NACBA Weekly Update
Feb. 22, 2013

Report: Megachurches thriving in tough economic times
Religion News Service
Despite the tough economy, many of the nation's largest churches are thriving, with increased offerings and plans to hire more staff, a new survey shows. Just 3 percent of churches with 2,000 or more attendance surveyed by Leadership Network, a Dallas-based church think tank, said they were affected "very negatively" by the economy in recent years. The vast majority — 83 percent — expected to meet their budgets in 2012 or their current fiscal year. A majority of large churches also reported that offerings during worship services were higher last year than in 2011.More

Want to be published?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NACBA Weekly Update, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NACBA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics. More

Why people work harder on problems than they need to
Business Insider
In virtually every business, organization, or family in the world today, people are doing their best to solve problems. And that’s admirable. Yet, most are working way harder than they should.More

What will multisite look like in 2013?
Worship Facilities
The multisite strategy has proven to be an effective vehicle for outreach, volunteer mobilization, leadership development and regional impact. During 2013 we’ll continue to see an increase in multisite church mergers, Internet online campuses, international expansion of campuses, and more. More

Why you shouldn't dread an audit
Church Executive Magazine
There are many reasons why an organization might have a financial audit. Whether it’s to comply with debt covenants, satisfy an accreditation or membership requirement, or provide an accountability tool and best practice, most people would agree that the audit process can seem painful. More

TeleWeb: Affordable Care Act
NACBA
To date the information around the Affordable Care Act has created more questions than answers. Of particular concern for church administrative leaders is how it will affect congregations and their budget. This seminar will identify the areas of concern that will affect the future. It will focus on the areas that need the church's immediate attention and provide what guidance that is available. More

Charities beseech Congress to preserve donations tax break
Reuters
Charitable groups pleaded with lawmakers recently not to alter the federal tax break for donations, while some Democrats said the popular deduction was in no danger and called the Republican-convened hearing a red herring. Officials from hospitals and dozens of other nonprofit groups packed a House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee session examining the write-off used by more than 30 million Americans at a cost to taxpayers of $38 billion a year.More

Book author and former pastor says 'CEO' church leadership model unbiblical
Christian Newswire via Church Executive
Glen Newman, author of "Pastors Move Over: Make Room for the Rest of Us," challenges the modern traditional form of church government, which recognizes the single pastor as the primary leader of the local Christian church. Why is this significant? He says it's because this is completely unbiblical and "we've been doing things wrong in the church for over 1,700 years."More

Churches: Take a lesson from the Postal Service
Christianity Today
Good news: The U.S. Postal Service lost only $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. Yes, $1.3 billion. And yes, it is good news because it represented a major improvement over the fourth quarter of 2011, when they lost $3.3 billion. The U.S. Postal Service serves as a perfect example of what happens to businesses of all kinds when they fail to adapt. History is full of similar cases: Kodak, Sears, Kmart, Blockbuster Video. As Christians, we hope the church never makes it on this list.More

10 real reasons pastors quit too soon
Church Leaders
More than 1,700 pastors leave the ministry every month. This staggering number includes some of the brightest, most inspiring pastors in the country. To prevent the continued flight of our pastors, we need to understand the cause of the problem. Though every situation is unique, the reasons pastors leave are often similar. Here are 10 common reasons pastors quit too soon.More

Data rules only if you understand it: Google Analytics tutorial
Godvertiser
Most nonprofits, churches and other organizations that have a decent website know about the free Google Analytics service. You drop a snippet of code into the HTML of every page, then Google shows you graphs, data and other interesting tidbits about who's visiting your site, how they got there and what they're doing while on your website. But at the same time, a large part of the webmasters and communications directors for these organizations don't know how to use the analytics data in a strategic manner.More

All eyes on Texas, South Carolina church property fights
Religion News Service
When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they've often lost property battles as civil courts ruled buildings and land are not theirs to keep. But outcomes could be different this year, court watchers say, as high-profile cases involving dozens of Episcopal congregations in South Carolina and Texas wind their way through state courts. That prospect has observers watching for insights that could shape legal strategies in other states and denominations.More

Church sold as members go missional
Associated Baptist Press
They tried hiring a consultant, new worship styles, luring nonprofits as renters and seeking other churches for mergers. But each approach fell through for the roughly 50 aging members of Scott Boulevard Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga. The congregation's next step will be to rent worship space later this year. Next for their home of six decades is the wrecking ball, and the property eventually will become a retail development. There's no doubt about it, Pastor Greg Smith says: Congregational aging, if unplanned for, can be gut-wrenching.More

1 easy way to improve your ministry communications at no cost
mainStreetOpen.com
What's the distinguishing factor between churches with great communications and churches with poor communications? Teams that regularly get to work on promotions at least two weeks in advance almost always have better results. The number of people on your staff or the amount of money in your budget doesn't affect quality as much as lead time. A mediocre volunteer with two weeks lead time can outperform a talented artist who is only given a couple hours.More

Inside the brains of rebellious leaders
Entrepreneur
Bucking the herd isn't easy for a species designed to conform, so it takes a certain mindset to be an outlier. "Most people's brains are just not wired to go against what everybody else is doing," says Gregory Berns, author of "Iconoclast." Iconoclastic thinking — defined by Berns as doing what others say can't be done — demands a brain that functions differently from the standard model in three areas: perception, fear response and social intelligence — which is necessary to persuade others of the validity of your unsanctioned vision.More

8 ways to be a courageous leader
Inc.
As leadership attributes go, courage is the big one. It comes from facing and overcoming fear. And the reward for that effort couldn't be bigger. For present or future executives, business owners and entrepreneurs, courage will enable you to …More

12 ways to be the leader everyone wants to work for
Forbes
As a leader, you should ask yourself: "Why would anyone follow me?" It takes courage to step up to lead. But no one will follow if you're not leading for the right reasons. Talent seeks out other talent. And talented employees want leaders who can open their worlds and make them better. So what kinds of leaders draw and develop the best talent? More