|NACBA Weekly Update|
|Jun. 1, 2012|
Guide to new technologies for your church
Never before has technology enjoyed such a strong presence in churches — both in the sanctuary and facilitywide — and the manufacturing industry is listening up. As houses of worship continue to explore how technology can assist in operating facilities and delivering their message, tech developers are increasingly coming out with products and equipment that is specifically suited to the church environment.More
Still haven't registered for the NACBA conference? Consider this
Church administrative leaders are committed to doing all things "in a fitting and orderly way" (1 Corinthians 14:40 NIV), but sometimes we get bogged down in the details and lose our focus. NACBA provides you the opportunity to get away, to regain your focus, and to "Power Your Spirit."
Attending any conference requires a significant investment of time and money, but the return on investment of attending the NACBA national conference is well worth the cost. You'll return to your ministry with new energy, new ideas and new knowledge in the vast field of church administration.
Speaking of return on investment, here are five reasons you must attend:
NACBA teleweb: Tax and legal update — employee interview
NACBA invites you to a phone and/or web-based seminar: Tax and Legal Update — Ten Things You Cannot Ask in an Employee Applicant Interview with Frank Sommerville. Join us June 7 to find out about interview questions that hit the prohibited list. Also find out different ways to get information about different topics without violating any laws.More
Who is searching your website and why?
Twelve percent of all American adults have visited the website of a church or other local place of worship within the past 30 days. Extend the time period to the last six months, and the proportion nearly doubles to 22 percent. But who are these people and what are they doing on these websites?More
Nonprofits facing pushback on property tax exemptions
Evangelical Christian Credit Union
What challenges has your ministry faced regarding property tax exemptions or new taxes? A growing number of nonprofits are fighting to keep their property tax exemption status as they become the target of tax collectors looking to compensate for increasing deficits in state, county and local budgets. More
3 (almost) effortless ways to recruit new members with social media
Christian Web Trends
With almost everyone and their pet rock on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites, places of worship have a huge pool of potential new members that they are largely ignoring. It is easy to understand why most churches don't effectively market themselves on social media — time and money. But you don't have to hire a full-time social media specialist to have an impact. Here are some ways you can almost effortlessly market your church.More
Business is the church's business
Anyone who has spent much time in the church is likely aware of its hierarchy of occupations. At the peak of the pyramid are full-time clergy and missionaries, followed closely by other paid workers in Christian ministry. Just below them in rank are the so-called helping professions — social workers, nurses and the like — whose work aligns neatly with the church's ministry priorities. Moving further down the pyramid we find the vast majority of Christians.More
Border violence keeps mission teams home
Associated Baptist Press
Steadily declining mission trips to Mexico due to drug violence has left many Mexicans feeling abandoned just when their anxiety levels are peaking, missions experts in Texas say. "It's unprecedented," said E. Daniel Rangel, director of River Ministry and Mexico missions for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Yet Rangel and others agree it's often much too dangerous to send teams, especially youth groups, to Mexico.More
Sacred objects of desire are billion-dollar business
It was once that a cassock, a simple cross and a chalice was all you needed to equip the average church, but now the world of liturgical accessories is a big business. Poland's SacroExpo is one of the largest trade fairs of its type in the world, hosting displays of everything from bells to church alarm systems and evangelical multimedia.More
Faithful volunteers build church in 1 day in Iowa
More than 300 volunteers teamed up to build an entire church in a little more than 24 hours in Perry, Iowa. The Calvary Tabernacle Church was the latest of more than 100 houses of worship built at lightning speed through the United Pentecostal Church International's "Church in a Day" program.More
Reaching out to young adults will screw up your church
The Christian Century
While many churches say "we want young people," they don't really. If young adults actually showed up and joined their church for good, the change they would naturally bring with them would be stark, even off-putting. In fact, making a congregation welcoming for young adults necessarily means it will become less comfortable for the current members.More
Why this church's staff is required to tithe
The subject of money is inappropriately taboo in some churches. Preachers feel awkward talking about it, Christians feel awkward listening to it, and often, the result is a lack of teaching on this vital aspect of discipleship. At New Vintage Church in Escondido, Calif., staff is required to tithe, and any future elders we have probably will as well.More
Why use video in church?
Many churches now have projectors and use video in some capacity. Some simply trot down the screen for the pastor's message notes or to display lyrics, but that's about it. Video can take these services to the next level with engagement and retention. It can dissolve barriers erected by years of indifference. Here are three uses for video in churches.More
Should your church start a food pantry?
Managing Your Church
For a church that feels compelled or called to do its part to address hunger in its community, establishing a food pantry might be an effective way to make a difference. But the decision to start one should not be made rashly. Before launching a food pantry ministry, here are some things to consider.More
5 creative ideas for welcoming new guests
People in your community may be visiting your church on any given Sunday. But remember, although there are visitors, there is no "typical" visitor. Here are five useful tips to help you engage all guests more effectively.More
How to magically motivate your staff with music
In your company's staff meetings, the mood lightens and chattiness increases when a background melody welcomes people into the conference room. The biblical writers were keenly aware of the power of music on human emotions. Over a span of 1,000 years, a few authors, including David and Moses, penned 150 poetic works that became the book of Psalms, the hymnal of Israel.More