1. The obscure word that threatens your church’s tax exemption. “To be exempt from federal income taxation, a church must satisfy several conditions enumerated in section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. One of these conditions is that no part of a church's net earnings may 'inure' to the personal benefit of an insider. A related condition is that a church cannot provide a substantial 'private benefit' to anyone. It is important for church leaders to be familiar with these conditions since a violation jeopardizes a church's tax-exempt status” (“The Tax Code’s ‘No Inurement’ Benefit,” by Richard R. Hammar, Church Law & Tax Report).
2. One tap to productivity. “(E)ven after all the delegating and streamlining and boundary setting and ruthless eliminating, leading a church is still a big job. There’s just a lot to do. (These ten) tools won’t make your ministry a breeze, but they should make it a little easier for you to breathe, including this one:
Captio: An iTunes app that lets you email yourself a note with one tap. It’s not near the service Evernote provides, but if you live-and-die by your email, this on-the-go app will ensure you don’t lose that key thought. As one reviewer put it: 'Perfect for what it is'"
(“Top 10 Productivity Tools for Pastors,“ by Drew Dyck, LeadershipJournal.net).
3. When to hire an executive pastor. “Simply put, you hire an Executive Pastor when you are trying to break the 800 barrier. This person is often a rare leader with corporate experience and a heart for God. No two Executive Pastors are alike, but all have three things in common: (1) the Senior Pastor trusts this person with their life, (2) they are gifted enough leaders to be a peer with the Senior Pastor (hence “Executive staff”), and (3) they know how to build infrastructure” (“When Should I Hire an Executive Pastor?” by Brian Jones, Pastors.com).
4. To lead better, get more sleep. “(S)leep deficiencies can undermine important forms of leadership behavior and eventually hurt financial performance. Sleep deprivation impairs the ability to focus attention selectively: Research shows that after roughly 17 to 19 hours of wakefulness (say, at 11 PM or 1 AM for someone who got up at 6 AM), individual performance on a range of tasks is equivalent to that of a person with a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. That’s the legal drinking limit in many countries” (“There’s a Proven Link Between Effective Leadership and Getting Enough Sleep,” by Nick van Dam and Els van der Helm, hbr.org).
5. Notable quote. “Managers work with processes—leaders work with people.” —John C. Maxwell (via Peter Economy, inc.com).
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