NACBA Weekly Update
Jan. 22, 2010

FCC order could prove costly to churches
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Federal Communications Commission has issued an order that could have far-reaching -- and very expensive -- consequences for organizations or individuals using wireless microphones. The commission said wireless microphone users have until June 12, to modify or replace equipment that operates on the 700-megahertz frequency. "We will have to explore our options concerning our cordless mikes," said Donald Immel, senior pastor at The New Stanton Assembly of God Church in Westmoreland County. He was aware of talk about new rules, but had not heard about the FCC's Jan. 15 order. The church uses two earpiece mikes and two hand-held microphones.More

Amid rubble, seeking a refuge in faith
The New York Times
Five days after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, an evangelical pastor in a frayed polo shirt, his church crushed but his spirit vibrant, sounded a siren to summon the newly homeless residents of a tent city to an urgent Sunday prayer service. Voice scratchy, eyes bloodshot, arms raised to the sky, the Rev. Joseph Lejeune urged the hungry, injured and grieving Haitians who gathered round to close their eyes and elevate their beings up and out of the fetid Champ de Mars square where they now scrambled to survive.More

Churches offer solace, hope in Haiti disaster
USA Today
Like other ministers in churches with Haitian-American congregations across the USA, the Rev. David Eugene took to the pulpit of his north Miami church Sunday and sought to offer solace to his worried, grieving flock. The church has 400 members, and Eugene said almost half of them anxiously await word on the fate of relatives after last week's earthquake in Haiti.More

Study: Economy puts churches in a bind
Baptist Press
While the U.S. economy shows signs of experiencing a "jobless recovery," the country's 10 percent unemployment rate is keeping church budgets in a bind, a new study by LifeWay Research found. Yet in spite of the financial difficulty, many churches are launching new ministries to help families in need. A full 35 percent of 1,002 Protestant pastors surveyed in November 2009 said giving in their churches was flat compared to the same period in 2008. Another 29 percent said giving was down, including 18 percent who reported a decrease of 10 percent or more.More

Disabled worshipers struggle to find home in pews
The Associated Press via the Contra Costa Times
Years after federal law required accommodations for the disabled, separation of church and state means houses of worship remain largely beyond the law's reach. State laws and denominational measures meant to take up the slack are tricky to enforce and face resistance from churches who call them both costly and impractical. The issue is gaining new attention as the disabled community expands, fed by aging baby boomers and a growing number of people with intellectual disabilities who are demanding a more prominent place in the pews.More

God and the Gridiron: Sports camps help churches reach out
Associated Baptist Press
In an age where fascination with local and national sports teams influences -- and even controls -- the schedules and lives of many children and adults, Bill Chamblee sees sports as a bridge to hope and a bridge to Christ. Before Chamblee retired in 2007 from 35 years of recreation ministry at First Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, the church’s missions committee sent him and three others to Springfield, Ill., to conduct a basketball camp for Eastview Baptist Church. After this experience, he became convinced God wasn’t finished using his passion for sports and his desire to see people begin relationships with Christ. More

NACBA TeleWeb: Making 2010 the Generosity Year with Ruben Swint
As the U.S. economy appears to be in recovery mode congregations like never before need unique strategies to help shape the future of generous members. This dynamic leadership session will focus on ways you can step outside the traditional stewardship promotion box to build an atmosphere of generous members. Join us Thursday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 CST for this informative TeleWeb.More

The NACBA Weekly Update now available as an iPhone app
NACBA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant industry news to its members and other church business professionals. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the NACBA Weekly Update, the association committed itself to delivering this news to members and other church professionals. That partnership has now expanded to provide another convenient avenue to receive this information. The NACBA Weekly Update is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, now available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store.

Simply search "MultiBriefs" in the App Store and download the app free of charge. Once the MultiBriefs application is downloaded, you can add the NACBA feed from the “Church Community” section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. And just like the e-mail news brief you’ve become accustomed to, you may share articles with your colleagues via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You can even bookmark certain articles as favorites to revisit at a later date. As always, feedback is appreciated and is important to the success of the app. Feel free to rate the application in the App Store. More

A church staff meeting covenant
Your weekly church staff meeting is the most important meeting of the week. It is an opportunity to gather key staff leaders to celebrate victories, identify missed opportunities, communicate dates and plans, and keep focused on your stated vision and purpose. Consider adopting a covenant with your staff about how you will handle your staff meetings week to week. Here are elements you may choose to include along with explanations and rationales.More

Strategic Assimilation: Rethinking the goal of youth ministry
Youth Worker Journal
Traditionally, senior high youth ministry has been more concerned with getting kids to make an individual decision to follow Christ than where they go from there. As noble as this goal is, in many cases it has led to a generation of youth ministry orphans--involved youth group kids who, when they leave the nurture and family of their youth program, have no safe place to live out their faith.More

The altered landscape of giving has both good and bad news
Church Executive Magazine
People of faith are renowned for their charitable generosity. Amidst what economists are calling the "Great Recession," giving to religion is the one subsector of charitable giving that grew in 2008. This good news regarding religious giving comes as no surprise. In the 12 recessions since 1967, religion is the one subsector least affected by the economy with religious giving -- when adjusted for inflation -- declining but 0.1 percent. But amidst the good news there are storm clouds building on the horizon demanding our attention.More

To touch eternity
Ministry Today Magazine
Scott MacLeod left behind a successful music career to reach the poor. Now this Nashville pastor leads a multifaceted church community that’s changing an inner city through divine service.More

Video: Legally host a Super Bowl party
Your Church
If your church is hosting a Super Bowl party this year, you will need to abide by three simple guidelines to avoid violating copyright law. Attorney David Middlebrook, who specializes in representing tax-exempt organizations and is a member of our Editorial Advisory Board, lays out the guidelines set by the NFL in this quick video clip.More

How do you learn leadership?
Church Central
How did you learn to be a leader? Most of us have people we learned from, teachers and mentors. These key people in our lives offer help to us both as we begin to lead, and along the way. The author of this article examines two important aspects of leadership: skill and self.More

More Texas churches installing cameras, alarm systems
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Lloyd Young doesn't have many churches as clients at his Tyler, Texas, security company. "Usually, they're the last" to need it, the owner of Securac, Inc. said. But since the recent rash of church arsons, local churches are beefing up or getting security systems. Young decided Wednesday to try to help law enforcement catch the fire starter. For any church that asks for it, Young temporarily will provide a security system for free.More

20-year-old juggles running a church with college
Tuscaloosa News
When most people turn 18, there are a few things they look forward to. But Micaiah Thomas' plans, whether she knew it at the time, were a little different. Thomas, now a 20-year-old junior majoring in Spanish at the University of Alabama, said she never saw herself going into ministry. When she told her father about her call from God, he suggested that she become a candidate for ministry at her church. But Thomas said she realized God had been preparing her for a life in ministry since she was a child.More