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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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How Should Your Church Treat Pastor Book Sales?

The senior pastor of a church has written a book. This intellectual property is owned by the minister. The church does not sell the book, but it does generously promote the book on its website. On the one hand, the church benefits from the brand recognition in connection with the book. On the other hand, the minister benefits by the royalties received from book sales as a result of the church’s promotion. How should this matter be evaluated by the church?

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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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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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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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Wise Cloud Strategies

How and whether to keep the data for your church on the cloud is a topic often discussed and less frequently clearly understood.  IT expert Nick Nicholaou, president of MBS, tackles this hot topic and clarifies the difference between the private and public side of the cloud.

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