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As I write this, the Church Executive team and I are in the final days leading up to the 2014 National Association of Church Business Administration Conference in Orlando, FL. Having attended this Conference a double-digit number of times, I know fairly well what to expect: an invigorating, busy event that lets me touch base, face-to-face, with so many people I’ve come to know well over the years.

But this year, things are a little different: Our team has really ramped up its offerings at NACBA.

“From Texting to Twitter: Know Your Risks” — a live panel discussion. With the (incredibly gracious) help of our legal / risk management blogger and head contributor Robert Erven Brown, Esq., we’re leading our first-ever educational session at this year’s NACBA Conference.

We all know social media is changing how churches operate — mostly, for the better. Yet, few church leaders recognize the potential risks social media use poses to their churches’ legal and financial health, let alone how to mitigate those hazards. Fortunately, our panel of legal, insurance, risk management and megachurch social media experts is happy to share what they know.

The key takeaways from the discussion will be published in our Sept / Oct 2014 issue, as well as by video on our website. So, keep an eye on your mailbox, inbox and churchexecutive.com for that.

socialmedia-coverSocial Media Risk Management: A Starter Kit. Compiled as a supplement to our panel discussion, you’ll definitely want to download our new E-Book — even if you can’t join us in person in Orlando. This 34-page resource is a must for church executives looking to protect their organizations from social media risks. Inside, you’ll find:

  • Is your church really covered online?
  • Guidelines for protecting youth on the Web
  • Using social media to screen job applicants
  • “Bring-your-own-device” (BYOD) policies
  • Case study: Megachurch social media policy review
  • PLUS, useful Sample Codes of Conduct and Social Media Policies

You’ll find this timely e-resource on our website

Roundtables: Lending / Finance & Church Management Systems & Software. We’ll be conducting two closed-door, invite-only roundtable discussions with high-level executives in the lending / finance and church management systems and software realm. Both are wonderful opportunities to connect with the thought leaders in these industries, and to share their perspectives and strategies with you.

You might recall that we hosted a few of these roundtables last year, as well; those focused on financing, compensation / benefits & fundraising, and risk management. The resulting two-part Q&A series are still relevant and valuable — well worth a keyword search for “roundtable” at churchexecutive.com.

We’ll be doing the same with this year’s roundtables, so keep an eye out for our Sept / Oct 2014 and Nov / Dec 2014 issues for those two-part articles.

screenshotof-nacba-appCETV. As they did at last year’s NACBA Conference, our CETV crew will be on hand videotaping Q&As with suppliers in the exhibit hall. We want to know how they’ve come alongside churches, and the hurdles they’ve helped church clients overcome.

The crew will also tape our panel discussion so we can easily share it with you when we return.

Now, it’s time for finishing touches! Here’s to hoping these resources prove beneficial to you, our readers, long after Orlando.

All the best to you and your ministry,

— RaeAnn

Email: rslaybaugh@churchexecutive.com
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