NACBA Weekly Update
Jul. 19, 2013

How nonprofits should capitalize on the mobile revolution
The U.S. is going mobile. Even as people increase their number of mobile devices, many nonprofits are still hesitant about adding mobile to their organization's initiatives. Misconceptions such as which tools are available through mobile for data collection, engagement and fundraising cause nonprofits to incorrectly believe that mobile can be a lot of work with little return.More

Can't keep up? 4 ways to improve your church communications
By Deborah Wipf
When you're heads-down and working hard to get everything done, communication tends to get overlooked. Unfortunately, we've all had those frustrating, "I thought you knew that!" conversations that we wish we could've avoided. Thankfully, while it does take some planning, effective communication doesn't have to be so elusive and complicated. Here are four tips to improve your church's communication efforts.More

Prescription for procrastination
By Michael J. Berens
Everyone has parts of their job they don't like, and it's only human nature that we tend to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to modulate your work schedule so that you parcel out the tasks you don't like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up throughout your work day or week.More

The word that business administrators shouldn't be known for
By Mark MacDonald
No one likes negative people. As a church business administrator, you have a very important role. You ensure no one wastes money, that they stay within budgets and that everyone complies to the rules. Can I say it? Here are three steps to avoid being known for "No."More

'Play or pay' health care penalty delayed
Managing Your Church
The Obama Administration announced on July 2 a one-year delay in the effective date of a major component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage or be exposed to a penalty.More

TeleWeb: Biggest hiring hazards
The National Association of Church Business Administration invites you to a July 25 phone and/or Web-based seminar: Tax & Legal Update — Biggest Hiring Hazards with Frank Sommerville. Churches on average spend 53 percent of their operating budget on employees. Making the right hire every time is critical. Research shows the cost of replacement of an employee can range from two to seven times his/her salary. Spending the necessary time to "get it right" is good stewardship of congregational dollars.More

10 tips on managing church
Managing Your Church
Recently I had a chance to teach a class of Bible College students about church administration. As I was preparing, I spoke to a close friend of mine who had been an executive pastor at a huge church — and who now is the lead pastor at a large church — about the subject. He dryly said, "The No. 1 job of a church administrator is to keep the senior pastor out of jail." That was, of course, a joke (I hope). The following 10 points are what I shared about administration with this class of up and coming church leaders.More

Giving to religion may never recover
Worship Facilities
2007 was the high mark for charitable giving in the United States. Slowly charities have been attempting to climb back to those levels. One of the leading agencies that tracks charitable giving is Giving USA. Their recent report shows some encouraging news for most charities in that giving in 2012 increased slightly. One sector that saw decline was religion. In 2012 they report that giving to religion decreased by 2.2 percent. The same report is now saying that giving to religion may never recover.More

Rediscovering ancient-future practices of stewardship
Faith and Leadership
The numerical decline of the mainline churches in the United States is by now well-documented, as are the implications for structural reform, worship, recruitment and retention of younger generations, and the training of clergy. But we have given less attention to the funding shifts in our present reality. Because of our demographics (an aging membership with accumulated assets), our financial resources have remained somewhat constant. However, this too is beginning to change.More

The top church facility upgrades
By Robert C. Foreman
Smart church leaders understand that buildings are tools for ministry. They know that ministry tools must be kept sharp so the church can carry out the work God has given it to do. This knowledge has spurred some churches to complete much needed renovations, in spite of a difficult economy. Even as new construction was forestalled during the recession, churches that desired continued growth went ahead with critical facility improvements. More

To LEED or not to LEED?
Church Executive
When pastors hear the term "green construction," they might equate it with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification. The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. While other green building certifications exist, LEED is the leader. More

The club-like church
Associated Baptist Press
Many churches are failing to imagine being and doing church in the 21st century. Forays into social media, marketing campaigns, new buildings and so much more compose the traditional church response to stagnated vitality and membership. How will the traditional church respond to people of the 21st century both for its own vitality and for God's work on earth? Is the traditional church held back by club-likeness with a focus solely on its membership?More

Depressed ministers growing concern
Associated Baptist Press
Many ministers who smile on the outside are withering inside. Research indicates up to 68 percent of ministers are dealing with symptoms related to depression. Depression in ministry has been discussed increasingly since Matthew Warren, the son of pastor and author Rick Warren, possibly the nation's most prominent evangelical leader, committed suicide in April.More

Why do church plants fail?
Church Leaders
The number of failed church plants in the Denver area over the past decade is staggering. Depending on which organization you talk to, the number is dozens to hundreds. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, untold man hours and many lives invested in churches that no longer exist. After asking numerous church planters, church plant leaders and pastors, some patterns have emerged. Maybe this list will be helpful in your life or your community as you or your church consider entering the world of church planting.More

Prescription for procrastination
By Michael J. Berens
Everyone has parts of their job they don't like, and it's only human nature that we tend to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to modulate your work schedule so that you parcel out the tasks you don't like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up throughout your work day or week. The idea is to suck it up and do the things you don't like as quickly as possible and then move on to something more challenging, engaging or, dare I say, fun. Most disciplined workers respond well to this approach, but what do you do with the employee who consistently neglects part of their duties?More

When leaders are afraid to lead
The Christian Post
What would you say if I told you most leaders of our churches operate from fear? You would wisely ask me how I know and where I got such information or arrived at such a conclusion. And I would admit that I do not know this for a fact, that it's something I've come to believe from observing churches and their leaders all these decades. Furthermore, as a pastor for over four decades, I am well-acquainted with the practice of operating from fear.More

Being social makes you a better leader
Relationships and social connectivity matter more than ever before for powerful leadership. The world is certainly much more global today. The speed of work is exponentially faster. Leaders now not only want to tap into their social brain but also believe it is imperative.More