A collection of 25 posts
All Shall Be Well
A moment of reflection with words from Rev. Lindsay Ross-Hunt. "And yet, how we do church is not the church -- we are. And we navigate these uncharted waters as so many of the saints have done before us, leaning into the wind of the Spirit as she carries us forward into whatever is next."
Transaction Fees: Why it’s totally fine to ask givers to cover them
When it comes to online giving and text giving in the church, the biggest deterrent is cost. Why should the church have to pay transaction fees? Doesn’t it seem like nickel-and-diming our congregants to ask them to cover the fee? Is it worth it? In terms of worth, having
The 5 Best Ways to Keep in Touch With External Givers
In today’s changing society, you may find that some of your committed supporters are external, meaning anybody who wants to support your church but is not a member. This could be anyone from a former member who has moved away – say, for college or a job or a few
What's The Best Way To Thank Givers?
Do your church members feel that their financial gifts are valued? Penelope Burk, author of Donor-Centered Fundraising [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0968797814/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0968797814&linkCode=as2&tag=onf01-20&linkId=575PGWIE3TZXWIGI] , found that 93 percent
Greg Gibbs on Creating a Culture of Generosity
How can you foster a culture of generosity in your church? Greg Gibbs, Director of Strategic Planning at Kensington Community Church, has worked with about one hundred churches to raise $100 million dollars. He shared his story and best practices to help you change the atmosphere of giving in your
8 Tips For a Successful Offering
The offering time is often one of the most overlooked parts of the church service. Many pastors feel awkward about that time or go into autopilot as they rush to get through it. Yet, the offering time should be an occasion to worship God joyfully through generosity and gratitude. Below
A Better Way to Think About Church Planting
“Church planting” – so hot right now, right? Sure. After all, the current church planting era is wonderful in that it breaks away from traditional growth structures and makes the church about the people who compose it, not those who run it – at least, that’s the idea. Carol S. Wimmer,
This Church Uses Baseball to Grow
Though football is revving up, much of the summer months are thought of as a “dead zone” in terms of sports: You have baseball, a little golf, a little tennis, and more baseball. However, that didn’t stop one church from capitalizing on a choice location and a surging local
10 Principles for Church Management
Oftentimes, church leaders are hesitant to approach church management from too much of a “business-y” standpoint. It’s hard to blame them. For one thing, churches are very different from other non-profits in terms of what they accomplish. There are also plenty of hucksters out there looking to make a
An Interesting Theory on Declining Attendance
For a church leader, attendance is everything. Sure, a lot more goes into a healthy, thriving church, but it all depends on how many butts you have in the pews. With a recent Pew poll finding that people are definitely, maybe, sort of falling out of touch with religion [http:
Is Your Church Diverse Enough to Survive?
A couple of months ago, OnFaith shared a story titled “Are Millennials Really Leaving the Church? Yes — but Mostly White Millennials [http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/05/16/are-millennials-really-leaving-church-yes-but-mostly-white-millennials/32103] .” It got considerable social media exposure, likely because anything nodding in the direction of a doomed church is exceptionally
No Church is too Small for Online Giving
Think back to college or secondary school sociology class. The instructor would perform an exercise where students would be asked to write down whether they considered their family lower, middle, or upper class. At the end, the instructor would plot out the distribution on the chalk board. Against all laws
Feeling Burnt Out? Why not Focus on Growth?
Last week at OnFaith, we featured a story from pastor J.R. Briggs titled “Why Half of All Pastors Want to Quit Their Jobs.” [http://www.faithstreet.com/onfaith/2014/06/25/why-half-of-all-pastors-want-to-quit-their-jobs/32683] Upon further fact checking, we found that titular statistic is… a little spurious, at best a
Church Growth Doesn't Have to be Organized
“Millennials,” people aged roughly 18-32, are an odd thing (Firefox’s spellcheck doesn’t even recognize the word): As The Washington Post noted last week [http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/millennials-consider-leaving-washington-as-the-city-becomes-more-costly/2014/06/16/825e4308-eb67-11e3-9f5c-9075d5508f0a_story.html] , they want to live in hip, urban environments, but as soon as they
Is Old-School Thinking Preventing New-School Growth in your Church?
With an increasing number of Americans claiming spirituality but turning away from organized “traditional” denominations, growing an established church can be difficult. If you’re a church leader, you’ve undoubtedly experienced these non-growth pains yourself. However, if we can open our minds a bit, maybe there’s a lesson