The Church Network Weekly Update
Sep. 19, 2014

Staff compensation consumes a major portion of large church budgets
Church Law & Tax
Large churches spend slightly less than half their total budget on staffing costs, according to a study recently released by Leadership Network in partnership with Vanderbloemen Search Group. The 2014 Large Church Salary Report is based on responses from 727 churches in North America with attendances ranging from 1,000 to more than 30,000 people.More

Welcome to The Church Network!
The Church Network
Look closely at the masthead of this email and you will see that this email comes to you from The Church Network, powered by NACBA. In July during the launch event for the NACBA national conference being held in Orlando, NACBA announced a re-brand. NACBA will now be doing business as The Church Network. We will be providing more information about this significant change in the weeks ahead. Please visit us at www.TheChurchNetwork.com.More

Upcoming TeleWeb: Supervision
The Church Network
Are you stepping into unfamiliar territory where you must supervise others, or have you been supervising others for some time without a clear understanding of what you are doing? Supervision, especially in a faith-based environment, requires a specific and unique mindset.

This webinar will take place on Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. CDT / 2:30 p.m. EDT and will explore setting clear performance expectations as the foundation of effective supervision.More

Overwhelmed? 4 ways to take control of your schedule
By Deborah Wipf
Church staff members are known for having too much to do and not enough time. You're probably wearing multiple hats — all of which are important. So how do you keep the proverbial plates spinning without them falling onto your head? Well, part of the solution is in how you manage your time. Here's the deal: Time management isn't as elusive or mysterious as it sounds. You must manage your time. It's your time, no one else's. Implement these tips to take control of your schedule.More

Study: Church is more informal, like society
The New York Times
Religious institutions often see themselves as countercultural — outposts in an increasingly secular society that challenge the culture with views and practices that are no longer mainstream. But inevitably, culture seeps in, affecting how clergy and laypeople dress and pray and behave toward one another.More

This is one of the most crucial times in a church's life cycle
Deseret News
For congregations that haven't thought about who will succeed their current pastor, the authors of the new book "Next: Pastoral Succession That Works" have words of warning: Be prepared. Churches may not know the day or the hour when they need to have an interim or permanent replacement for the senior pastor.More

3 reasons why financial giving culture has changed
Ministry Best Practices
Church giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. CPA Jeff Anderson shares three unique reasons why the church giving culture is becoming increasingly different ... and dysfunctional. More

James MacDonald asks forgiveness for unbiblical discipline of Harvest Bible Chapel elders
Christianity Today
On Sunday, prominent pastor James MacDonald told his 13,000-member Harvest Bible Chapel congregation that he and his elder board were wrong for how they publicly disciplined three elders in 2013.More

Many church choirs are dying. Here's why
Religion News Service
James Merritt spent years as senior pastor of an Atlanta-area megachurch that featured a mighty choir. Then he changed his tune. At 50, he left First Baptist Church Snellville to plant a new church — 200 people in a rented space at a high school 12 miles away — focused on reaching a young generation.More

Former Virginia pastor gets federal prison time for life insurance scam
Insurance & Financial Advisor
The founder and former pastor of a Chesterfield, Virginia, church was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for scamming at least 1,249 people nationally out of $240,000 with false promises of obtaining universal life insurance policies for a one-time $25 fee.More

3 reasons why financial giving culture has changed
Ministry Best Practices
Church giving culture is drastically different than it was decades ago. While it didn't change overnight, this culture shift has accelerated just in the past five years. CPA Jeff Anderson shares three unique reasons why the church giving culture is becoming increasingly different ... and dysfunctional. More

Designating a housing allowance
Church Law & Tax
Many churches are lax in their housing allowance designations. Internal Revenue Regulation 1.107(b) requires that in order to be housing allowance, the amount must be designated as such pursuant to an official action taken in advance of the payment of the allowance by the employing church or other qualifying organization.More

RIP, average attendance
Faith & Leadership
Average worship attendance was once such an important number. With it, one could predict the size of the church staff, the informal patterns of decision-making, most of the stresses on the pastor's time, the leadership required for small groups, and more. Today that number means much less because the definition of an active member has shifted.More

7 nonprofits to test using Twitter 'buy' button for fundraising
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Seven nonprofits are among the partners in a test of the e-commerce waters by Twitter that allows users to make purchases or donate money directly on the social-media platform. Twitter said on its blog that it would begin experimenting with a "buy" button, a tool that facilitates financial transactions directly from tweets.More

Getting peeps into pews with punch lines
OZY
Inspired by actor Rowan Atkinson's hilarious vicar role, comedian Bentley Browning is teaching the art of stand-up comedy ... to preachers. Don't laugh — using entertainment to put bums back on pews could be a game changer: By gathering fractured communities in church for the simple pleasure of being entertained.More

Leadership lessons from Ms. MacNair's sunday school
Church Mag
Do you remember Sunday School? Most of us who grew up in the church have some nostalgic memories of childhood Sunday mornings. You probably remember some of the lessons, too. What you might not have realized is that you were also learning vital leadership principles. Even the simplest of children's lessons holds truths worth remembering years later.More

5 easy theses
Vanity Fair
There's so much talk about innovation these days that it's become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. How did the most imaginative innovators of our time turn ideas into realities? Why did some succeed and others fail? Here are five of the lessons.More

Manager or leader — which is best?
By Anne Rose
There's an old expression: "Managers do things right, and leaders do the right things." It is true that managers and leaders look at the world differently and exhibit opposite styles of interacting with their environment. Managers like to maintain the status quo, hold things static. Leaders, in contrast, frequently push the boundaries of possibilities. Managers want to tidy the present, while leaders want to expand the future. Look around your company, and you'll see both types — as supervisors and as subordinates. So, which style is better?More