National Institute in Church Finance and Administration 2013

Atlanta, Georgia

About the Institute

The National Institute in Church Finance and Administration (NICFA) program fulfills the curriculum requirement for achieving certification by the National Association of Church Business Administration (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.

Satisfactory completion of all program components allows the participant to apply for certification as a Certified Church Administrator.
Upon completion of the one educational components of the Institute program (Seminar IA, IB, IIA or IIB, and Church Finance and Administration Project), graduates may apply for certification through the GCFA*, NACBA* and/or other denominational associations*. Denominational certification guidelines and applications should be obtained from those organizations.  *please visit these organization's web sites for complete information on certification criteria. 

Here is a link to a Letter to church leadership.pdf that may be helpful in letting church leaders know of the benfits in attending NICFA

Below is a link to the Pitts Library where you will find an archive of certification project papers:
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.


Robert (Bob) Winstead, an ordained Elder clergy member of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, is the Director of Lifelong Learning for Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For 27 years Bob served as pastor of congregations in Georgia, and in 2008 joined the faculty as the Director of Lifelong Learning and Assistant Professor in the Practice of Church Leadership at Candler School of Theology.
 Bob Winstead received his doctorate in Staff Management and Pastoral Leader-ship from McCormick Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, and also holds degrees from Berry College and Emory University. His dissertation work focused on congregational leadership and the partnership of pastor(s), staff and lay leaders as the primary ingredient for effective congregations. He regularly leads workshops and seminars, teaching on the subjects of Personality Tests (MBTI & DISC profiles), church administrative practices, and employment processes in the church.
 Bob is the Director of the National Institute in Church Business Administration, and leads the pro-fessional certification process for United Methodist Church business administrators for GCFA.
 Bob is the Past-President of the Board of Directors for Christian Educators Fellowship of the UMC, an organization of support, training and advocacy for professionals in Christian education. He is also on the Continuing Education Committee of General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Bob is a contributing author of Contextualizing Theological Education, and has published articles in the NACBA Ledger, the United Methodist Worship Connection, Christians in Education, and other periodicals and publications, where he writes for and about the issues facing congregational leaders, pastors and
Christian educators.
 Bob is a national trainer for Disciple Bible Study and travels widely leading workshops and training events in congregational administration, Christian education and pastoral leadership. He authored the current Disciple Bible Study training design used by Cokesbury Seminars for training events used across the United States.
 Bob's hobbies include playing music, building log homes, and riding motorcycles. He is the drummer for Wild At Heart (a Christian worship band) and Bluesheart (an Atlanta-based blues band). He and his wife, Kathy, make their home in Decatur, GA. They have three children and four wonder-ful grandchildren.
Tom Elliott is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference, United Methodist Church where he has served as the Associate Minister of Covington First UMC (1987-89), and pastor of Jones Chapel UMC in Danielsville
(1989-93), The First UMC of Dacula (1993-2001), and Northbrook UMC
(2001-07). He is currently Senior Pastor of Cannon UMC in Snellville, Georgia.
 Throughout his ministry, Tom has focused extensively on
evangelism, spiritual formation, and church development. He believes
strongly in leading people to Jesus Christ and congregations to discover
 God?s vision and their unique mission in the work of the Kingdom.
In addition to pastoral responsibilities, Tom has taught “Enabling an
Evangelizing Church (EV 501)” in the M. Div. Program at Candler and
Wesley Theological Heritage in the Course of Studies School. He has also
 been an Adjunct Instructor in religion at Reinhardt College (North
Fulton Campus). He also serves as a Trustee of Salem Camp Ground, Inc.
since 1985.
 As a musical evangelist (singer, songwriter, musician)
 Tom appears in churches, coffee houses, and various settings. In 1999,
he released his first CD entitled “God's Time,” which features a
collection of original music. He is currently working on a new CD
project entitled “Jubilee,” a collection of original worship tunes. Tom
is also member of “Wild at Heart,” a band consisting of eight clergy
 Tom has a Bachelor of Arts from Mercer University in
Psychology and Philosophy, a Master of Divinity from the Candler School
of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Emory University. A native
Georgian, he is married to Kelly, and they have two college-aged
children, a daughter, Lucy, and son, Thomas.
Dave Schroeder is an experienced executive-level consultant who helps churches, other
non-profit organizations and corporations use information technology
more effectively. He has served as a Chief Information Officer and Chief
 Technology Officer for several public and venture-capital based
companies and was instrumental in building the San Francisco-based
legal industry dotcom, He has also been Vice President of
eCommerce for Atlanta-based iXL, a 3,000 person Internet consulting
company and Director of Technical Consulting for IBM's Interactive Media
 division, where helped design and implement web sites for major
companies such as Hertz, Starwood Hotels and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Dave has a BA from Swarthmore College and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon
University with a focus on Management and Organizational Behavior. He
also has an M.Div., magna cum laude, from Drew Theological School
(United Methodist) and has attended Princeton and Chicago Theological
Seminaries. Dave has extensive non-profit management experience and has
served as an officer for an international non-profit. He has also taught
 classes for local pastors, staff and laity on web design and leveraging
 Internet technologies to support the local church and welcomes new
consulting opportunities.

Franklin "Zip" Long joined Horizons in 2010. He has served over 30 years in ministry, working with more than 100 churches in 22 states and 2 foreign countries. As a consulting pastor, Zip has raised levels of generosity in a variety of churches, working with Baptist, Catholic, Christian (Disciples), Episcopal, Lutheran (ELCA & MS), Methodist, Nazarene, Orthodox, and Presbyterian congregations. His ministry with each church is built on the foundation of the strong connection between stewardship
 and spirituality.
 Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Long earned the Master of Divinity degree from Emory University in Atlanta. As a pastor in the local church for more than 22 years, Zip served in as a staff member and lead pastor in a wide range of congregations from small rural parishes to suburban, mid-sized congregations to large urban, multi-staff settings.
 Zip and his wife Nada, live in Lawrenceville, Georgia. They share four grown children, and one beautiful grandchild.

Jim Robey is a United Methodist minister and a Life Coach. He is the Executive Director of ATTENTIONAL GROWTH INC, a non-profit organization which he founded in 2004. Jim is a renowned speaker, seminar leader, teacher, minister and coach with a profound commitment to help others grow in their work and life. His ministry takes him across the USA to work with a variety of church and non-profit groups. He also serves as the CCO (Chief Connecting Officer) for the United Methodist Coaching Connection, a newly formed group of lay and clergy who are passionate about bringing coaching more fully into the UMC. Included in his coaching is his humor, life experiences, 39 years of ministry, love for God and the church, and profound commitment to helping grow others in their ministry and connection to God. As a coach, Jim is certified through the Coaches Training Institute, credentialed by the International Coach Federation, and endorsed by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency of the UMC. His coaching clients have included persons in the United States, Canada and Europe. He serves as a Faculty for both Coaching Clergy and Call to Action Coaching. He is a Mentor Coach for the UMC's Path 1 program for new church start pastors, and is the Coach Trainer for the Lead Women Pastors Project of the UMC.
 Additionally, Jim teaches classes for the Intentional Growth Center at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, and provides leadership for the Center for Health's Renew “U” program. He is a founding member of Sacred Fire Coaching, which offers coaching and leadership resources across the United Methodist Church as well as other denominations, non-profits and businesses. Jim and his wife Betty live in Gulf Shores, Alabama. He can be contacted at (205) 960-3157 or Jim@Attentiona His web
 address is
 Jim Robey's Education:
-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute, 2006-2007.
-Active Coaches Training, The Coaches Training Institute, 2005. -1979.

Phil Schroeder is Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
With a focus on existing church development, Phil serves as a consultant on all aspects of local church life. He provides empowerment and guidance to the minis-try areas: Outreach, Parish Life and Witness.
Phil has served at North Georgia churches Grayson, Peachtree Road, Gainesville First, Stark and Lowell. He and Elizabeth have been married for more than 24 years and have three children, Daniel, Kathryn and Paul. Phil graduated from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and the dual degree program in business and theology at Emory resulting in both an MBA and an MDiv.
 During his Doctor of Ministry work at the United Theological Seminary, he completed three books with Abingdon Press entitled Using the Five Senses to Tell Gods Story: Children's Sermons for the New Com-mon Lectionary - Years A, B & C. He has taught Religious Leadership and Administration as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology in both the MDiv. and Course of Study for the past 13 years.
 Phil has been a national DISCIPLE Bible Study trainer and has chaired the Equitable Compensation Commission for North Georgia. For fun, Phil enjoys a challenging game of Scrabble or a thoughtful film. Check out his contributions to the North Georgia Conference blog at!

Katy Hinman is the Associate Minister at Decatur First United Methodist Church in Decatur, Georgia.  Katy grew up in Decatur and attended to Druid Hills High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After college, she went to the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island, where she earned her PhD in Ecology and Evolution studying nectar-feeding bats in Arizona. She was working in Phoenix, Arizona as the Bat Biologist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department when she was called into the ministry. She received her Master of Divinity at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For five years, she worked as the Executive Director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that works with faith communities on environmental issues, before getting her first appointment in ministry at Decatur First UMC.

Gail Hyde  is Chief Information Officer for Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat for Humanity has a presence in more than 90 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.As CIO for Habitat for Humanity International, Gail is responsible for developing and implementing IT strategies that enable the worldwide operations of HFHI.  Responsibilities areas include system-wide hardware, voice and data networking, office automation, human resource, financial, resource development, volunteer mobilization, support center and constituent relationship management systems in support of the domestic headquarters oaffices as well as international area, branch and national office locations throughout the world. Prior to joining Habitat for Humanity International, Gail spent over 30 years working in various IT positions for national and global telecommunications companies, including GTE (now Verizon), BellSouth, and AT&T. A native of Tampa, Florida, Gail earned a B.A. degree from University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from University of Tampa. In her spare time, Gail can be found donned in welding apparel and working on metal sculptures in her Atlanta studio Metalsome. Gail has sold her metal art pieces in local and regional juried art exhibits. 

Gerald C (Jerry) Kane was the first Ph.D. graduate from Goizueta Business School of Emory University with a degree in Information Systems.  Dr. Kane’s research interests primarily involve using social networks and social media technologies to manage knowledge in organizations.  He recently received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to pursue this research, the Foundation's "most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."  His work has been published in journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, and Information Systems Research.  He also holds a M.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University, and a M.Div. from Emory University.  Prior to joining the faculty at BC, Kane served as an ordained clergy in full connection in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.


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