Social media strategies — whom to focus on?
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Much ado has been made about social media strategies lately. Pundits have lent their expertise to topics such as "How to be more effective on Google+, Pinterest, or Twitter" or "How do I know what to post?" The number of networks and the type of posts people make are so numerous that it causes many people — especially those new to the scene — to feel overwhelmed, confused and at a loss as to where to begin. If that's you, perhaps this will simplify things. More
What happens when you make bad decisions
When you go to nacba.COM, you end up on the website for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and you register for the wrong NACBA conference.
When you register for the wrong NACBA conference, you end up in San Antonio instead of Houston.
When you end up in San Antonio instead of Houston, you have to listen to bankruptcy attorneys instead of attorneys Frank Sommerville and Richard Hammar.
When you listen to bankruptcy attorneys instead of Frank Sommerville and Richard Hammar, you miss the explanation of how to avoid a lawsuit at your church.
When you miss the explanation of how to avoid a lawsuit at your church, your church gets sued.
When your church gets sued, your job gets cut.
When your job gets cut, you could need a good bankruptcy attorney.
When you need a good bankruptcy attorney you can go to nacba.COM, but then you will have missed OUR NACBA national conference.
Don't miss the right NACBA national conference. Go to www.nacba.NET to register.
The early-bird deadline is May 17. Register today!
How to Optimize the Energy Efficiency and Performance of Your Facility
NACBA invites you to a phone and/or Web-based seminar May 3: How to Optimize the Energy Efficiency and Performance of Your Facility with Billy Austin. Do you know where the dollars are being spent in your facilities? Are you being the best steward of your facility budget? Are you in compliance with codes? This seminar will give you information to answer these questions and also give you ideas on how to be more efficient and cost effective with your building performance. Register now. More
4 reasons your church won't change
Change is hard. Changing a church or ministry is even harder — sometimes, nearly impossible. And yet, we all know that in today's world of disruptive, 24/7 change, responding well is critical to our success. Jesus chastised the religious leaders of his day because they couldn't read the signs of the times. And yet, today those signs seem to be rushing faster than ever. More
Decisive is wise; divisive is not
Making quick decisions can be euphoric. There's a sense of power and progress that comes from sharply cutting through all the red tape and committee work. Decisiveness works great sometimes, but with certain questions a quick answer may lead to divisiveness. So, perhaps the greatest leaders these days are the ones who know when to dispense wisdom, and when to go looking for it. More
How to do church video email marketing in 6 steps
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If you're not quite sure what video email marketing is, don't worry. Just think about email marketing — you know, sending daily, weekly or monthly emails to people on your email list. Now think about including video in your email to personally communicate with your church members and there you go, video email marketing. More
Tips & tricks for managing communications
Church Marketing Sucks Share
The moving parts of the church communications machine are innumerable, and our pastors and ministry leaders are counting on us to keep it all running smoothly. "But how?" you might say. "How in the world am I supposed to keep track of who asked me to say what and when?" If you're in that spot, perhaps the following tips and tricks will help quell your panic. More
Editor's note: Register your church communications specialist for NACBA's Fast Track one-day conference on Communications to be held in conjunction with our national conference July 11 in Houston. Click here to register.
When benevolence ministry becomes risky
Managing Your Church (blog) Share
Benevolence ministry is a wonderful opportunity for churches to follow Scripture's call to love the poor. But, like all ministries within a church, it presents risk. Property, funds and employees are at risk when doors are open to the public to request money from the church. Policies and preparation can minimize these risks. Even though risks are present, churches can minimize them — and should take steps to do so. More
Use online tools to share faith on Internet Evangelism Day
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Internet Evangelism Day, to be held April 29, is a strategic resource to help the worldwide church understand digital media issues and use the Web to share the Good News. It is an annual focus day and a year-round online guide. "The last 15 years have changed our world forever," says Tony Whittaker, coordinator of Internet Evangelism Day. "Digital media are transforming the way we communicate, behave and even think. If Facebook was a country, it would have the fourth-largest population in the world." More
Kentucky church sued over youth minister's deadly mistake
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Nobody would dispute that youth minister Derek Coulter committed a horribly irresponsible crime three years ago when he let a 13-year-old drive his SUV after a camp-out, resulting in an accident in which the boy died. But in a trial starting in Nelson Circuit Court, a jury will be asked to decide a more vexing question: Should the Big Springs Assembly of God church, Coulter's former employer, be responsible for his misconduct and for the child's death? More
Prayers to go at Florida church drive-thru
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They run a drive-thru service, but they don't want your prescription or your dry cleaning. They won't ask if you want fries with that. And they won't charge a cent. At the Christian Life Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., all they want to do is pray for you. "Many times they're at the end of their rope, and a lot of them have never come to church," says Outreach Pastor Sol Levy, who leads the ministry. "This is less intimidating." More
New York City church grows food on rooftop
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As growing season draws near for farmers, one New York City church oversees a farm in one of the least likely places: its rooftop. Metro Baptist Church, whose congregation moved to its present location in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in 1984, grows various food items on its roof for the benefit of several local food pantries. The Rev. Alan Sherouse, pastor of Metro Baptist, said the rooftop farm is part of a collaborative effort known as the Hell's Kitchen Farm Project. More
South Carolina churches collaborate on project to fight hunger
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Morningside Baptist, Trinity United Methodist and the Episcopal Church of the Advent are setting aside their denominational differences and coming together for a cause. In the next few months, they are helping provide food to 30,000 starving people in Third World countries — without even leaving Spartanburg, S.C. More
Stop working more than 40 hours a week
There's been a flurry of recent coverage praising Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to be with her kids. Apparently she's been doing this for years, but only recently "came out of the closet," as it were. What's insane is that Sandberg felt the need to hide the fact, since there's a century of research establishing the undeniable fact that working more than 40 hours per week actually decreases productivity. More
Study: Belief in God increases with age
The older you are, the more likely you are to believe in God, according to a new University of Chicago study. The researchers found that 43 percent of those 68 or older are certain that there is a God, while only 23 percent of those 27 and under are similarly certain. The numbers vastly favored God in the United States, where 54 percent of those younger than 28, and 66 percent of those older than 68, said they believed in God. More
Measuring what matters: Despite barriers, churches are finding effective metrics of soul transformation
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The measurement challenges facing the church have many parallels to the Gulf oil spill. The things that matter the most — transformed lives, ministry effectiveness, spiritual growth — are the hardest to measure. So we settle for metrics that are easier to obtain but much less meaningful. More