NACBA Weekly Update
Mar. 14, 2014

$600,000 stolen from Lakewood Church
Houston Chronicle
Lakewood said in a statement to its more than 40,000 church members that cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information had been stolen. Lakewood, which is led by Pastor Joel Osteen, encouraged those who made contributions to the church to monitor their bank and credit card accounts closely for fraudulent charges.More

An open letter to church communications directors
By Mark MacDonald
Have you noticed that in our field you never get comfortable? Ideas, clients, production, suppliers, methods and software are changing continuously. You think you've mastered something and bam!, it changes. But that's what I love. I'm a communications/ideas/creative guy. You're probably the same. And we love the church. But I've almost burned myself out several times in this all-consuming role. I want you to learn from this "old guy" who's been doing it for a long time. Here are three things I wish someone shared with me earlier on.More

5 strategic flaws that cripple ministry impact
Mark Howell Live
There are recognizable strategic flaws in the culture of churches that are stuck. Fresh eyes can almost always spot strategic flaws in an honest conversation, a website review, or an onsite visit. Sometimes it can be just one strategic flaw. Other times it is the whole set. Does your church struggle with any of these?More

10 key hourly employee prescreening questions
By Mel Kleiman
Once you have a stack of applications for a job opening, it's best to develop a list of preliminary, prescreening questions to ask promising applicants at the earliest possible stage in your hiring process. People who need a job will tell you they'll work any days, hours or times you want. However, if you hire them and the hours aren't to their liking, they'll soon be showing up late or not at all. Head this aggravation off at the pass by asking these questions before the applicant knows what days/hours/shifts you need to fill.More

How to avoid the overused lambs, doves and flames in your church imagery
Center for Church Communication
They are beautiful depictions that God uses to teach us about him and his creation. But are we giving them the thought and creativity they deserve? And do we really believe a church logo with a lighthouse in landlocked Tennessee is going to draw people in? By overusing such images, we are losing what makes them beautiful and forgetting it’s the equivalent of speaking Christianese and expecting the world to know what we mean.More

Setting an agenda streamlines the meeting process
By Robert C. Harris
If there is a reason to meet, there should be a meeting agenda. Most agendas are built on precedent: "We've always done it that way." Seldom do incoming officers consider the format of an agenda to craft improvements, and agenda development is often delegated to staff. But boards can save valuable time and redirect the saved time to more substantive issues. Craft an agenda designed to yield results and keep directors focused on the significance of the meeting.More

San Antonio church embracing media technology in major way
San Antonio Business Journal
Community Bible Church, a massive interdenominational church in San Antonio that reaches a global audience, has expanded its digital media platforms to include Roku and a mobile app. The church, more commonly known as CBC, has created a new video channel that is accessible via Roku streaming media players and a free mobile app that is available through iTunes and Google Play.More

Survey finds growth, vitality in multisite church model
Religion News Service
The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. The report cites new data from the National Congregations Study, which found there were 8,000 multisite churches in the U.S. in 2012 — up from 5,000 in 2010 — including churches with more than one gathering on the same campus. More

Can megachurches deal with megamoney in a Christian way?
The Atlantic
Recently, Warren Cole Smith of the conservative Christian magazine World reported that Mars Hill had paid at least $210,000 to a California consulting company to boost pastor, Mark Drescoll's book "Real Marriage" onto best-seller lists. Even for a large church with a popular pastor, however, $210,000 is an astronomical amount to spend on marketing.More

Mobile sites and mobile apps for your church
Center for Church Communication
With the average person checking their smartphone 150 times per day, it’s no secret that the ''lingua franca,'' or ''common language'' is changing. The world is dramatically shifting to a mindset of mobility, but many churches are missing out on the opportunity to connect and communicate through the smartphones in attendee’s back pockets.More

Survey finds growth, vitality in multisite church model
Religion News Service
The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location. The report cites new data from the National Congregations Study, which found there were 8,000 multisite churches in the U.S. in 2012 — up from 5,000 in 2010 — including churches with more than one gathering on the same campus. More

Ortberg's Menlo Park Presbyterian votes to leave PCUSA despite $8 million fee
Religion News Service
Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving. Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.More

The 3 P's of employee terminations
By D. Albert Brannen
The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the "three P's" of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork. By involving the right people, following the right processes and considering all the relevant paperwork, employers can effectively minimize their exposure to legal claims that may arise from the termination of employees.More

Churches targeted in string of burglaries
Sheboygan Press
In all the burglaries, the suspects forcibly broke in and targeted collections and petty cash. Authorities are urging the public, churches and businesses to take precautions and minimize their risks.More

Forget time management. Try attention management
Inc.
No matter what you do, time marches on at its own pacetick, tick, tick. There's nothing you can do to change that (unless you can travel close to the speed of light). You can't manufacture time, you can't reproduce time, you can't slow time down, or turn it around and make it run in the other direction. You can't trade bad hours for good ones either. What you can manage, however, is your attention. Attention is a resource we all possess. Your attention reflects your conscious decisions about which activities will occupy your time. You are where your attention is, not necessarily where your body is.More

Why the toughest bosses are the best
Forbes
Many professionals have come forward with memories of the teachers, mentors and bosses who’ve had the most indelible influence on their success. In nearly every case, the most impactful teachers and mentors were not gentle and in many cases were not even ''nice.'' On the contrary, the predominant consensus is this: The toughest teachers and bosses are best.More

To motivate employees, apply this scientific rule of leadership
Forbes
The case for giving employees autonomy in how to carry out their work has been backed up for half a century by psychological and management research. It may surprise you just how strong the case is — until you look in the mirror and think about what you would require to do great work face to face with customers every day.More