NACBA Weekly Update
Mar. 15, 2013

How can women lead in the church?
Outreach Magazine
As a woman in the church, perhaps you find yourself working with a man who reports directly to you. Maybe he has strong theological beliefs about women in leadership or feels you shouldn't be leading as a woman. If you lead in a church setting, we can assume your pastor affirms your leadership, but you may get negative feedback from other staff members, perhaps even other women. What should you do?More

'Fire, ready, aim!' no more
By Deborah Wipf
Has an exciting new idea ever been raised at your church and everyone immediately starts working furiously to "make it happen"? It's a great idea, everyone's excited and can’t wait to see this new program launched or event brought to life, right? The team is working diligently, you're making decent progress and then realize you're not all headed in the same direction and there's a big problem. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the "fire, ready, aim!" approach.More

Changing the phantom culture
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Google the words "company culture" and you'll find nearly 1 billion results. Yet ask business leaders to define their company's culture or to discuss ways their culture was created or changed, and the results are minimal.More

Why your church should be green
By Robert Foreman
Green is more than just a color. Today, "green" means better for the environment, more energy efficient and more responsible stewardship of resources.More

How to write church announcements
Center for Church Communication
Regardless of the size, worship style or technology use of your church, writing announcements is a vital communication function.More

How to make the most of seasonal and special events to grow your church
Churches spend a tremendous amount of time and money for seasonal and special events. Easter, Christmas and Mother's Day have the highest attendance of any time of the year, but unfortunately all the work and money spent usually does not result in visitors coming back to church after the seasonal celebration. NACBA invites you to a phone and/or Web-based seminar that will change this and make these times ones of significant spiritual and numerical growth for your church.More

60 percent of congregations' giving not keeping up with inflation
The majority of U.S. congregations reported increased giving throughout the economic recession, according to a new report. But it's not all good news: Most congregations also reported significant spending increases — and less than half said their revenue kept up with inflation. According to the report, "only about 4 in 10 congregations had revenues that kept pace or were ahead of inflation between 2007 and 2011. Congregations with the oldest average age of attendees were more likely to report that revenue growth lagged behind inflation."More

Business models not fit for churches
The Joplin Globe
The more institutionalized a church becomes, the more important its numbers become. Growing an institution involves gaining additional members. It's as simple as that. Soon, however, as the institutional demands increase, the question becomes "How do we keep the need for members from becoming paramount?" The church is not alone in making this mistake. Educational institutions have done the same. The truth of the matter is that neither churches nor universities are businesses.More

Training cuts impact of sexual harassment lawsuit
Church Executive
A crucial part of the church's training program should include the prevention of sexual harassment. Many churches overlook this area of risk because they do not think that it will happen in a church context. Unfortunately, the church is not immune from episodes of sexual harassment from taking place within its walls. It is crucial that churches understand what constitutes sexual harassment, how to prevent it and how to handle it should it occur.More

How to fix your preacher in 10 easy steps
Church Leaders
So your preacher needs help. He regularly shoots himself in the foot with portions of the church and doesn't know it. He tells too many stories about his family. He only listens to one group in the church. He is pushing an agenda that will never be accepted. What do you do to help the poor fellow? How do you gain his hearing and get him on a good path? Don't despair. Here is a sure-fire recipe to gain influence with the man of the cloth and get a sympathetic hearing for your insights designed to pull his biscuits out of the fire.More

Quitting time: The pope retired. Should your pastor?
Christianity Today
Most pastors aren't dreaming of retirement. A 2009 study of Church of Christ pastors, for example, found that only 1 of 4 had plans for full retirement; more than that said they didn't plan to retire at all. But for the senior pastor of one church, retirement was practically unthinkable. On Feb. 28, Pope Benedict XVI became the first Roman Catholic pope in nearly six centuries to leave the position without dying in office.More

The 4 levels of scrutiny of pastoral search committees
Managing Your Church
Every church searches for a pastor in the course of its history. There is nothing new in what churches are evaluating. What is new is how they are evaluating. In a significant number of searches, perhaps a majority, the pastor search process takes place in four layers or levels. While each is important, the church assigns the greatest value to the first. The process is more subjective than objective, but the result is a clear definition of priorities in how a church evaluates a prospective pastor.More

Live tweeting the Gospel: Churches tap into social media market
The Christian Post
When the Rev. Jim Liberatore gave his young congregation carte blanche to use social media during a recent sermon, about 25 percent of his 700-member church jumped at the offer. But now, even his older congregants want to talk about Jesus on social media. In a move he calls the "big splash," the rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pearland, Texas, said instead of railing against the practice of some of his congregants to hang out on social media on mobile devices during church services, he embraced it as an opportunity to reach a new audience. And Liberatore is not alone.More

Changing the phantom culture
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Google the words "company culture" and you'll find nearly 1 billion results. Yet ask business leaders to define their company's culture or to discuss ways their culture was created or changed, and the results are minimal. Company culture, it seems, is a bit of an enigma. On the surface, it's often characterized as a product of the company's values, beliefs and behaviors. But when the stated values, beliefs and behaviors take a detour from the reality of daily business activities, the culture isn't living up to the mission of the organization.More

How to win a business negotiation
If you're in business, you're a negotiator. You have no choice. Business doesn't happen unless two or more people enter into a transaction. And every transaction involves a certain amount of negotiation. Make no mistake: Negotiation is a game. The goal in negotiation is to win — to get the best deal you can. Period. To get ready for any negotiation, you must do three things.More

How to be a fair leader
Fairness is one of those concepts that you rarely think about until it's called into question. It really doesn't matter which side of the equation you're on. Whether you feel you've been treated unfairly or someone accuses you of the same, it can turn your world upside-down. That's precisely why it's so important to understand what it means to practice business and management fairly.More