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The Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego reports that companies whose leadership was rated high in ethics, employee motivation, employee development and communication enjoy 20% higher profits. Employee replacement costs range from $5,700 to $50,000 per person, not counting the immeasurable cost of know-ledge loss. (The Foster Network & The Magic of TeamWork: Proven Principles of Building a Winning Team by Pat Williams)

 
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Future Declin:e A new Barna survey discovered that adults who attended church as a child are twice as likely to read the Bible during a typical week as are those who avoided churches when young; twice as likely to attend a church worship service in a typical week; and nearly 50% more likely to pray to God during a typical week. However, adults under 35 who were unchurched children were less likely to engage in any of these activities than were their churched-as-children adult counterparts. George Barna states that he is not surprised by the generational divergence. “We have been tracking the religious behaviors and inclination of teenagers for two decades and have seen a pronounced growth in the notion among young people that involvement in organized religious activity is optional and, in many cases, of no personal value. Millions of teenagers are involved in church-related activities each week, but their motivation is relational rather than spiritual. Once their relational networks change upon graduation from high school and college, we expect a continued decline in church attendance among the emerging generation unless churches revamp their ministries to reflect the unique cultural customs and expectations of the new breed of young people.” (Barna Research Online 11/5/01)


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Plan—Then Implement: Small Business Computing, 6/24, outlines the critical groundwork to tackle before you are ready to start speaking to your target market audience. Focus on the specifics of your business/ministry and your audience: Who are you? What are your objectives and strategic considerations? To whom are you communicating? Why should your audience want to hear from you at this time? How will you successfully address their needs and motivations? Simple questions but not easy ones to answer! But answer them you must to avoid falling into the trap of focusing on the “how,” not the “what” or “why,” of marketing. Persuading people to take action requires understanding the fundamentals of marketing and how it supports sales. Your goal is to market intentionally through your chosen advertising and sales medium. Internationality demands an honest appraisal of all the players. (Foster Letter 1/10/03)

 
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SERVANTHOOD AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH

I surveyed my church to see if people saw a relationship between ministering to others and spiritual growth. When asked, "To what extent has your ministry or service to others affected your spiritual growth?," 92 percent answered positively. None responded that ministry had a negative effect on their spiritual growth. Sixty-three percent indicated that service was equally significant in their spiritual growth compared to other spiritual disciplines, such as Bible study and prayer. Twenty-four percent responded that ministry or service to others had been "a more significant factor" to their spiritual growth than Bible study or prayer. Over half (58 percent) of those who were not actively ministering to others felt either "not satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied" with their level of spiritual growth. [Eric Swanson What You Get from Giving (Leadership Journal, Spring 2003), p. 37]

The survey shows what the Bible has said for centuries: "Serving is good for you because it will make you happy and it will have eternal value." The problem comes into serving when the person who serves comes with the wrong attitude.

Listen to what Bill Hybels has to say about this: "The right motivation for Christian service is love. When we discover God loves us with an everlasting love and that we matter deeply to him, we want to serve. He has given us salvation as a free gift. He has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. He has shed the blood of His most precious Son as a sin sacrifice for undeserving souls like ourselves. When all of that comes together and clicks, an unquenchable, divine energy is infused into the spirit of the believer. There is an insatiable desire to return love to God. That love is returned to God through worship and service. It is so natural that anything short of passionate service seems unnatural. One major cause of servant drop-out is faulty motivation. Some people are motivated to serve beca...

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Social Justice, contrary to conventional wisdom, is more actively supported by evangelicals than mainline Protestants finds Calvin College research fellow Stephen Monsma. Of 500 welfare-to-work programs studied, 96 were Protestant programs, 61 sponsored by evangelical churches vs. 35 by mainlines. Among the evangelicals, 4% encourage their clients to make personal religious commitments and 7% use religious values and motivations to encourage clients to change their attitudes or values. 51% of the evangelical programs receive government funding compared to 40% of the mainline programs. Monsma says, “Evangelical programs can compete with anyone else in terms of effectiveness.” (Christianity Today 7/06)

 
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John Williams of J.C. Williams Group, the 3rd largest consulting firm in the world, delivered some revealing and enlightening observations on the changing face of retail at a recent CBA gathering. These changes reach beyond retail to virtually every organization in America. They are:
· Time deepening is causing stress. Because of the continuing exponential rise in demands from job, family, church, and relationships—Americans are more time starved than ever before. As a result, more and more are finding ways to do several things at once, e.g. drive and listen, phone, eat, shave, apply make-up, etc. In fact 22% of Americans will not even take a vacation this year.
· People are spending less on stuff and more on experience. This doesn’t mean they will spend less, it means their motivation for spending is changing. Two of the biggest motivators are to ‘find’ more time, and to acquire a stress-free experience. One way they can ‘find’ time is to buy a brand they can trust to sh...

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State Of Giving: 83% of U.S. adults donated money to one or more non-profit organizations last year. The rate has remained stable for the last 10 years. Barna Research Group found the least likely donors were under the age 25, never attended college, residents of the Northeast, atheists and agnostics, Asians and Hispanics. The average amount donated per person was $1232 indicating, the typical person gave away about 3% of their income. 65% donated some to a church or place of worship. A remarkable 97% of Evangelicals gave, followed by 85% of born again Christians, 80% of political conservatives, 76% of upscale adults and 76% of Protestants. Church giving averaged $895 per donor (up $89 from ’99); Protestants averaged $1304 while evangelical gave $3250 each. Catholics averaged $547 apiece. George Barna says there are 5 significant barriers to more generous giving; (1) Lack the motivation to give away money because the church has failed to provide a compelling vision for how it will make a difference. (2) Don’t see a sufficient return on investme...

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