NACBA Weekly Update
Feb. 21, 2014

Protect your church from data loss or theft
Church Law & Tax
Data is one of the most valuable assets a church has, but trying to figure out what it's worth so we can adequately protect it is challenging. Protecting data isn't difficult, but the task must be approached as deliberately as the fire and security protection we apply to our church buildings. The first step is to recognize that your church has different kinds of data, and classifying data helps set a value to strategically protect it.More

TeleWeb: Tax and legal update
Join us at 2:30 p.m. EST March 6 for a NACBA TeleWeb on tax and legal issues with Frank Sommerville. The one-hour session will also discuss what updates churches need to know about the Affordable Care Act.More

8 reasons why project management belongs in your church
By Deborah Wipf
Project management is a term we don't use much in ministry. It sounds very corporate-y, so it tends to be tossed aside. However, I know from personal experience that planning ahead and managing a project well can reduce the burden on church staff while enabling you to pull off great events and launch new programs. Here are several reasons why you should consider implementing project management concepts at your church.More

Tips on selecting a tax preparer
Managing Your Church
Let's assume you've decided to have your tax return prepared by a professional. The next step is to find someone who is experienced and competent in the preparation of ministers' tax returns. Here are some tips to help you find such a person.More

Religious group pushes Congress for advocacy freedom
The NonProfit Times
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability in Winchester, Va. has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service encouraging more freedom and greater clarity in the rules governing political activity by tax-exempt organizations. The comments come on the heels of proposed guidance issued by the Treasury and the IRS this past November, following intense scrutiny regarding the IRS's mishandling of tax-exempt applications from 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.More

When disagreements don't really matter
Church Central
Christians bicker and fight over some of the most insignificant issues. Congregations split over the use of instruments and the construction of fellowship halls. There are premillennial churches and postmillennial churches; both claim to stand firm on God's Word. Churches also divide over music styles, the celebration of Christmas and whether they should host Saturday night worship services. Many conflicts occur because church leaders don't distinguish between trivial, "disputable" matters and essential doctrines.More

What a concept! It was a great plan — until it wasn't
Worship Facilities
You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. It's not uncommon for plans to change. Sometimes, a project we've put a lot of time and energy into planning gets cut. Or the person we thought we were going to hire takes another job; or the budget gets cut and you can't do it. There are many such situations we'll likely face as leaders. It happens to all of us.More

Design basics: Taking church typography beyond comic sans
Center for Church Communication
Typography is an art. It's how we make words come to life. Whether you're working on compelling sermon branding, a meaningful magazine story or creating a kick-butt website, the typography can make or break the project. In this brief introduction to typography, we'll cover styles, pairing, general things to watch out for and some great resources to check out. More

Creating visual content for social marketing
By Mayur Kisani
In an increasingly noisy and crowded digital landscape, marketers have to use visuals to stand out from the immense competition. Blogs were the first form of networking online where people/companies/brands would post content in order to be found. The world then moved onto Facebook, where our content became shorter. Then microblogs like Twitter came along, and our content became even shorter to 140 characters. Now we are skipping text altogether with the rise of visual social networks like Instagram and Pinterest, which allow marketers to show their creative prowess.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

2 reasons your church must be mobile
Church Executive
If your church wants to be relevant, it needs to have an online presence. You need to be where the audience is. While your church might not be on social media, millions of people are — many of them in your neighborhood. Next, not only should your church have an online platform, but it needs to be accessible to how people are viewing online material today. More individuals than ever are connecting to the Internet using tablets and smartphones.More

Massachusetts church offers itself as place for face-to-face interactions
Boston Globe
On the second Saturday of each month, the South Acton Congregational Church in Massachusetts opens its doors to the community so people can listen to a concert, watch a magician or hear stories from a horse whisperer. The new Second Saturdays entertainment and educational series is not about religion or drawing new people into the congregation, said the Rev. Katrina Wuensch, the church's pastor. Instead, it's about using the building as a "third place" outside of work and home where people can get together in a social setting.More

What it takes to be the boss
By Michael J. Berens
Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like? It turns out, though, not as many employees as you might think aspire to being the boss. Fewer than 1 in 4, according to a Pew Research Center report. That figure is all the more surprising since bosses express higher levels of job satisfaction than do workers, are as likely to maintain work/life balance and are more satisfied with their home life as well. Are bosses just lucky, or is there something different that sets them apart from their co-workers?More

How to treat your star employees after they get bad news
The Washington Post
It's become a truism of modern management that it's far more important to focus on your stars than to worry about bringing your underperformers up to par. And many workplaces do just that. But new research shows that when career stumbles occur, such as being passed over for a promotion or receiving a less prestigious assignment, the performance of "high status" people actually suffers much more than that of those at the bottom.More

Things every courageous leader knows
Are you a courageous leader? Do you boldly share new ideas and drive plans to completion? Do you give your team the confidence it needs to accomplish your goals? These and many other positive leadership traits result from harnessed courage. To be sure you're practicing the most courageous leadership style you can, look over this list of the top things that courageous leaders know.More