NACBA Weekly Update
Apr. 25, 2014

Churches planning to build need expert guidance with finances
By Robert C. Foreman
Church leaders are sometimes reluctant to seek help and advice. This seems to be especially true when it comes to facility planning and financing. They may believe they know enough and are wise enough to undertake a building project without seeking the best professional guidance. Perhaps they are unfamiliar with Proverbs 11:14: "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." There are several types of professional help that a wise church leader will seek when preparing to build.More

What happens when you make bad decisions
NACBA
When you go to nacba.COM, you end up on the website for the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and you register for the wrong NACBA conference.

When you register for the wrong NACBA conference, you end up in New York City instead of Orlando.

When you end up in New York City instead of Orlando, you have to listen to bankruptcy attorneys instead of attorneys Frank Sommerville and Richard Hammar.

When you listen to bankruptcy attorneys instead of Frank Sommerville and Richard Hammar, you miss the explanation of how to avoid a lawsuit at your church.

When you miss the explanation of how to avoid a lawsuit at your church, your church gets sued.

When your church gets sued, your job gets cut.

When your job gets cut, you could need a good bankruptcy attorney.

When you need a good bankruptcy attorney you can go to nacba.COM, but then you will have missed OUR NACBA national conference.

Don't miss the right NACBA national conference. Go to www.nacba.NET to register.

The early-bird deadline is May 15. Register today! More

How to develop a communications strategy to increase church giving
Tony Morgan Live
Encouraging people to live generously isn’t nearly as complicated as many church leaders make it. Unfortunately, most church leaders feel overwhelmed and unequipped when it comes to talking about money. It can be uncomfortable and intimidating. However, you can’t expect people to grow in generosity (or achieve the God-sized vision for your church) if you don’t talk about it. Here are four resources to help you develop a comprehensive communication strategy to increase generosity — from developing a framework to leveraging the latest communication trends.More

Your welcome card needs updating
By Mark MacDonald
I was recently entering a grocery store, and someone approached me from the corner of my eye. I had the feeling a torpedo was locked on me. I didn't know him, so I stepped aside to let him pass. He altered course with me. Gulp. "Do you have a few moments to answer some questions?" he asked. I heard, "I want some information from you." So, why do we expect visitors to fill out our visitor or welcome forms? I'm not saying to stop with welcome cards, but please be careful with them.More

5 steps to keep your rock star employees from leaving your company
Business Insider
If you're in a war for talent, you've probably read more than you can stand about hiring so-called "Rockstars." About finding the best-of-the-best. About not settling, and all that. And indeed, in my experience as a two-time successful founder/CEO, the No. 1 most important thing you can do is put together a great team. It is absolutely true.More

Here are all the ways you should be using LinkedIn's apps, but probably aren't
Business Insider
LinkedIn is no longer just about flaunting your resume when you're trying to get a job. The social network has become an incredible resource for building your professional identity online, no matter where you are in your career. And an important part of that process is done not through its desktop site, but through its apps.More

'Fraud can't happen in my business' — Wanna bet?
Fox Business
Fraud in business happens everywhere and all the time. Don’t be misled into thinking it is always the "other guy" who gets embezzled. Fraud can happen to YOU! It happens in small businesses, large businesses, rural areas, metropolitan cities, new companies, established organizations, profit businesses, or nonprofit entities – no business is spared. Regardless of the situation, someone figured out a way to "pull one off" on his or her employer. The amounts differ. They might be small or large, but they still sting the organization just as much.More

Small church makes big strides despite location, trends
ABPnews
First Baptist Church of Covington, Texas, averaged slightly more than 50 in attendance when the congregation decided to build a sanctuary that seats 150 worshippers — in a community of 269 people. Experts say other small-town churches also can meet those high expectations, if they're willing to transform their ministries and operations.More

4 tips for church budgeting
Christianity Today
How does your church prioritize its spending? Is your church prepared for unanticipated events? Is your church lacking support during the planning and budgeting process? Here are four tips on how to better manage your church budget. More

Do you really want to be a thought leader?
Yahoo! Small Business via Business 2 Community
By definition, thought leaders are the recognized experts in their field who are considered authorities and educators. In other words, they are fonts of wisdom, and somehow that knowledge is meant to keep or capture business. Here is my problem with this approach: Consumers in the digital world are more empowered and open to multiple sources of information and ideas.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

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.More

Amending prior tax returns: Don't delay! Penalties and interest are piling up
The Christian Post
The filing of old back tax returns often "freezes" taxpayers who become too scared to address their open monies. Here is an example of an inquiry from a taxpayer seeking advice on filing of past unfiled income tax returns and searching for a tax advisor who can get his tax situation in order.More

5 things successful people do after 5 p.m.
CBS News
You may have read the popular post by Forbes writer Jennifer Cohen about five things incredibly successful people do before 8 a.m., which highlighted smart suggestions like visualizing their day and making their schedule top heavy. But that's not the only outside of work window in which you can pump up your productivity. Recently, I spoke to some career experts about things you can do after 5 o'clock that can help rejuvenate you and get you prepared for a top-notch tomorrow. Here are five they suggested trying.More

5 ways to improvise your way to success
Fast Company
"People entering the business world today are a commodity; they’ve attended the same schools, read the same books, gone to the same movies, played the same video games, and watched the same TV shows," says Fred Cook, CEO of GolinHarris, a public relations firm with 50 offices worldwide. "What they don’t have is life experience, ideas of their own or world views. Those are the things that elevate your career."More

Do you really want to be a thought leader?
Yahoo! Small Business via Business 2 Community
By definition, thought leaders are the recognized experts in their field who are considered authorities and educators. In other words, they are fonts of wisdom, and somehow that knowledge is meant to keep or capture business. Here is my problem with this approach: Consumers in the digital world are more empowered and open to multiple sources of information and ideas. They sample and choose what is relevant to them. They don’t just read news and information, they engage with it. They are looking for ideas and conversation starters.More