|NACBA Weekly Update|
|May. 4, 2012|
Churches no longer a sanctuary from crime as burglaries rise
There's no honor among thieves — even when it comes to stealing from churches. A growing tide of burglaries at houses of worship are signs of both a reeling economy and the end of a social taboo that once protected the money collected to help the poor and the valuables displayed to honor a higher power. All around the nation, the faithful are finding criminals unfazed by the prospect of burglarizing a sanctuary.More
What happens when you make bad decisions
When you Google "NACBA," you might select the website for the North American Chinese Basketball Association and register for their tournament.
When you register for the NACBA basketball tournament, you end up in Richmond, British Columbia, instead of Houston, Texas.
When you end up in Richmond, B.C., instead of Houston, you have to play some round ball.
When you have to play some round ball, you get fouled and lose your cool.
When you lose your cool, you elbow someone the way Metta World Peace elbowed James Harden.
When you elbow someone the way World Peace did, you get ejected from the game.
When you get ejected from the game, people call you a loser.
Don't be a loser. Choose the right Google result and register on the right NACBA website. Go to www.nacba.NET to register for our national conference.
The early bird deadline is May 17. Register today.More
Religious websites most prone to hackers
Associated Baptist Press
Online religion may be good for your soul but dangerous for your computer, according to a new report. A report by Symantec, a company that sells computer-security software, rates websites devoted to religion or other ideologies the ones most targeted by malicious hackers.More
White House releases public/private guidelines
Religion News Service via USA Today
A new White House report that offers guidance on public/private partnerships between the government and faith-based groups leaves critical questions unanswered and does not resolve the issue of religious groups' ability to discriminate in hiring and firing, church-state watchdogs said. The 50-page report comes 18 months after President Barack Obama issued an executive order calling for more transparency as faith-based groups work with the government to meet social needs.More
How to motivate people to give
The vast majority of Christians know they ought to give. Why is it then that most of our conversation and preaching is "ought to" preaching? Instead, why not show them what their gifts do? The best way to motivate people to give is to show them that their gift matters. Tell your story, and people will give to support it.More
5 online giving lessons for churches
Managing Your Church
Use of online giving continued to grow in 2011, however, that growth remains small relative to total dollars given. Adding an online giving tool should be done to diversify options for givers and provide convenience for those who desire it. But it won't provide an instant remedy to any organization struggling to get its vision funded. With that in mind, here are five lessons about online giving for nonprofits that church leaders should note.More
Metrics: Balancing stats and stories
Brandon A. Cox
Church metrics. That's not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become "just a number," and when people are just a number, we've failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we fail to count anybody, we allow people to slip through the cracks and therefore fail to emulate the ministry of Jesus. So how do you count people in a way that makes each person count? You balance the stats and the stories.More
Construct a temple 1st, build culture 2nd
Identify the one thing your organization can't do without. Build it up, then build a culture around it. In the Bible, the Jews saw the temple as the catalyst for reclaiming their proud heritage. In the same way, healthy organizations build temples in order to build cultures. Do you see how strategy and culture interlock? The most basic essence of a company — which some might call vision — should drive the culture. But obsessing with culture apart from core strategy is like building a town without a town square.More
10 symptoms of the unaware leader
The leader is often the last to know when something is wrong. You only know what you know; and many times, because of the scope of responsibility of the leader, he or she isn't privy to all the intricacies of the organization. Some people tell others the problems they see before they share them with the leader. Without some systems of discovering problems the leader may be clueless there is even a problem.More
The titanic need for authentic leaders
Gifted For Leadership
Out of the shadows of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Americans started looking for a new kind of leader. We'd already begun to move from the "control and command" style of leadership that characterized some of history's greatest leaders toward a type of leadership that focused on people's needs rather than the objectives of the leader. The church, for better or worse, is a microcosm of America's shifting leadership preferences.More
What can churches learn from hospitality field?
The hospitality business is very clear about its product niche: budget, limited service, long-term stay, luxury. Ministry, on the other hand, is often broadly — and loosely — defined. Almost anything that says "we help others" can be seen as ministry. Ministries need to be clear and intentional about whom they are serving. Know your target, put metrics in place and push the envelope are just a few lessons churches can learn from the hospitality field.More
5 easy steps to measure social media campaigns
If you're using social media for your business, you should be measuring it. But don't measure just for the sake of having metrics. Instead, measure your social activities so that you can learn what's successful, what isn't and how you can improve. Here are five easy steps to get started tracking your own social media campaigns.More