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. The 2015 sessions run June 1-11 on the Emory University campus in Atlanta.

Registration for summer 2015 is now open: please visit http://tinyurl.com/nicfa2015 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.


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 One and Two, 40 hours of electives and a Church Finance and Administration Project Paper), graduates may apply for certification through 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.