Church Business Administration Seminars Offered at UPSem

Union Presbyterian Seminary will host seminars in Church Business Administration on its Richmond campus July 22–25 and July 28–31, 2014. These seminars are designed to equip church business administrators, administrative assistants, treasurers, pastors, and others who want to develop and enhance their skills in church business administration. Participants in the seminar will learn to manage finances, legal and tax issues, facilities and property, human resources, communication, and strategic planning.

“We’ve been offering seminars in these areas for more than two decades,” says Ken McFayden, dean of the Leadership Institute of Union Presbyterian Seminary, which offers these seminars in cooperation with the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). 

“Beginning in 2014,” McFayden says, “we will have a new curriculum that will make church administration seminars more accessible and affordable.”

McFayden explains that this summer all of the core seminars required for certification as a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) are being offered in a two-week period. Participants may register for the full two weeks, or for one week this summer and one week next summer. Seminars also are open to people who are not seeking certification.

Seminar participants earn continuing education units (CEUs) toward certification within the NACBA, which serves a wide range of denominations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). These seminars also meet certifying standards of the Presbyterian Church Business Administrators’ Association (PCBAA).  Union Presbyterian Seminary is one of five sites in the United States designated as a certification center by the NACBA.

The cost of these seminars is $500 for both weeks (eight days) or $250 for one week (four days). Participants may also register for individual seminars at a cost of $75 per day (a two-day course would be $150). Meals and lodging are available at an additional cost.

Membership in the Presbyterian Church Business Administrators’ Association is open to persons whose principal vocation is in business administration in a local church, council, board, agency, or institution of the PC(USA) or the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Learn more at

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Or contact Ken McFayden; 804-278-4300.