Need a mobile version?


NACBA Weekly Update
June 5, 2009
NACBA® Links >    Membership   Resources   Events   Certification   National Conference   Local Chapters   Jobs   Teleweb Archive

Be sure to check out the new Product Showcases for churches:
    ACS Technologies
  BizChair Church Chairs
    Grounds for Play
  VIDEX Inc.

American Christian Leaders Applaud Obama's Speech
from Presbyterian News Service
A diverse group of American Christian leaders praised President Obama for his speech in Cairo reaching out to the Muslim world and making Israeli-Palestinian peace a top priority of his administration. In a letter to the president, the group also, however, expressed grave concern over the "deteriorating situation in the Holy Land" and urged the Obama administration to make real and concrete progress in achieving a just peace between Israel and the Palestinians. More    E-mail article

TLC Ministries

Churches Fight Back Against Shrinking Membership
from U.S. News & World Report
With their new branding campaigns, mainline churches are betting that many young Americans are looking for worship alternatives to politically conservative evangelical congregations. A recent study conducted for the United Methodist Church by the Barna Group, a consulting firm specializing in faith-based polling, found that a third of Americans under 35 consider themselves spiritual but are not deeply connected to a church. "These young people have rejected too close a tie between religion and politics," says David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group. "So the mainline sensibility provides a unique opportunity to speak to them." More    E-mail article

All Star Church Restorations

Creating Rites of Passage in Your Church
from Youth Ministry Today
What constitutes a rite of passage, and what doesn't? What is the place of rites of passage within our culture, and specifically within the Christian church? Youth ministries have a responsibility to help kids and families cross these life-passage thresholds together. This article examines several questions that deserve careful attention, drawing on research insights from the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and theology. More    E-mail article

Spiritual Immaturity Stymies Church
from the Baptist Press
An unclear understanding of spiritual maturity may be an underlying reason why there is so little progress in seeing people develop spiritually in the United States, despite overwhelming access to churches and unlimited products and resources, The Barna Group says. More    E-mail article

Poll Analysis: U.S. Christ Followers Not Following Church Leaders
from The Christian Post
Nearly nine in ten Americans who participated in the latest Associated Press-GfK poll identified themselves as Christian but only about half of them fit the typical picture of one – or at least one close to what their leaders try to paint. Though 86 percent of those polled said they consider themselves a Christian, only 35 percent said they attended religious services at least once a week. More    E-mail article

   Product Showcase:
   Engaging Web Site Visitors Through Ministry Integration

One of the easiest ways to engage visitors to the church Web site is to integrate ministry areas like small groups, events, outreach, and volunteer management with the church’s content management system. For practical advice on Developing An Effective Web Strategy, download the ACS ministry guide today. Download now

Church Hands Out Cash in 'Faith Stimulus'
from The Associated Press via MSNBC
On a recent Sunday, members of Bay Community Church in Malbis, Ala., each were given envelopes stuffed with cash. Inside was $20, $40 or $100, depending on luck of the draw. No ordinary handout, the $50,000 gesture was billed as a "faith stimulus." Church members were told to spend it helping others, a novel approach to religious outreach during tough economic times. More    E-mail article

Lay Off the Layoffs
from the Leadership Journal
The Federal Reserve projects unemployment may hit 8.8 percent by the end of the year. But at least one church leader says churches have a biblical responsibility to exhaust all options to reduce operating budgets before resorting to the same job-cutting tactics used by companies, agencies, and ministries during the first quarter of 2009, which left millions of Americans out of work. More    E-mail article

Christian Community Credit Union

Some Churches Help Christians View Culture through Spiritual Lenses
from the Associated Baptist Press
What does it mean to participate with God in “making all things new”? Many feel the answer to that question is key to the life and liturgy of the church. “We think of ‘creating culture,’” said Winn Collier, one of the pastors at All Souls Church in Charlottesville, Va. “We are part of -- and contributing to -- our culture. The question is whether we are doing it faithfully, purposefully and well.” More    E-mail article

County Won't Force Permit on Bible Study Leaders
from The Union-Tribune
As reported in last week’s NACBA Weekly Update, a code enforcement officer recently warned Pastor David Jones of Bonita, Calif., for holding a “religious assembly” without a permit. The action became an international incident when it was initially reported last week. Barraged by hundreds of complaints, San Diego County officials backed down yesterday from their enforcement. More    E-mail article

The most cost effective alternative to rock salt.... Guaranteed bare pavement, every time you shovel or plow!

Less expensive and more effective than granular salt. Fixed yearly salting budget. No odor, staining, or tracking like rock salt. Environmentally friendly! More info

Many Churches not Changing Security Plans in Wake of Shooting
from the Lexington Herald-Leader
"You can live in faith or you can live in fear," pastor Gene Williams said three days after George Tiller was fatally shot in a Wichita, Kan., church. Williams, pastor emeritus at First Church of the Nazarene in Wichita, said for him, living in faith means keeping access to churches as open as possible. For other clergy, it means protecting their congregations with uniformed officers and security cameras. More    E-mail article

Why Churches Don’t Grow
from Church Executive Magazine
Healthy organisms grow. Healthy people grow, healthy animals grow, healthy trees grow, healthy plants grow, healthy churches grow. It is a characteristic that God supernaturally breathed into all living things. And the body of Christ — the local church — is a living thing. So, when a church is not growing, it is an important question to ask why. More    E-mail article

GuideOne Insurance

Faith a Rock in Tough Times, Pastors Say
from The Abilene Reflector-Chronicle
The bad economy and increasing unemployment rates as a result of a global recession have people debating an age-old question – do hard times equal increased church attendance? More    E-mail article

Kentucky Church to Hold Gun Service
from the Courier-Journal
A Kentucky church is sponsoring an "Open Carry Church Service" in late June, encouraging people to wear unloaded guns in their holsters, enter a raffle to win a free handgun, hear patriotic music and listen to talks by operators of gun stores and firing ranges. Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., said the first-time event is "basically trying to think a little bit outside the box" to promote "responsible gun ownership and Second Amendment rights." More    E-mail article


What every Church needs to know about their Website
by PinPoint Creative Group
85% of visitors click on a church website before attending a church. It's critical to understand the 10 commandments that must be followed in order to... More

Product Showcases

   Church Chairs from $29.99 - In Stock & Ready to Ship

Church Chairs 4 Less has the largest selection of church chairs online, starting at $29.99. Our unmatched pricing and selection can’t be beat, as we have cut out the middleman. Save time and money with our Quick Ship program and low freight rates. Need help with your project or have questions about chairs? Call one of our experts today at 866-260-3183.

Phone: 866-260-3183 – Web:

   Grounds For Play:
   Outdoor environments from the ground up

For 25 years Grounds For Play has been the worldwide leader in providing safe outdoor play environments and services. Our turn-key solutions include designing, site planning, manufacturing and installing of playgrounds, outdoor classrooms, safety surfacing, shades, shelters and site amenities as well as providing concrete work and services related to outdoor environments and playgrounds. More info

   Product Showcase:
   Gain Electronic Access Control at the Door without Wiring

Gain electronic access control and an audit trail simply by replacing the mechanical cylinders in your door and cabinet locks with CyberLock electronic cylinders. No wiring is required. Both the lock and key record openings. Missing keys can be quickly inactivated, eliminating “lost key” worries.
More info

TC3 Construction Services

Strategos International

Share Financial

Signs Plus Signs

Signs Plus Church Signs
The #1 Way To Advertise Your Church & Increase Visitors! Free Article, Brochure & DVD.
More info


We’ll be good for each other. Or it’s FREE!
We’re confident that you’ll have a great relationship with eTapestry. In fact, we’re willing to guarantee it. Visit to learn about our on-demand fundraising software.
More info

Join us for NACBA’s 53rd National Conference
July 17-21, 2009
Long Beach, CA

This edition of the NACBA Weekly Update was sent to ##Email##. To unsubscribe, click here.

Did someone forward this edition to you? Subscribe here - it's free!

NACBA is a registered trademark of the National Association of Church Business Administration.


Ben Maitland, Director of Advertising Sales

Download Media Kit

To contribute news to the NACBA Weekly Update, contact Colby Horton, Director of Media and Content, 469.420.2601.

Recent Issues

  • Aug. 28, 2009
  • Aug. 21, 2009
  • Aug. 14, 2009
  • Aug. 7, 2009
  • July 31, 2009

     RSS Feed
    Most popular articles

  • Powered by MultiBriefs
    MultiView, Inc., 7701 Las Colinas Blvd., Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063