Academy of Church Business Administrators (ACBA)

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ACBA Course Set for 2017

Registration link will be availble in early spring

The Academy of Church Business Administration (ACBA), hosted by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA), is held in Nashville, TN each year in June.  Formerly called the National Institute on Church Finance and Administration, the ACBA delivers the high quality education and certification program that church business administrators have come to expect.

Through the ACBA, church administrators receive all the necessary in-classroom training to obtain their designation as a Certified Church Administrator (CCA) through The Church Network. United Methodist participants will also meet the requirements to obtain the additional designation as a Certified United Methodist Church Administrator (CUMCA).

The 2017 Course Schedule


Monday, June 19 - United Methodist Policy (Optional)

Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, June 23
Week One:
Human Resources
Strategic Planning

Saturday, June 24 

Theology & Ethics of Church Administration
Stewardship of Self
Technology & Church Management Software

Monday, June 26 - Thursday, June 29
Week Two:

Legal and Tax Matters
Finances and Facilities

As a United Methodist affiliated program, the courses will be hosted by GCFA in their offices. Six of the general boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church are located in Nashville making resources and staff of the various organizations easily accessible.

Rev. Dr. Bob Winstead, Director of the ACBA, has an 8-year history as the director of the former National Institute on Church Finance and Administration (NICFA) program and over 20 years affiliated with the program. GCFA is excited that Dr. Winstead continues to be part of the program to work with participants in their classes, but also to guide and direct capstone projects for those seeking certification.

2017 Course Registration

Capstone Project Registration Link (TBD)

Course Agenda for 2017 (PDF)

Policy for UM Certification (PDF)

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