NACBA Continues to Offer “Double” Scholarships for Annual Conference

The NACBA board of directors voted to continue its version of an economic stimulus package first adopted in 2009. They agreed to continue for 2010 the doubling of the amount of scholarship a person may receive for attending the national conference or certification classes from $250 to $500.

“While economic news is improving, the downturn in the economy continues to strain church budgets,” said Simeon May, NACBA’s CEO. “One very unfortunate response is that many churches have eliminated continuing education for staff. Having a bad economy doesn’t mean the need for training and continuing education has gone away. Staying current on church administration issues is just as crucial as ever.”

The NACBA Endowment Fund provides the funds for these conference and certification scholarships. While the endowment fund corpus has been reduced, like most investments in this economy, there are still significant funds available for scholarships.

“We want to do everything we can to help our members receive the continuing education they need, especially those most impacted by the down economy,” said NACBA President Cheryl Kohlsteadt, CCA, “Our endowment fund provided scholarships of various types to 58 people during 2009. We’re fortunate to be able to continue the ‘double’ scholarship award in 2010. The national conference is such a special event for training, networking, and reenergizing and we hope all of our members will be able to join with us in Orlando.”

This year’s conference features more than 90 learning sessions plus keynote addresses from Robert W. Winstead, D.Min.; Reggie McNeal, M.Div., Ph.D.; Susan Beaumont, MBA, M.Div.; and Will Mancini, Th.M.

The endowment scholarship application form is available on the “Conferences and Events” page on NACBA’s new web site at www.nacba.net/Pages/Conference.aspx. One qualification criterion is that a person must have been an Active member of NACBA for at least six months. The other criteria are listed on the application form.