can’t seem to find it.

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Management Fads: How to tell the next breakthrough innovation from a pet rock

Remember MBWA? We’ve seen plenty of management fads in the past few decades. This article highlights 25 of them. Beneath the hype, each is usually based on something that works and offers enduring management wisdom.

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Ministry Activities on the Internet

ECFA Advisory Opinion on ministry activities on the Internet

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Preserving Staff, Money, and Mission

Discusses conflict resolution and peace¬making for Christian nonprofits

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Religious Liberty Alert Webinars-On-Demand

The Religious Liberty Alert Webinar with Steve McFarland, World Vision, discusses recent development regarding ministries’' religious freedom in hiring.

By listening to this Webinar-On-Demand, you will learn:

  • What organizations are at risk?
  • What rights are at stake?
  • Where are the current threats?
  • What would be the effect?
  • How can we defend our rights?
  • How can we respond to the media?

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The Team Building Trap: Three critical elements in building strong teams

What is the trap? It’s putting your staff through team-building sessions that don’t produce any lasting results. Teams are not built by off-site retreats, but by men and women committed to each other and to accomplishing a lofty goal. The article explores the dynamics of forming and leading high-performing teams.

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The Ultimate Test of Leadership

Our actions impact the ministry decades or even centuries in the future. The ultimate tests of leadership include maintaining mission integrity, assuring visionary flexibility, building a cohesive climate, facilitating communal morale, insisting on financial discipline, encouraging institutional loyalty, and investing in organizational momentum.

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Three Questions on Integrity

Few search for wisdom and integrity from God's unfathomable reserves to establish who they are. Franklin Graham, President of Samaritan's Purse and The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, examines three questions on integrity: Who has integrity? How does one obtain integrity? What does integrity exhibit?

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Top Nonprofit Issues for the Commission

The Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations is focusing on a litany of nonprofit tax policy issues.  Our interview with Michael Batts, Commission Chairman, provides an excellent understanding of these issues and we invite your comments on them.

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When You are New in the Leader Chair

Leadership Transitions can be filled with, “an assortment of landmines that even the most savvy leader can detonate,” says Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute.  

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Why ECFA Does Not Rate Ministries

Explains why ECFA does not apply a rating system to ministries

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