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Make Your Next Summer Mission Trip Your Best Yet

You don’t want to drop the ball on your next mission trip. Summer mission trips give your congregation a unique opportunity to serve others as you grow spiritually as a team.

But they can also be a disaster. A poorly planned, poorly executed summer mission trip won’t just set your mission team back. More importantly, it will make it more difficult to help people who really need your service.

Our ACST team wants to help your next summer mission trip be your best yet. That’s why we put together this new guide detailing ten best summer mission trip practices.

In this, you’ll discover how to:

  • Find (and choose) the right participants for your next mission trip (including what to put in your application so you can make sure participants are a good fit for your team).
  • Pack to make sure you have what you need and can be a blessing for the people you’re serving.
  • Raise funds in a way that is consistent with your principles and ensures anyone can participate regardless of their financial hardships.
  • Debrief in a manner that helps people grow from the experience and makes for an even better trip the next time.

This year’s summer mission trip can be your best one yet. This free guide will help you and your team make the most of the trip so you can be a blessing to others as you serve God across town or around the world.

To get the free PDF guide, fill out the form below.

Why Stay Silent? Conducting the Critical Quiet Phase of Your Capital Campaign

Many capital campaigns fail, typically due to the lack of preparation.

In this article, discover the key components of the silent phase of a capital campaign. This is the phase that allows us to “stay under the radar” and do the critical assessments of our campaign readiness.

Learn about the steps in the quiet phase – from timing to developing a compelling ask – that will help you ensure your church is well-positioned to publicly launch a successful campaign.

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Don’t Settle for Normal Technology Partners Again

Your church’s mission is anything but normal. You’ve been called to reach the lost, feed the hungry, and make disciples. You can’t leave that to just any tech partner. 

You need not normal. 

At ACST, we’ve kicked normal to the curb. Because most of us have experience serving on a local church staff, we get you. We’re passionate about helping churches like you do what God has called you to do.

In our new ministry guide we’ll break down exactly how ACST does this–and what makes us unique.

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This guide shows you:

  • The six ways ACST helps you grow your ministry effectiveness
  • The three things that set us apart from other church tech solutions

Let us show you how good not normal can be.

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Preparing Your Church for a Capital Campaign
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Preparing For a Capital Campaign

Capital campaigns fail. Avoid the common mistakes and ensure your church’s campaign success by preparing adequately.

This article provides the phases and tools you’ll need to fully prepare your church staff, key volunteers and donors for all that a campaign will entail. Discover the key steps you’ll need to undertake to be certain your church is well-positioned to launch a campaign that will meet its goal.

Preparing Your Church for a Capital Campaign pdf

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Effective Donor Engagement for Churches

Effective Donor Engagement for Churches

Unfortunately, givers to other charitable causes or organizations are often treated and thanked more effectively by them than by their own churches. 

No matter where you find yourself as a church in this season – from planning a capital campaign to thanking annual pledge donors –  the hands-on, simple  tools in this article will help you and your staff effectively acknowledge and engage your best givers.

Effective Donor Engagement for Churches guide

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Frequently Asked Stewardship Questions

Answers to Frequently Asked Stewardship Questions

Fundraising is part art and part science…and it can feel intimidating for pastors and ministry leaders suddenly charged with donor development.

This article provides answers to the six most commonly-asked questions about stewardship – from the pastor’s role in making an ask of a donor to how frequently we should be asking givers for support.

Frequently Asked Stewardship Questions guide

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Making Change: Generosity Models For The Church

Does your church’s donor engagement plan need a revamp?

These easy-to-implement strategies get their inspiration from the models of generosity we find in scripture. Inspire your staff and your church’s donors by taking a look at best practices in leadership alongside some of the Bible’s most poignant lessons about giving as you freshen your stewardship plans.

making change generosity models for the church guide

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What Your Givers Want to Know

What Your Givers Want to Know

Loyal church donors are usually generous to other organizations and charities, too. Those nonprofit causes often do a better job than the church of (1) valuing donors, (2) anticipating and answering their questions, and (3) demonstrating the impact of their giving.

The tools in this article will help you and your staff anticipate – and effectively answer – the questions donors have but aren’t likely to ask you. Explore the six things your givers MOST want to know today.

What Your Givers Want to Know guide

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Centralizing Data for More Effective Ministry

Centralizing Data For More Effective Ministry

Data. These days data is everywhere. Especially in larger churches. There’s so much information to manage:

  • Families
  • Individuals
  • Attendance
  • Events
  • Small groups
  • Giving


All of this for thousands of names. Keeping up easily feels like a part-time job. Many churches ignore this work, and soon their data becomes a dreaded mess everyone avoids.

Data should be a massive ministry asset, and it starts by centralizing everything into a single, current, easy-to-use system. In this free guide, Centralizing Data for More Effective Ministry, you learn how to go from scattered to streamlined.

Centralizing Data for More Effective Ministry guide

In this guide, you discover:

  • The problems that disappear once you prioritize better data
  • Where most churches go wrong in this process
  • Three simple steps you can take now


Imagine opening your church tech tools and feeling:

  • No more stress about inaccurate information
  • No more uncertainty about if everything is correct
  • No more ambiguity on numbers

This could be your church, and it starts by downloading our free guide today.

Fight for Simplicity as Your Church Grows

Fight For Simplicity As Your Church Grows

Growth is exciting. More people show up, which means more people are reached. 

Having more people involved means complexity creeps in. No one wants this to happen; it’s a byproduct of growth. Without diagnosing this problem, it festers. Ultimately, confusion and complexity reign, making it harder to grow a stronger church. 

Thankfully, after working with tens of thousands of churches, we’ve seen other paths. 

Our latest resource, Fighting for Simplicity as Your Church Grows, shows a path you and your team can follow. 

In this guide, you discover:

  • The symptoms of complexity
  • How most churches get this process wrong
  • Practical ways to introduce simplicity
Fight for Simplicity as Your Church Grows guide

Learn simple, repeatable ways today to eliminate complexity and be a model of simplicity. 

  • Imagine no one being confused about all your church does. 
  • Imagine knowing what your church should and shouldn’t do because you’re focused. 
  • Imagine more people getting involved because it’s easier to engage. 


These are just some of the things that happen when you fight for simplicity.

Download the free guide today and discover the path other churches already know.