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How to Start a Chapter


Starting a local chapter is a rewarding and educational experience and TCN is there to support you along the way.

TCN supports two different types of Chapter structure.  TCN Groups and TCN Chapters (chartered).


What's the difference?

A TCN Group is comprised of individuals in a geographical location in which no TCN chartered chapter exists. This group of individuals meet on regular basis to share information pertaining to church administration.  One individual serves as the contact for the group.

A TCN Chapter (chartered) is a group of individuals in a geographical location that meet under the leadership of executive officers, bylaws and a constitution.  Regular meetings are planned.  Additional benefits include the option of offering CEU's ( continuing education credits) to those who attend.


Below are step-by-step instructions to help your new chapter/group grow and succeed.

  • Contact the association office at (800) 898-8085 to obtain a list of active members within your chapter area
  • Plan an informational meeting for prospective new members and arrange for a speaker to discuss the benefits of joining TCN.
  • Create a list of prospective members pulling from resources such as mail surveys, denominational offices, personal contacts and even the telephone book. Contact the TCN national office to obtain a list of relevant contacts within your chapter interest area from the national database.
  • Heavily promote the first meeting using flyers, local church page of the newspaper, ministerial alliance and denominational offices. The TCN national office can assist you in sending invites and or e-mails to contacts in our national database.
  • Secure promotional materials from the national office for handouts and mailings.
  • During the meeting, highlight national member benefits and the importance of the local and national organizations.
  • Select an organizer who will be in charge of getting together periodically for study, training, problem solving, sharing and fellowship.
  • Select a leader who will be in charge of recruiting new members.
  • Decide on a set meeting schedule, time and place while keeping in touch with the TCN office through e-mail.
  • Select a name for your group, preferable one that helps identify your geographic location.


If you decide to become a charter chapter, additional benefits and instructions are included below.

Being an TCN Chartered Chapter gives you more including: offering CEU’s for meetings that qualify, direct contact with a specific national board member for information and assistance, access to the TCN national database to track your membership rooster and dues, and Web space provided for a chapter Web site with membership tracking. To apply for charter membership, fill out the charter application.

See "How to Begin a Local Chapter" in the documentation to the right.

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Office Installation General.docOffice Installation
Officer Training.pptOfficer Training
Suggestions for Improving TCN Chapter Meetings.docSuggestions for Improving TCN Chapter Meetings
Chapter CEU guidelines.pdfChapter CEU Guidelines
Application for charter.PDFApplication for a chapter
Achievement Report Tools Available.pdfAchievement Report Tools Available
Chapter Connector overview.pdfChapter Connector overview & EMail Policy
TCN Sample Const_Bylaws.docxSample Chapter Constitution and Bylaws
Awards Nomination Form.pdfAwards Nomination Form
Sample_Email_to_Recruit_Members.docxSample Email to Recruit Members
What other chapters are talking about.pdfNotes from Houston 2012 leaders luncheon
Endowment Fund Scholarship App.pdfScholarship Application
HOW TO BEGIN A LOCAL CHAPTER.pdfHow to Begin a Local Chapter
MembershipMatters 2014-01-23.pptxMembershipMatters (NACBA 101)
Chapter Officers.pdfChapter Officer Sample Job Descriptions
Tips for a Successful Chapter.docTips for a Successful Chapter
TCN CHAPTER ACHIEVEMENT REPORT.pdfChapter Achievement Report - Paper copy
501(c)(3) Application Process for Chapters.docHow to Apply for Exemption from Federal income taxes:
Chapter President's Guide to Reporting.docNACBA President’s Guide to Chapter Reporting
TCN Chapter CEU guidelines new address.pdf