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Fundraising doesn't need
to feel ackward or icky.

Donors need relationship and ministry far more than we need their money. If we don’t see ministry to the donor as our higher calling, our donors are destined to be mere objects and the connection between them and our ministry will be sadly unsatisfying.

Donors of all sizes deserve to know the difference they are making. Henri Nouwen reminds us that fundraising is all about creating a relationship between those who have resources and those who need them, in order to advance God’s Kingdom. 

“We will find ourselves begging for money and they will find themselves merely handing us a check,” he writes. “No real connection has been created because we have not asked them to come and be with us. We have not given them an opportunity to participate in the spirit of what we are about. We may have completed a successful transaction, but we have not entered into a successful relationship.”

The Three Characteristics of the Cheerful Giver: Fundraising as Ministry outlines the key desires of donors and how churches can meet those needs.

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Gearing up for fall:

Giving

Stewardship is a touchy subject in churches today. It’s something pastors often don’t like to preach about. But it’s inevitable. We have to at some point. 

It’s no secret that online giving is becoming more prominent in our churches today, especially because of the Covid-19 pandemic we faced in 2020 and are starting to see recycle itself again right now. If the pandemic did one thing for churches, it forced them to think about how to continue to receive tithes and offerings from its members while not physically meeting on campus each week. Do any churches actually pass an offering plate anymore?

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7

AS A CHURCH LEADER, HOW ARE YOU COMMUNICATING WHY IT’S IMPORTANT FOR YOUR MEMBERS TO BE FAITHFUL IN THEIR STEWARDSHIP? 

Most everyone in your church knows why he or she tithes. The Bible calls us to. Furthermore, most of your members know how to give. In times past, they would write a check or drop cash in the plate as it passed during an offertory hymn. Times have changed, and now we can add swiping a credit or debit card at a kiosk in the lobby, giving online, or texting a tithe as options. As mentioned earlier, summer has now come to a close. People are returning to your church from a hectic summer, seeking relief and a sense of normalcy. So how are you, as a church leader, communicating why it’s important for your members to be faithful in their stewardship along with the various ways for your members to give faithfully?

HOW CAN YOU ENGAGE AND EDUCATE YOUR MEMBERS ON WAYS TO TITHE AND THE WHY BEHIND IT?

Download our guide, “Gearing up for Fall: Giving”, to learn more.

  • Why stewardship is Biblical
  • Why giving is important
  • How to introduce your church to online giving
  • Various ways to leverage both traditional print and digital media as it relates to giving

 

WHAT ELSE WILL HELP THE FALL SEASON BE A SUCCESS IN MY CHURCH?

We cover other topics that are essential for a prosperous and successful fall, like:

  • Volunteering – How to successfully recruit and maintain a steady volunteer base
  • Events – What shapes and molds events at your church?
  • Outreach – Learn how to communicate and nurture

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Gearing up for fall:

Outreach

Many people may not put these two terms together – outreach and church growth. The reality is this; outreach should lead to church growth. 

In Matthew 28 Jesus gives his disciples the “Great Commission.” 

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”

This strategy was put in place in Acts 1:8 when Jesus tells his disciples to begin in Jerusalem, then go to Judea and Samaria and then to the ends of the earth.

WITHOUT OUTREACH, CHURCH GROWTH WILL NOT OCCUR

In established congregations, or even small ones, many pastors and church leaders may find it harder to get their congregations to focus on outreach and why it’s so vitally important to the growth of your church. Congregations become complacent and steeped in tradition. Or they like their size. Or they’re comfortable with their building. But this is not at all what God calls us to. He doesn’t call us to a life of comfort or complacency. Some of the fastest growing churches in the Bible were those who were committed to outreach and evangelism!

WHAT DOES THE GREAT COMMISSION TEACH US ABOUT OUTREACH?

Download our guide, “Gearing up for Fall: Outreach”, to learn more.

  • How is outreach reflective of evangelism?
  • How are obedience and outreach connected?
  • How are outreach and disciple-making are related?

 

WHAT ELSE WILL HELP THE FALL SEASON BE A SUCCESS IN MY CHURCH?

We cover other topics that are essential for a prosperous and successful fall, like:

  • Volunteering – How to successfully recruit and maintain a steady volunteer base
  • Events – What shapes and molds events at your church?
  • Giving – How are you communicating and encouraging faithful stewardship in your church?

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Church Volunteer

Background Screening Checklist

Want to have a thriving volunteer ministry without risking the safety of your church?

With open doors, churches work closely with many vulnerable groups within society, including children and the elderly. To protect the people they serve and their mission, it’s important that churches conduct background checks on their volunteers. 

To help you prepare for screening volunteers in your church, we’ve put together this guide as a background screening checklist to use within your ministry.

In this guide, you’ll hear from the experts at Verified First, the leading comprehensive background screening processor partnered with ACS Technologies, about:

  • The importance and legal obligations you should consider when screening volunteers
  • Ways to communicate with your volunteers about screening
  • Why an integrated screening processor is essential
  • And more! 

 

Now is the time to learn how to properly screen your volunteers as you build a successful and thriving volunteer ministry.

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Gearing up for fall:

EventS

Goodbye, summer! Hello fall! The cooler weather and bright colored leaves are just around the corner. If you haven’t already, there is no better time than the present to plan and engage with your congregation to prepare for all of the ministry events that will be taking place this fall on your church campus!

EVENTS SHOULD PAINT A PICTURE OF BIBLICAL COMMUNITY

“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:44-47

What a glorious picture of community amongst believers in the Church! Do you see how community in the early church was continual? Events weren’t just once a month or even once a week. Scripture tells us they continued to meet together. And every day more people came to know Jesus because of their steadfast dedication to community with one another. 

WHAT SHAPES AND MOLDS EVENTS FOR YOUR CHURCH?

The Bible doesn’t just give us the blueprint to follow but provides the answer as to why we have events at our church – to see others come to know Him! 

Download our guide, “Gearing up for Fall: Events”, for helpful tips and tricks.

  • Learn how to go above and beyond to make members and guests feel welcome
  • Learn how to make your experiences, programs and sermons as dynamic and memorable as possible
  • How can churches be more like Disney?

 

WHAT ELSE WILL HELP THE FALL SEASON BE A SUCCESS IN MY CHURCH?

We cover other topics that are essential for a prosperous and successful fall, like:

  • Volunteering – How to successfully recruit and maintain a steady volunteer base
  • Outreach – Learn how to communicate and nurture
  • Giving – How are you communicating and encouraging faithful stewardship in your church?

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“There are two times I hear from the church about my giving: asking for my stewardship pledge and letting me know if I got behind on it!”

We hear this from church members across the country too often. The reality is that today’s donors and tithers to our churches are most often donors to other causes and ministries. The harsh reality is that they’re often making their best and most sacrificial stretch gifts to those causes.
 
While support of the church is a Biblical calling and obligation for most, many of today’s donors also have expectations shaped by their experience giving to other causes. With the national decline in church membership and participation, churches have to re-evaluate how they’re inspiring donors and how they’re treating them year-round.
Four Philanthropy Essentials for the Church outlines simple, effective strategies for a healthy stewardship program.

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Gearing up for fall:

volunteering

Ahhh…it’s almost fall! School has started. The leaves will change soon. Cooler air is just around the corner and the volunteer opportunities in your ministry are likely greater than ever. Now is the time to engage with your congregation to prepare for all of the ministry events that will be taking place this fall and the volunteers you’ll need to make them thrive!

VOLUNTEERING SHOULD BE MODELED AND ENCOURAGED BY THE PASTOR

Pastors are called to shepherd their flock. You are called to lead and serve your members well. But how often do we hear the pastor talk to their congregation about their expectations on how the church members should volunteer, serve, give and more. It needs to be addressed. The healthiest churches are those where the pastoral staff has expressed their expectations on how members should serve based on what the Bible says.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SOLICIT VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUR MINISTRIES AND EVENTS?

If you want to increase the number of volunteers, there are several things you can do, but it all starts with a goal of engaging people to serve more. Several factors are important to keep in mind when making goals for initiatives. Remember the who, what, when and how.

Download our guide, “Gearing up for Fall: Volunteering”, for helpful tips and tricks.

  • Learn the best and most effective ways to communicate
  • Learn how to establish lead and lag measures and what those mean
  • Learn how to set the right goals and monitor against progress


WHAT ELSE WILL HELP THE FALL SEASON BE A SUCCESS IN MY CHURCH?

We cover other topics that are essential for a prosperous and successful fall, like:

  • Events – What shapes and molds events at your church?
  • Outreach – Learn how to communicate and nurture
  • Giving – How are you communicating and encouraging faithful stewardship in your church?

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Use the summer to
grow your church

Summer. It’s a time for youth camps, kids activities, and other unique moments for your church—if people show up, that is. Because the summer months also bring the dreaded “summer slump,” that predictable decline in attendance and giving. 

Your schedule and responsibilities don’t slump, though. You’re still responsible for reaching your community, making disciples, and leading well. How do you get it all done? That’s what this guide shows you: the path to reaching more people and getting more done this summer.

This isn’t unproven theory or pie in the sky thinking. These insights come from real churches led by leaders just like you. 

In this guide, you discover:

  • The power of specificity in reaching more people
  • Why giving people a way to respond engages them more
  • How delegating responsibility is the key to making more disciples
  • How organizing groups is the path to greater engagement
  • How to increase giving and avoid the summer slump
  • Technology so you can work from anywhere, empower your staff, and engage your congregation

Imagine if this were your summer:

  • More people reached than ever before
  • Giving that stayed consistent or maybe even grew
  • More people who felt connected because they were reached in groups
  • Less stress, more done, and real growth happening in your staff and community

 

This guide shows you how this becomes reality. Download it today and see for yourself.

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Everything You Need to Connect with Congregants

Everything You Need

To Connect With Congregants

A Toolkit with Pre-made Content to Plug and Play

People have less and less time to connect. Which means they need it even more. Your team has less and less time to reach out. Which means we’ve made it easy. 

This free toolkit has been created to provide church leaders, staff, and volunteers with copy-and-paste content that will save time while still allowing you to make meaningful connections. 

Everything You Need to Connect with Congregants Guide

The content provided in this toolkit is designed to be used as-is, with slight customization opportunities to make it authentic. Just edit what’s unique to you and send it out. 

  • More than 55 messages you can use today! 
  • Covering the most important areas of ministry. 
  • Helping church members help with connection.
  • Empowering staff and saving tons of time! 

 

Our goal in creating this toolkit is to make it easier for church leaders to engage staff and volunteers in the connection process by providing them the tools they need to reach out to others with confidence. We’ve broken out the content into sections, so you know exactly what to use and when.

Just fill out this form, and we’ll send you a free copy.

 
 
 
 
 
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5 Reasons Your Parish
Needs Parishioner Portal

Work, family, friends, extracurricular activities...your members have a lot going on. So how can you make sure they are staying involved in your parish?

Your parishioners go online to manage and plan their work life, family life, and social life. And the same should go for being better connected to their parish life.

We’ve seen firsthand how an online parishioner portal can benefit parishes, both staff and members. Check out the free guide below to see the five reasons your parish needs a parishioner portal.

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You’ll learn how an online parishioner portal can:

  • Connect your parish family
  • Increase contributions
  • Reduce outdated contact information
  • And more!

Download the free guide and see how a parishioner portal can benefit your parish.

 
 
 
 
 
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