National Institute in Church Finance and Administration (NICFA)

Real Possibilities: NICFA at Candler Powers the Business of Ministry

NICFA at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology powers the business of ministry by training church administrators, pastors, and volunteers in the business of running a church. Legal and tax matters; personnel, office and financial management; strategic planning; conflict resolution—churches that attend to these details allow ministry to thrive. Master these skills at NICFA as you:

•  Start on the path to Church Business Administrator certification

•   Benefit from Candler’s outstanding faculty and  state-of-the-art instructional space

•   Learn through mentoring, cohort groups, networking,  and online options even after the class term ends

•   Choose to attend one week or up to four weeks

Legal and tax matters. Human resource management. Strategic planning. If you’re responsible for managing the business of the local church, these issues can keep you awake at night.

Enter The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration (NICFA) at Candler School of Theology, which offers comprehensive training to those involved in the business of running churches Offered each June in partnership with the General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church, NICFA has been helping church administrators, pastors, and volunteers navigate everything from finances and property management to marketing and conflict resolution for more than 40 years. This year’s session runs June 3-28 on the Emory University campus in Atlanta.

Registration for summer 2014 is now open: please visit http://tinyurl.com/nicfa2014  for more detailed  information than below.

The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration (NICFA) program fulfills the curriculum requirement for achieving certification by the National Association of Church Business Administrators (NACBA) and the United Methodist Association of Church Business Administrators (UMACBA). NICFA seminars are intentionally ecumenical in course content, teaching approach and enrollment. Persons from all denominations are welcome.

2014 Seminar Schedules 

Seminar II A  June 2-6

Seminar II B  June 9-13

Monday
1 - 1:30

Gathering Time

 

Monday
1 - 1:30

Gathering Time

 

Monday
1:30 - 5

Leading the Church Through Relational Administration

Monday
1:30 - 5

Financial Management and Accounting Practices

Tuesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Congregational Legal & Tax Matters 

Tuesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Coaching & Teamwork

Tuesday PM
1:30 - 5

Legal & Tax Matters, cont.

Tuesday PM
1:30 - 5

Church Fundraising and Capital Stewardship

Wednesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Legal & Tax Matters, cont.

Wednesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Organizational Theory and Strategic Planning

Wednesday PM
1:30 - 5

Legal & Tax Matters, cont.

Wednesday PM
1:30 - 5

Organizational Theory and Strategic Planning, cont.

Thursday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Theology of Church and Christian Perspective

Thursday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Financial Management and Accounting Practices

Thursday PM
1:30 - 5

Theology & Ethics of Church Administration

Thursday PM
1:30 - 5

Effective Long-Range Planning in the Church

Friday AM
8:45 - 12:00

Developing a Rule of Life & Leadership

Friday AM
8:45 - 12:00

Stewardship of Self

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seminar I A  June 16-20

Seminar I B  June 23-27

Monday
1 - 1:30

Gathering Time

 

Monday
1 - 1:30

Gathering Time

 

Monday
1:30 - 5

Introduction to Church Administration

Monday
1:30 - 5

Management and Personality Types

Tuesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Theology of Stewardship and Best Stewardship Practices

Tuesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Managing and Transforming Church Conflict

Tuesday PM
1:30 - 5

Information Management & Technology

Tuesday PM
1:30 - 5

Human Resources: Staff Administration Development Issues

Wednesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Property & Facility Management

Wednesday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Office Management

Wednesday PM
1:30 - 5

Social Media, Websites and the Church

Wednesday PM
1:30 - 5:30

Human Resources: Legal Issues and Safe Sanctuaries

Thursday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Marketing Your Church to the World

Thursday AM
8:45 - 12:30

Congregational Leadership

Thursday PM
1:30 - 5

Ecology, Responsibility & Greening the Church 

Thursday PM
1:30 - 5:30

Human Resources: Stewardship of Volunteers

Friday AM
8:45 - 12:00

United Methodist Polity and Diversity

Friday AM
8:45 - 12:00

Human Resources: Staff Leadership and Team Building 

 Costs: Fees also include lunch on Tues, Wed. and Thurs

Late Registration Schedule

Seminar IIA - May 19, 2014*
Seminar IIB - May 26, 2014*
Seminar IA - June 2, 2014*
Seminar IB - June 9, 2014*

*After this date a $25 late registration fee will be added for each seminar.

$50 late registration fee for each seminar will be added to registrations made 7 days before the start of the seminar.

Register early to avoid late fees!

United Methodists
Registration Fee: 
$100 (non refundable)

Tuition for each seminar week: 
$150*

*Scholarships from GCFA applied

Other Denominations
Registration Fee:
 
$100 (non refundable)

Tuition for each seminar week: 
$400


Church Finance and Administration Project: This is an individual self directed project and the final requirement for satisfactory completion of the program. Details regarding project requirements will be provided as part of the seminar content. Interested parties may view a list of previously completed projects by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.

Upon completion of the Institute program (Seminar IA and IB, Seminar IIA and IIB, and Church Finance and Administration Project Paper), graduates may apply for certification through the GCFA, the NACBA and/or other denominational associations. Denominational certification guidelines and applications should be obtained from those organizations.

Professional training standards for the National Institute of Church Finance and Administration are established in cooperation with:

Emory University Online Catalog Listing Several NICFA Projects »
Click on the "View" button for the project you are interested in. This will take you to a detail page that contains a link to the electronic version of the project. Click on the hyperlink after "Electronic access." This will open the file in Adobe Acrobat.

For additional information concerning seminar standards go to www.NACBA.net.