NACBA Weekly Update
Apr. 18, 2014

The top 6 management conferences for church leaders
Christianity Today
Leaders are learners, as the saying goes, and in matters of church management, ongoing training and learning are essential for leaders to keep up with legal, financial, and risk management developments. Numerous conferences and live events abound on this subject matter, and it's sometimes hard to discern which ones are best. Factor in limited budgets, and the decisions are even tougher to make.More

6 ways to manage Easter expectations
Crosswalk
Christmas may be an eventful season for churches and ministry leaders. But the busyness and ministry stress of Christmas is often surpassed by the church version of Superbowl Sunday: Easter. Easter weekend — when every service must meet the high expectations of the congregation. The pastor and worship team have to strike the right note in each scheduled service. The solemnity of Maundy Thursday. The somberness of Good Friday. The silence of Saturday as everyone holds their breath for the big game: Easter Sunday.More

Attract new customers to your business with content marketing
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Content marketing is a new ballpark for advertisers and marketers in every industry. With content marketing, your business will be attracting, engaging, listening to and converting consumers who are already interested in what you have to offer. The days of blind-sending direct mailers are out — especially since those messages get lost in the noise anyway.More

10 ways to lose great church staff members
Tony Morgan Live
Hiring great people is a great first step, but it's just the beginning. Once you have a great team member who is producing excellent work and serving effectively, the next – and more important – challenge will be retaining them for the long haul. In interviews, we always ask our candidates to talk about why they are leaving their current position or why they left a previous job. In many cases, their reasons for leaving are simply about readiness to take on a new and expanded role or a sense of calling to a new ministry.More

How one tiny business is dominating social media
Inc.
Last week a group of media moguls, business leaders and entertainment stars named the best and the brightest on social media at the Shorty Awards in New York City. One important honoree to note in particular is The Brooklyn Circus. The retail and design company won the Shorty Award for Best Small Business on social media — even without a staggering number of tweets or social media followers.More

8 ways not to manage your email (and 5 and a half tactics that work)
Harvard Business Review
Two years ago, Sarah Green, made public her despair of email. Surprisingly she started hearing from people who've discovered tips and tools that could help. After months of experimenting she put together a list of what worked (and what didn't). Notably, most of the successful tactics had less to do with email and more to do with general time management — although there were two important exceptions.More

Giving via debit, credit gaining popularity inside Alton, Ill., Church
The Telegraph
People are increasingly swiping debit cards rather than dropping cash into the offering plate at an Alton, Ill., church. Electronic giving has doubled in the past three months at Abundant Life Community Church, according to church bookkeeper Rachelle Lybarger. A total of 89 people are registered donors online and people can also give by swiping debit cards or even charge on credit cards at the kiosk the church installed outside their sanctuary in June.More

Connecting your church's digital presence to ministry effectiveness
Church Tech Today
Despite the fact that 70 percent of your church's first-time guests will visit your website before they decide to attend, some church leaders can't make the connection between your digital presence and ministry effectiveness. This can be a tough change for some leaders because they remember a day when churches didn’t have websites and dynamic online content.More

Diverse groups defend clergy tax break
ABPnews
Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus may have different ideas about God, but they all agree on a tax break for clergy under attack by an atheist group that says it discriminates against the non-religious. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a brief April 8 representing Muslim, Eastern Orthodox and Hindu religious groups — as well as the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and International Mission Board.More

Highland Park Presbyterian Church sues for control of its $30 million property
CultureMap Dallas
When Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas was founded in 1926, the Park Cities property was worth $60,000, and HPPC was a willing member of the Presbyterian Church of the United States. Today, HPPC is worth $30 million, and HPPC has left the national Presbyterian denomination for a smaller, more conservative sect. The Presbyterian Church (USA) believes it should retain ownership of HPPC's church property, but that isn't sitting well with Highland Park Presbyterian, which has 4,000 active members and is one of the largest Presbyterian churches in America.More

Diverse groups defend clergy tax break
ABPnews
Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus may have different ideas about God, but they all agree on a tax break for clergy under attack by an atheist group that says it discriminates against the non-religious. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a brief April 8 representing Muslim, Eastern Orthodox and Hindu religious groups — as well as the SBC's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and International Mission Board.More

6 low-cost ways to achieve excellence on a budget
By Deborah Wipf
We've all experienced seasons where the budget is a bit tight. However, we still want to provide the absolute best for our communities and congregations. Excellence is possible even when on a budget. As you make the most of the resources you have, trust God to take your efforts and expand your capacity. So how can you achieve excellence on a shoestring budget? Here are some practical tips you can implement at little or no cost.More

9 ways to encourage your church staff this Easter
The Vanderbloemen Search Group
With Easter right around the corner, your church staff is likely working overtime to prepare for such an important service. Here are nine ways to show your appreciation for the long hours and hard work that your church staff is putting in during this busy season.More

Southern Baptist pastors hope to revitalize hundreds of churches in decline
Christian Post
About 800 to 1,000 Southern Baptist congregations cease to exist annually, largely due to a stagnant vision among the leadership and lack of impact within their communities, says a church planting director. However, church leaders say the closures are often the symptom of a greater problem.More

7 things great employers do (that others don't)
Gallup Business Journal
For most people, paid work is unsettling and energy-sapping. Despite employee engagement racing up the priority list of CEOs, research into global workplaces reveals that workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2-to-1. The good news is that there are companies out there bucking the trend. We studied 32 exemplary companies across seven industries. At these companies, the engaged workers outnumber actively disengaged workers by a 9-to-1 ratio.More

To make a great presentation, embrace your inner Yoda
Inc.
No matter how frustrated you are with your presentation — no matter how bad your slides currently seem — chances are that Duarte Design has seen worse. The 90-person firm has worked on hundreds of thousands of presentations, for clients including Twitter, ESPN, and the Food Network. Author and Duarte Design CEO Nancy Duarte shares her thoughts on presentation mistakes, investor pitches, and why speakers should think of themselves as Yoda.More

The pope as a turnaround CEO
The Economist
In just a year, the business has recovered a lot of its self-confidence. The CEO is popular: 85 percent of American Catholics — a tough audience — approve of him. Footfall in RC Global’s retail outlets is rising again. The sales force now talks about a "Francis effect." How has a septuagenarian Argentine succeeded in galvanizing one of the world’s stodgiest outfits? Essentially by grasping three management principles.More