NACBA Weekly Update
Feb. 28, 2014

Is your mobile workforce exposing you to unseen risks?
By Paul Starkman
Bring-your-own-device to work has fast become a popular trend as employees often prefer to use a single smartphone, laptop and tablet for both work and personal use. Initially, companies embraced BYOD as a workforce management strategy that fulfilled employees' demands for flexibility while lowering telecommunication expenses. Now it's become clear that BYOD also comes with many business risks that require further review, evaluation and action to reduce growing concerns with security, compliance and privacy issues.More

TeleWeb: Tax and legal update for the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act is now law, and organizations are seeking to understand its impact on their benefit plans. Although the implementation of the law is still unfolding, many facts are known and organizations must respond. Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST March 6 for a NACBA TeleWeb with Frank Sommerville. The one-hour session provides clear insight to the current state of the law and actions that should be taken regarding the Affordable Care Act.More

5 ways churches can improve their chances for a loan
Managing Your Church
For churches that need capital to expand their ministry work, and navigate the flips and twists that come with that work, their best chances for success will only come from demonstrating their highest levels of financial management ability in good times and bad. While the economy continues to mend from the Great Recession of five years ago, the recovery has created a new reality for banking and lending, placing increased scrutiny on churches looking to secure a loan for a building project or ministry initiative.More

'My church's website is my favorite,' said no one ever
By Mark MacDonald
What is your favorite website? What site do you go to over and over again? It's probably not your church's — even if you designed and produced it. And the sobering truth is; that your congregation will never say your church website is their favorite place to go online either. It will never happen. So should we just give up on creating a good church website then? No. In fact, on the contrary, let's take a look at America's favorite websites and learn from them.More

The importance of screening both paid and unpaid children's workers
Church Law & Tax
News reports have spotlighted the problem of child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, but Protestant churches also have reason to be concerned. Research indicates that over the past 10 years, approximately 3,500 churches per year have responded to allegations of sexual misconduct in church programs involving children or youth. Thousands of churches have taken steps to reduce this problem. Yet much more still needs to be done. More

7 steps to hiring great hourly employees
By Mel Kleiman
Most employers don't take a systematic approach to hiring, especially when it comes to hourly employees. They just post an ad on their website or a job board, collect applications, interview a few people and choose one. Unfortunately, this no-system, easy-hire approach is self-defeating. It tells every applicant you just need a body to fill the position. And it's why the person hired will often turn out to have an "it's just a job" attitude because that's the impression the employer gave them. The better approach is to create a system and hire tough.More

Record seminary debt shows need for financial as well as divine guidance
Many women and men pursuing a religious vocation long have been hesitant even to ask this question: Can I afford it? They have been taught to take a leap of faith to a divine call and not to worry about their temporal needs. But how that promise can be fulfilled is being increasingly called into question as seminarians incur record debt levels as many theological schools raise tuition during a challenging economy.More

6 major issues regarding the digital church
The Christian Post
"Digital church attendees" are now viewed as integral participants in church life. A small but growing number of churches are willing to grant them membership. And many churches see the digital church attendees as an extension of the ministry of the church, even if they do not have full membership status. This phenomenon is not transitory. It will be with us for the foreseeable future. Here are the key issues being discussed by pastors and church leaders across the country.More

Who will train the technical crew?
Worship Facilities
One of the most discussed topics in the world of church sound and A/V is training. Integrators are installing more sophisticated and complex systems as more churches are incorporating A/V and production into their weekly services. Churches spending big dollars on these installs are expecting big results. But a big problem rears its ugly head as volunteers with little or no training try to operate these highly technical systems.More

Top 5 church software trends for 2014
Church Executive
We see some big changes in church software coming for 2014. More convenience and efficiency is on the way! Online giving, online stores — and even online services — seem more attractive to people these days as technology gives them more and more options. The list goes on and on as technology continues to pave the way for these modern conveniences. Here are the five church software trends that will be at the top of the lists this year.More

Step aside, millennials — Here comes Generation Z
By Greg Witz
Born from the late 1990s to now, Generation Z is the current generation, and its oldest members are starting to enter the workforce. They are known as "digital natives," and we joke that the "Z" stands for zombies as they are rarely away from their devices. Now is the time to be proactive in preparing our organizations for Gen Zers.More

10 simple ways to cut business expenses
Fox Business
There's no avoiding the fact that running a business costs money. While you can't fully eliminate your costs, you can significantly reduce them with a few simple changes to your business operations. Holly Perez, senior manager of personal finance software company Quicken, shared these 10 cost-cutting solutions to help you reduce your business's budget.More

How to hire winners, not whiners
By Mel Kleiman
If you're a manager, who do you want on your team — a bunch of whiners who moan and groan about everything little change or challenge, or the winners who know what they have to do and are willing to meet every obstacle as an opportunity? Of course, you'll say you want the winners, but I bet you have a few whiners on your team right now anyway.More

Churches for sale: Other congregations can be the likeliest buyers for church buildings
The Star Press
Just like families, churches sometimes move, and selling their old homes can be especially tough. The late James Gierhart had been involved in the sale of various church buildings during his years in the real estate business, before his death last June. He said old churches were a difficult sell, often for the same reasons that prompted the previous owners to sell: age, costs of upkeep or repairs, lack of parking or accessibility, outdated layout or lack of space.More

Would your employees work for free?
Here's the ultimate leadership litmus test: Would your employees still work for you if you didn't pay them? To answer this question, let's look at Saddleback Church, a so-called megachurch that wouldn't be able to fulfill its mission without volunteers. On a typical Sunday at its main campus in Lake Forest, Calif., more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to make sure that the 20,000 attendees are welcomed, parked, fed, inspired and connected.More

The 9 traits that define great leadership
Many leaders are competent, but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these qualities all the time. It isn't easy, but the rewards can be truly phenomenal. To motivate your team to achieve the highest levels of performance — and create an extraordinary organization in the process — here are the qualities you should model every day.More

Learning to say 'no' is part of success
Harvard Business Review
Success is often built on a reflexive habit of saying "yes" to opportunities that come our way. As we succeed, a key challenge becomes prioritizing the many opportunities that present themselves. We often try to do this without saying "no" definitively — we still want to keep our options open. Inevitably, though, this results in a lack of clarity and overcommitment, and we wind up disappointing people, exhausting ourselves or simply failing. To prevent this we need to learn to say "no" gracefully but firmly, maintaining the relationship while making it clear that this is one opportunity we’re choosing not to pursue.More