NACBA Weekly Update
Aug. 3, 2012

Are you ready for the tech apocalypse?
Fox Business
The convergence of four forces — social, mobile, the cloud and information — is about to turn the world we know topsy-turvy, according to the analysts at Gartner, a technology research company. Gartner calls this the Nexus of Forces. But for business owners and IT professionals, it may look more like the four horsemen of the tech apocalypse saddling up.More

Copyrights 101: Basic building blocks for compliance
NACBA
On Aug. 9, we will explore copyright issues that relate to the way creative works are used in the church today, so that you are equipped to avoid the risks and liabilities of potential copyright infringement. We will provide you with some basic equipment to put in your copyright toolbox by looking at five different areas:

  1. Basic Building Blocks of Copyright Compliance
  2. Navigating Copyright Hazards
  3. How to Make the Most of Blanket Licenses
  4. How to Plan and Budget for Compliance
  5. How to Score Your Church's Compliance?
For more information, visit www.nacba.net/telewebs. More

Cyber risks at church
Managing Your Church
Church websites, Facebook pages, electronic fund transfers, online databases with sensitive information — churches using digital tools face new methods for operating, as well as new risks. And like all risks, the potential liabilities associated with technology use require a good risk management plan.More

Survey: Few Americans use social media to connect with their faith communities
Religion News Service
While nearly half — 45 percent — of Americans log in to their Facebook accounts at least a few times a week, fewer than 1 in 10 Americans report following a religious or spiritual leader on Twitter or Facebook or joining a religious or spiritual group on Facebook, a new national survey finds.More

Creating a content strategy for your church website
Church Mag
Content strategy is becoming more and more popular among Web professionals — both the idea and the implementation. So much focus has gone into design, user experience and techniques of getting people to websites that the reason people come to websites can get lost. Just like you wouldn't begin a sermon without first coming up with a topic, researching and planning, you shouldn't do the same with the content on your website.More

7 tips for managing Facebook for a multisite church
Equip Them
Has your church created more noise than voice when using Facebook? Has every ministry in your church created a page and/or a group? Without a strategy, there is a point in time where an uncoordinated effort of using Facebook can actually hurt you more than help you. Here are some practical tips to coordinate your church's use of Facebook.More

Spin the 'traffic generating wheel' for a nonprofit website
Godvertiser
If you are working for a nonprofit organization you need something that will help bring new visitors to your front door on the Web. The "traffic generating wheel" is one way to help get new traffic to your website. So are you ready? Let's spin the wheel for your site.More

Reining in your church's energy usage
Worship Facilities
Why do you want a green church facility? Whether your goal is environmental or financial stewardship, and whether or not you're aiming for LEED certification, there are changes large and small that can reduce costs and reduce your church's carbon footprint.More

Olympic training tips for coaching employees to greatness
Entrepreneur
Just as Olympians need great coaches to reach their highest potential, your high-performing employees need coaching to do the same. Carefully cultivating your superstars, instead of just dictating how you want things done, can eliminate bottlenecks in productivity and put your business on the fast-track for growth. Here are coaching tips to get started.More

Why your church's revenue isn't over the top
Church Executive
How are large and growing churches raising the income they need to keep pace with the needs of their members and communities? And, why do some fall short and trend further away from their historical high-revenue points? According to Kregg Hood of AG Financial, there is a pattern that correlates to churches that experience good giving results.More

In Baltimore area, churches' bell towers also cell towers
The Baltimore Sun
The stone marker in the steeple tower of Catonsville Presbyterian Church in Baltimore is dated 1921, dedicated "to the Glory of God." Next to it is a black ladder with caution signs tied to its rungs, warning of radio frequency fields in the narrow space above. In the steeple, three cellphone companies have placed antennas, serving a growing demand for smartphones, iPads and other gadgets. Such leasing arrangements help Catonsville Presbyterian and other Baltimore-area churches raise revenue, while companies get access to neighborhoods where it is difficult to build free-standing cell towers.More

4 ways this question will transform your meetings
ChurchLeaders.com
Meetings are a necessary evil in many of our organizations, so we must use them wisely or not have them at all. The most important thing you can do in the meeting is to ask good questions. When it comes to working with other people, questions become the currency of productivity. Even before getting into the meeting, you should make it a priority to ask one main question: "What would be most helpful to you when you leave this meeting today?"More

Teen missionaries have 'unexpected journey' in Montana
Park Rapids Enterprise
The summer mission trip for Faith Baptist Church of Park Rapids, Minn., was packed full with divine appointments that no one in the group was really prepared for. The two vans left the church building early July 14, with a trailer of luggage and tents in tow. Upon arrival in Hot Springs, Mont., the group was greeted by the host church. The road-weary troupe soon found out there was a major miscommunication — they had arrived a week earlier than was expected.More

Why scheduling separates the makers from the managers
Church Relevance
Successful organizations need doers and orchestrators. Unfortunately, a productive schedule usually looks different for each group. Paul Graham of Y Combinator calls this the maker's schedule vs. the manager's schedule. Here is a summary of his insights.More

Why leaders need to rock the boat sometimes
ChurchLeaders.com
Most of us have been trained — if not brainwashed — to value compliance over innovation. There is a false notion that says that we will be rewarded within an organization or company for not "rocking the boat" too much. If you find yourself in this kind of environment, you have some choices to make. You can either choose to live in compliance, which may never lead to the kind of change you hope to see in your organization; or take courage through acts of innovation, which may actually change your organization and even your life.More