A collection of 32 posts
FaithStreet Art Partners is delighted to introduce our next featured artist, Susan Whitlow. A lifelong artist, Susan creates meaningful pieces in her home studio. Her passion for hearing the stories of others has inspired her craft, and she brings those stories to life through canvas and paint.
NEW: FaithStreet Art Partners
FaithStreet is glad and grateful to announce the launch of FaithStreet Art Partners. FaithStreet Art Partners brings works from leading faithful artists into the FaithStreet congregation app to bring beauty and inspiration into a space that has traditionally lacked both.
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
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
4 Little Problems Solved by Online Giving
Often times when we talk about online giving [http://faithstreet.com/giving] here at FaithStreet, we speak in broad strokes. You know, “online giving increases giving overall” (it does), or “online giving is affordable no matter how small your church” (it is). That’s what our customers want to hear
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
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
Three simple keys for finding the "right" church
Relevant [http://www.relevantmagazine.com/], an online and print magazine targeted at faith-minded millennials, has a nifty article about finding the “right” church. Given that helping people find a church is FaithStreet [http://www.faithstreet.com/about]’s sole reason for existing, this piqued our interest You’ll have to