NACBA Weekly Update
Nov. 16, 2012

Performing the business of ministry
Associated Baptist Press
Knowing that many churches today operate with smaller staffs and greater facilities and human resources demands than in the past, seminaries are responding with programs aimed at better equipping future ministers with the administrative, financial and other business-oriented skills they'll need to succeed.More

Tax and Legal Update — Year End: Preparing W-2s and forms 1099 the right way: How to avoid penalties
NACBA
The IRS reports that 98 percent of nonprofit organizations underreport taxable income on forms W-2. In this session, Frank Sommerville, JD, CPA, will assist your organization to be in the 2 percent that are filed correctly. You will learn how to properly prepare W-2s for ministers and staff and avoid the dreaded penalties associated with incorrect W-2s. We will also discuss the proper preparation of 1099s, including who should receive them and how do you compute the proper amount reported on the 1099s. Penalties doubled in 2011. You will learn how to avoid penalties associated with W-2s and 1099s that are not timely issued or not correctly reporting the right amounts.

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How to treat veterans in your church
Christianity Today
Nov. 11 was only the eighth time, in the 54 years that it has been celebrated, that Veterans Day fell on a Sunday. It was also the first Sunday after a long and vitriolic campaign, so the observance probably passed unnoticed in many pulpits and congregations. But Veterans Day often passes unnoticed in nonelection years, too — just as veterans' needs and experiences are often overlooked in churches throughout the year.More

How to prepare a crisis communication plan for your church
Christian Web Trends
Abuse, adultery, fire, flooding, murder and theft — churches are not exempt from common crises. Nor are churches protected from scrutiny by local, regional and even national media. How do churches handle crises that put them at risk? How should church leadership communicate with its members, authorities and secular media? Is there a plan in place or is everything handled on-the-fly in real time?More

Reduced property values expected to persist in 2013
Worship Facilities
In addition to tight underwriting guidelines, declining real estate values are making church deals harder to do all the time. And this trend will continue into the New Year, according to finance experts. "We're not seeing the kind of values that we used to — it used to be that if you put $1 into new construction, you'd get at least $1 in appraised value," says David Dennison, principal of Church Mortgage Solutions in Colorado Springs, Colo. "But now it's more like 90 cents."More

4 ways to boost year-end giving
Managing Your Church
Many churches look forward to a year-end giving bump to help make up for a budget shortfall. Churches consistently count on December to boost total giving figures for the year, and in uncertain economic times, this can present challenges. An end-of-year giving project can help maximize a bump up. It also can encourage long-term giving to avoid an overdependence on future Decembers.More

When your church should spend more for computers
ChurchMag
In the church, you're used to saving every penny. So why would you ever spend extra money when you didn't have to? This might seem like anathema to many church cultures, but it shouldn't be. In volunteer-driven churches, the currency you operate on is time. It really means a lot to people who give their time if the tools they use are bought with their time in mind.More

Ohio churches put faith in God and guards
WDTN-TV
VideoBrief Churches across the country are faced with a new kind of evil. In Wisconsin, it was a case of domestic terror: a man who opened fire at a Sikh Temple killed six people and then took his own life. A similar terror happened in a town just south of Atlanta. There, a gunman walked into the chapel of a megachurch and fatally shot someone. Tragedies like these have kept security advisor Mark Stusek busy. He has dedicated his life to blending his mission, "to protect and serve," with his passion for Christ.More

Don't ask for feedback unless you want it
Harvard Business Review
Have you ever been asked for feedback — but had the feeling that it wasn't a genuine request? This dynamic of asking for feedback — but not really wanting it — is very common, whether among family members, friends, or colleagues. There are two underlying dynamics for this seemingly contradictory behavior.More

List of most popular Facebook pages of churches and ministries
djchuang.com
What are the Facebook pages for churches and ministries with the most likes, aka fans? As we've entered the postbillion era of Facebook — the social network that surpassed 1 billion monthly active users on Oct. 4 — it's time to update the list of top churches on Facebook.More

Online security of the believer
Associated Baptist Press
All Christians confess that Jesus is Lord, but he's a poor choice for a computer password, according to an annual listing of passwords on the Internet most prone to hacking. "Jesus" for the first time made the list of SplashData's "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" — the most common passwords stolen by hackers.More

Responsive mobile design for your church
Center for Church Communication
According to an Internet trends report by Morgan Stanley, by mid-2013 more people in the U.S. will have the Internet on their smartphones than desktops. In many parts of the world, the smartphone is the only Internet because over the air technology is all the country really has that is even close to modern. So what does that have to do with church marketing you ask? Everything.More

The employee-motivation checklist
Fast Company
Great leaders make all the difference. Through many years of research, trial and error, and working with companies of all sizes in numerous industries, Dave Lavinsky has identified 16 critical ways to motivate employees. Learn these techniques and adapt as many as possible in your business.More

New York churches attract European tourists to worship
CNN
VideoBrief On any given Sunday in Harlem, N.Y., visitors might be surprised to see who is attending black churches. Tourists are lining up to worship in Harlem, where black churches are becoming big, inspirational attractions for white European travelers. It's a growing trend, and a cultural experience that's uniquely American.More

The engagement secret of great leaders
Forbes
Leadership and storytelling go hand-in-hand. In fact, leaders who lack the ability to leverage the power and influence of storytelling are missing the very essence of what accounts for compelling leadership to begin with — the story. If you've ever been captivated by a skilled orator whose articulation and eloquence have influenced your thinking, you understand the power of the art of story.More