NACBA Weekly Update
Apr. 5, 2013

Diagnostic questions for a church's health
The Christian Post
Church consultation is sometimes like a medical physical — we know we need it, but we don't like being poked and prodded. Nevertheless, a good consultation prods with some important questions. These questions are just a beginning, but every diagnosis must start somewhere. If these questions show areas of weakness in your church, though, don't lose heart. Honest diagnosis is the first step toward prescription and better health.More

Church building design trends in the 21st century
By Robert C. Foreman
Church architecture has undergone major changes in recent years. Church buildings in the 20th century looked and functioned a lot like church buildings of the 19th century. But among the rapidly growing evangelical churches, the look and style of the typical 21st century church building is trending toward something very different. These changes began during the last half of the 20th century and will continue because of a rapidly changing culture.More

How to become a masterful note-taker
The Atlantic
As you make plans to attend NACBA's national conference in July in Charlotte, N.C., are you prepared for the best methods to take notes to be able to retain and retrieve what you learn? Here's everything you need to know about taking notes.More

Volunteers and the head/heart connection
By Deborah Wipf
Think of your top volunteers — those people who are committed, consistent and always willing to serve. As selfless as we would like to be, we don't give up our time and talent solely out of a sense of duty. What attracted them to serve at your church?More

3 months into the New Year — How is your giving?
Worship Facilities
Time flies whether you are having fun or not. This year is now three months in. The question this post is entitled with is an apt one. How is your church's giving with three months down and nine to go?More

You know what you need — Here's the place to find it
You know you need a break from the routine. You know you need to be refreshed. You know you need to learn more about the Affordable Care Act. You know you need to be a life-long learner. You know you need the friendship of fellow church administrative leaders facing the same issues as you. Since you know all of these things, now what? Come to Charlotte in July.

The NACBA National Conference is the event to provide you with all of the things you need to continue to do your ministry as a church administrative leader in the most efficient and effective manner possible. Take a look at the conference brochure to find out just exactly what you'll experience during our conference. Online registration is open.More

Are annual church pledge drives still relevant?
Managing Your Church
You may or may not be familiar with church pledge drives. Near the end of the fiscal year, the church distributes pledge cards that allow households to indicate how much they expect to give every month in the upcoming year. Those pledges then help the church begin to anticipate what giving may look like and, to some extent, budget accordingly. But does this approach remain relevant?More

Megachurch answers call to financial accountability
Church Executive
Eastview Christian Church promotes and instills financial integrity and trust throughout the congregation by employing a combination of oversight and sound policy. As God entrusts your ministry with additional resources, the need for well-established financial controls becomes more and more imperative. From a small church of 19 people in 1955, to one where attendance regularly exceeds 5,000 today, Eastview Christian Church has seen its annual operating budget grow from a few thousand dollars to several million dollars over the past 60 years.More

7 church ministry models from ideal to awful
The Christian Post
When it comes to American church ministry models, if you can imagine it, it exists. But how does a missionary or church planter move from the ideal to the real in a particular cultural context? Or how does an existing church move from the real to the ideal without a major upheaval? If given the opportunity for modifying the ministry model of your church, in which direction should you lead it?More

Easter is over, now what?
Center for Church Communication
Now that the biggest event of the year in the church world is behind us, what's next? Before you're ready to move on to the next big event — or the next Sunday service for that matter — consider the following.More

Why nice people kill churches
Church Leaders
One of the most destructive inclinations of church growth and the advancement of the Gospel is the simple fact that people on staff at most churches are simply too nice to each other. Being nice is a good thing, but when it begins to trump being honest because you don't want to experience the discomfort of a difficult conversation, that's not nice ... that's selfish. And when that begins to happen, everybody loses.More

Gallup's 'most religious' cities vs. Barna's 'most Bible-minded' cities
Mississippi may be the most religious state in America, but new Gallup stats reveal the most religious city in the United States isn't even in the Bible Belt. It's in Utah. Of the top 10 most religious cities identified by Gallup, only three are outside of the South: Provo-Orem, Utah; Ogden-Clearfield, Utah; and Holland-Grand Haven, Mich. But of greater interest, Gallup's list looks significantly different from one recently released by Barna Group and American Bible Society.More

The 5 essential elements of local SEO
Search engine optimization is becoming more and more important for local organizations. With more and more people using mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to find things while they are out and about, it's crucial that your local organization is showing up in the local search engines and ranking well.More

How to become a masterful note-taker
The Atlantic
As you make plans to attend NACBA's national conference in July in Charlotte, N.C., are you prepared for the best methods to take notes to be able to retain and retrieve what you learn? What are the best ways to use note-taking — in notebooks and on digital devices — to boost your productivity? Here's everything you need to know about taking notes, but never bothered to ask.More

Who takes your church seriously?
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
No church is right for everyone. It can be helpful to acknowledge that fact to potential members. It is a way to treat such conversations from the perspective of their need to find the right church rather than from the church's need for members. People will take your church more seriously, not less so, with such an approach. No matter how vital your church is and how sensitive your approach to new people, not everyone will choose to attend your church.More

Rules for managing creative people
Harvard Business Review
Moody, erratic, eccentric and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can't just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to manage, your firm will be mediocre at best. Suppressed creativity is a malignant organizational tumor. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees?More

5 steps to set and achieve your business goals
Fox Business
Are you making progress on your business goals for the year yet? If not, consider taking a more strategic approach to business growth by setting measurable — and realistic — goals, planning for obstacles, preparing for change and, ultimately, having a better and more clearly defined purpose for your business and your team.More