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How to Deter Fraud in Not-for-Profit Organizations


Any organization can be a victim of fraud. According to the most recent Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, issued March 30, 2016, by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)...

Financial Integrity as the Foundation: My Interview with Dan Busby


As we celebrate another National Church Administration Day, I am reminded that without integrity, there is no sound basis for church administration. In all the busyness and complexity of our day-to-day life as church administrators, we cannot afford to forget the foundation of integrity.

10 Tips for Negotiating Your Cyber Insurance Policy


Cyber insurance provides critical protection against the legal and financial repercussions of a data breach, but policy terms vary widely among insurers. These 10 recommendations will help you negotiate the best terms for your association and stay ahead of the hackers.

Your New Building Concept Looks Great!


 When a congregation intends to build, or undertake significant renovation, church leaders will invest a lot of time and energy in developing a building concept, a picture of the future church building or renovation. Significant dollars will be invested in blueprints that are used for competitive bidding, or for a design-build process

Why Get Certified If You Know How to Do Your Job?


With the 2018 national conference just a few weeks away, we are busy gathering and finalizing all the details to recognize individuals who have completed work to become Certified Church Administrators (CCAs) and those who have completed retention work to maintain their certification. It is a highlight focus at the conference each year.

Security in Churches?!


Sunday worship in communities all over America is such a blessing.  Friends and family gather together to worship God as they feel led.  Stories and handshakes are exchanged and people who love each congregate come together...

Self Care: It’s not about changing others


Here’s something I learned about church leadership: It’s not about changing others. This was a hard-won lesson for me, after years of trying to do just that. And it was a relief when I finally learned it.

Staff Care


Jesus used questions to shape his disciples into the leaders he needed them to be. Those same questions can be a powerful means for shaping your staff team as well. One of the most important elements of a healthy church is the staff culture. Whether yours is a...

9 Principles for Creating an Annual Budget in a Small Church


Big churches and small churches design their budgets very differently. While large churches spend their time balancing percentages, designing requisition sheets, and tracking an increase or decrease of giving as one measurement of the church’s health, small churches deal with an entirely different set of issues.