NACBA Weekly Update
Jul. 13, 2012

6 ways to be lousy at church technology
It's pretty easy to be lousy, and not so easy to be truly great at something. If you're alive, you had one of those moments in your life when you realize that you weren't prepared for what you needed to do. Often, this can be the case for the lucky chap given the job of "church technology expert" at his church.More

Ultimate Guide to Church Suppliers customer satisfaction survey
Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on this important sourcing tool and how we can better serve YOUR NEEDS. Your individual responses will remain completely confidential. You can easily access the survey through this link.More

How your church can grow over the summer
Can churches grow in the summer? Of course, they can. In fact, churches should grow in the summer. However, they rarely do for one simple reason: Their leaders let down too much. The reasoning is simple: Offerings and attendance go down, so it's better to save our best efforts and cost for the times that people are actually around. But summer is actually the best time for growing.More

When the church needs a doctor
Managing Your Church
Bill Wilson, president of the Center for Congregational Health and keynote speaker at the annual NACBA conference in Houston, talks about what it means to be a healthy church and what to do when the church is sick.More

Study: Pastors' concerns for others may harm their own health
Religion News Service via The Washington Post
Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial may be harmful to their own health, according to a new Duke University study. Studies of United Methodist pastors in North Carolina found high rates of chronic disease and depression, and researchers worry it can be difficult to convince clergy to seek help.More

Online giving and capital campaigns work hand-in-hand
Worship Facilities
You launched your capital campaign, and contributions are falling well short of commitments, what went wrong? According to Rusty Lewis, senior generosity strategist at Atlanta-based Generis, most churches that conduct their own campaigns receive only 70-80 percent of what was committed. Lewis believes it is important to provide a convenient online giving system that allows givers to easily make campaign donations and set up recurrent contributions.More

3 simple ways to make people happy at work
Most managers know that if their workers are happy, they're also more productive. But how to make them happy is the challenge. Many take the goal too personally and try to build staff contentment through personal relationships. They get exhausted and find the strategy simply won't scale. So what can you realistically pull off to make people happy at work?More

How the Mormons make money
Bloomberg Businessweek
Late in March the Mormon Church completed an ambitious project: a megamall. Watching religious leaders celebrate a mall may seem surreal, but it reflects the spirit of enterprise that animates modern-day Mormonism. It's perhaps unsurprising that Mormonism, an indigenous American religion, would also adopt the country's secular faith in money.More

Free church graphics and resources toolbox
Church Relevance
Great custom graphic design is ideal. But sometimes time, money or skill limitations make it necessary to use premade graphics. And even when you have the time, money and skills, there are still occasions when it is more efficient to not reinvent the wheel and to instead use and build upon a premade resource. In either case, here are over 20 of the best sites offering free church graphics and resources.More

Black women are among country's most religious groups
The Washington Post
Nearly 9 in 10 African-American women rely strongly on their faith, according to a nationwide survey. The poll, the most extensive look at black women's lives in decades, reveals that as a group, black women are among the most religious people in the nation. Although black men are almost as religious as their female counterparts, there is a more stark divide along racial lines.More

Moving to the cloud
Church Executive
Cloud computing has taken the business world by storm. So why not churches, too? Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tenn., embraced cloud-based applications and by doing so saved money and effort, allowing its members to accomplish their mission more easily.More

Study: People tweet more about church than beer
In an effort to look at cultural differences across the United States, a data analysis company selected two words that it felt exemplified an American cultural divide and analyzed their usage on Twitter. The words: "beer" and "church." And according to the study, Americans tweet more about church than beer, and there is a distinct regional divide between the tweets.More

4 traits of wise leaders
Church Central
Local churches and their members are struggling, financially and spiritually. Today, we need leaders more than ever — people who aren't afraid to get in front of the parade. Leaders can install optimism, confidence and vision, qualities that are especially significant amid the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. More