NACBA Weekly Update
Sep. 20, 2013

As denominations decline, numbers of unpaid ministers rise
Religion News Service
The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement? They won’t have to pay him. A 57-year-old fly fishing guide, Marmon, whose wife is a lawyer, says he doesn’t want or need a church salary. He belongs to a growing breed of mainline Protestant clergy who serve congregations in exchange for little or no compensation.More

3 marketing lessons from Jesus
By Mark MacDonald
Churches need to become known for something. Something that offers a positive solution to an audience in desperate need. Something that is simple and easy to remember. Not many things; but one thing. That's good promotion. And preparing the strategy to accomplish all of this is ultimately called marketing. In John 4, Jesus used excellent marketing skills, and here are three lessons we need to emulate.More

TeleWeb: In Google we trust
NACBA
For the church admin person, this Oct. 3 session will not only give insight into connecting with one of the most unreached groups for many churches — millenials — but it will also help them better connect with those younger members on their church staff or ministry teams. This is a great webinar for groups of staff to tune into, not just the admin types.More

Leading a church more complex than leading a business
Church Central
A business executive who resigned from an international corporation to accept a position as the administrator of a large church once commented, "It's much more difficult to oversee a church than to run a business." Others, including ministers and elders in small churches, have echoed his conviction.More

Megachurch megabusiness
ChurchTechToday.com
Churches across America are shutting down at a rate of 1 percent while megachurches are growing at rate of 8 percent. Many have criticized them for using corporate techniques to create economic empires. All the while, smaller churches watch their flock migrate towards a religious experience that’s a little more ... mega.More

10 tips on addressing conflict within the church
Episcopal Cafe
Conflict. Even the word itself makes us cringe a little. It has a hard, biting edge. In the back of our minds, the word conjures up unsettling images — of dentists' drills, of that last really bad cold, of falling out of a tree as a child. We may never come to enjoy conflict, but with perspective we learn to put it in its proper place. So, next time you feel like you're about to be run over by a truck named conflict, here are 10 tips to help you understand and work through it.More

3 changing trends in American churches
The Christian Post
Thom Rainer writes, "I am a trend watcher, particularly among churches in America. I am not particularly insightful or smart; I simply listen and speak to many churches. In fact, through my travels, blog and other social media, I hear from thousands of church leaders every week. The three trends I've recently noticed are not new. What is new is that a relatively few churches embraced these concepts a few years ago."More

Tennessee church to build 'ministry mall' as community outreach center
The Christian Post
Friendship Community Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., plans to expand their community outreach efforts through their anticipated Impact Center that will serve as a one-stop locale for resources and "hope" for its area residents. The center, which Pastor Todd Stevens has deemed as a "ministry mall" will be a multipurpose, 35,000-square-foot building that will sit on 15 acres of land that will become the first of its kind in Tennessee once construction is complete. More

Making small spaces work
Worship Facilities
If you are a pastor or ministry leader in a healthy, growing church, you know firsthand how this blessing can cause some logistical issues. What do you do if your church has outgrown areas of your current facility, but you are not yet at a place where you can build a new one? Or maybe you are even in the process of building a facility. What do you do in the interim to make sure that quality ministry can still happen even though ministry space may seem crowded?More

Business owners and facility managers go green to save green
Joy Burgess
Many business owners and facility managers equate going green with spending more money. Implementing certain green technologies that reduce water use, improve energy efficiency and increase sustainability requires an initial investment, but many facility managers and business owners have found that going green actually saves money over time. And the benefits of going green don't stop at cost savings.More

A crisis in leadership
By Michael J. Berens
Leaders must make difficult decisions that are not always popular. They instigate changes that upend people's lives and shift the balances of power and wealth. Are we too close to our time to recognize truly gifted leaders or to fully appreciate the effects of their decisions? Should we not be concerned about the ostensible leadership vacuum? Perhaps. But I suspect there are other forces at play.More

5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. Here are some reasons why every employer should have one.More

The big boom in online giving
Church Leaders
While the number of churches that are offering online giving is rising, the last definitive study on churches offering online giving found that only 14 percent of churches offered this tool. But the church is still a long ways from seeing a boom in online giving. Why are most churches missing out on the online giving boom?More

A crisis in leadership
By Michael J. Berens
Leaders must make difficult decisions that are not always popular. They instigate changes that upend people's lives and shift the balances of power and wealth. Are we too close to our time to recognize truly gifted leaders or to fully appreciate the effects of their decisions? Should we not be concerned about the ostensible leadership vacuum? Perhaps. But I suspect there are other forces at play.More

Go ahead: Ask your employees if they're happy
Harvard Business Review
When was the last time you made the effort to see, really see, what the people you work with are thinking and how they're feeling about their jobs? With Gallup's latest State of the American Workplace survey showing that 70 percent of U.S. employees are not engaged at work, it seems that the majority of managers would greet that question with a blank stare. More

Why leaders need desperation
Church Leaders
We often look to wisdom from the most famous people in Scripture. People like Moses, David, Joseph, Esther, Peter and Paul offer great insights on life and leadership. While these leaders are certainly worth studying, let's consider some priceless wisdom from nameless people. A group of these "nameless" people are found in the Gospel of Mark, and they teach us a powerful leadership lesson on desperation.More