by Mark Jones

As ministries tightened their budget belts these past few years, they’ve also come to rely more on volunteers than ever before. But every ministry knows the challenges that accompany finding—and retaining—quality volunteers. How do you build a successful volunteer program? For starters, begin with a comprehensive orientation program. Shawn Kendrick from VolunteerHub shares his recommendations and best practices.

How have you found success in retaining volunteers?

by Mark G. Holbrook

There’s no avoiding it. Sooner or later, we are all accountable. When it’s welcomed as an integral part of our lives, accountability is the very foundation of personal development and organizational health. When accountability is absent, delayed, or dysfunctional, our character, reputation, and effectiveness suffer. And when the inevitable consequences arise, weakly accountable people are surprised when their lives begin to fall apart. [read more]

by Mark Jones

I was recently reminded about this important topic during a session with Frank Sommerville, a leading nonprofit attorney. Are musicians, even if they are only used for special events, independent contractors or employees?

In a blog that Frank wrote this year, he identified two organizations that reached the conclusion that musicians are employees of the organization engaging them. [read more]

by Jac La Tour

An upcoming lunch meeting of the Sacramento chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA) offers church business administrators and financial decision makers an opportunity to learn about how to hire the right people.

After a networking time and lunch, attendees will watch a Summit video on “Healthy Hiring” and dialogue during a round table discussion facilitated by Dave Schottky, church administrator with Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church.

This event is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Fair Oaks, California (11427 Fair Oaks Boulevard).

Reserve your spot by emailing Dave Schottky at To learn more, visit

by Jac La Tour

Slow economic recovery has translated into flat or reduced giving for many ministries. What can you do to counter the trend?

On March 15, 2012, we will present the free webinar Proven Ways to Increase Giving to Your Ministry. You’ll learn about several ministries that have experienced increased giving and hear how they generated more revenue. [read more]