NACBA Weekly Update
Sep. 6, 2013

New normal realities: Religious financing, compensation/benefits and fundraising — Part 1
Church Executive
At the NACBA annual conference, Church Executive hosted a live roundtable on a timely topic: “new normal” challenges and solutions in the areas of financing, compensation/benefits and capital campaigns. Several high-level executives representing each sector came together to share their observations. The highlights and takeaways of this insightful discussion will be published as a two-part series. Here, the panelists outline the pre- and postrecession climates in their areas of expertise.More

Churches need a French Fry Burger
By Mark MacDonald
Burger King recently announced its "brand-new" burger — the French Fry Burger. They simply take a regular burger and add a handful of fries before adding the top bun. Now, I realize that BK has slipped to third place in the fast-food war, and this may be a fleeting attempt at something different, but at least they're trying. Unlike the fast-food industry, the church is in decline. We must do something different, and we can learn three things from this new burger.More

San Diego megachurch pastor: Church leaders often are 'ministry monsters'
The Christian Post
Pastor Sergio de la Mora of Cornerstone Church of San Diego, which is the largest Latino-led church in the city and one of the fastest growing churches in America, took the stage during The Heart Revolution conference to speak to over 200 church leaders in attendance about maintaining their focus on the people they serve in order to avoid becoming "ministry monsters."More

How does state affect church — really?
Church Law & Tax
Stuart Lark has been a nonprofit lawyer for more than 15 years. He's represented the YMCA, the ECFA, Compassion International, Azusa Pacific University, many churches, and countless other organizations. He is also one of our newest editorial advisors. We sat down with Stuart to talk about which legal trends are affecting churches today, and what you can do about it.More

Does your church need millennials?
Associated Baptist Press
Buying Macs for the church office and creating a clever hashtag to use about your church on social media sites will show young people that you're trying, which is good. Your church might even go through a strategic process, identifying that unless you do something about the "black hole" of people in your pews between the high school seniors and the 40-somethings with stable family lives, your church's future is endangered. However, your church must be ready and willing to be transformed and forever changed by the passions of 20- and 30-somethings if you intentionally invite them in.More

10 questions to lead your church social media strategy
It is one thing for the church to know about social media and tweet randomly or to post a link on your Facebook page, and a whole other thing for you to actually take the time to actually come up with a working strategy. Your church needs to understand that a target is necessary, goals are established to achieve, and everything is written down so that everyone involved is on the same page.More

Church building projects: Selecting the architect and contractor
By Robert C. Foreman
Selection of the architect and contractor impact a church facility expansion almost as much as the appointment of the steering committee. The church building team is made up of the steering committee, the architect and the contractor. The steering committee's earliest decisions will vitally affect the success of the project.More

Can 3-D images help your congregation embrace new building plans?
Worship Facilities
Sometimes, the hardest part of getting a new church building or master plan development off the ground is selling your congregation on the idea. The primary reason selling the idea is so difficult is that it can be hard for people to imagine themselves in the new facility and, therefore, hard to see how they and others will use it and what the benefits will be.More

Reasonable and essential BYOD policies
MBS, Inc.
There is a growing number of requests from computer users to use whatever device they own and prefer when at work. Thus, "bring your own device" or BYOD. This is an evolving area in IT that is still fairly new. Very few policy guidelines have been published, and they are mostly about the use of personally-owned smartphones. Policies need to be approached in a few categories: the employee's responsibilities, the employer’s responsibilities and termination procedures.More

3 keys to keeping your sanity in ministry
By Deborah Wipf
Ministry is messy — even in the back office. Those of us who have worked in the back office know that administration is not always smooth sailing. Administrators are often the ones chosen to deal with touchy issues. As you serve faithfully, here are a few keys to help you handle the rough patches.More

The top reason for the decline in church attendance and 5 ways to address it
Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Certainly attendance declines are related to massive cultural shifts in our nation. But one reason for declines has a greater impact than others.More

Plan your work and work your plan: 3 tips toward effective execution
By Adam C. Wright, Ph.D.
Leading a team and getting the job done is easier said than done. Knowing how to effectively execute your work can mean the difference between landing that promotion you've always dreamed about or finding your way to the end of the unemployment line.More

Research: Black church plants grow
Baptist Press
A steady increase in attendance has been the overall trend among African-American churches planted prior to 2012, LifeWay Research learned from "the first research project of its size and scope," as researchers described it, "to measure characteristics distinctive to the African-American context."More

Internet Bible reading surges, now 4 in 10 read God's words digitally
Washington Examiner
God is still great in the eyes of Americans, even on the Internet. While an amazing 88 percent of the nation's homes own a Bible, more and more are switching to the Internet, cellphones and iPads for their weekly inspiration, according to a sweeping new survey of Bible use.More

Plan your work and work your plan: 3 tips toward effective execution
By Adam C. Wright, Ph.D.
Leading a team and getting the job done is easier said than done. In today's market-driven economy where everything is about the bottom line, executives cannot afford to waste resources on personnel who do not know how to execute. Knowing how to effectively execute your work can mean the difference between landing that promotion you've always dreamed about or finding your way to the end of the unemployment line.More

Before you hit send, read this
The Wall Street Journal
Think before you email. That's the takeaway from research that examined what happens when leaders ease up on their email. A close look at how seven executives at a London-based power company were spending their days pointed to email as a major time suck, taking up about 1.5 hours a day, according to Andrew Killick, a consultant brought in to help the company run more efficiently. The executives were sending out an average of 56 emails a day.More

Religious diversity is increasing at the office, and so are pitfalls
Religion News Service
The American workplace, like the rest of U.S. society, is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers — and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. Yet one potential flashpoint among workers does not involve new immigrant faiths but rather two indigenous communities: white evangelicals and unaffiliated Americans who constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the population.More