“Social media is a viable ministry platform.” If you’re a pastor, you’ve probably heard those words several times over the last 10 years. And it’s true, social media is in fact, not just a viable ministry platform, but it’s one that churches and pastors can use as another point of connection throughout the week. Many…

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Easter is early again this year, and we’re excited about it! As we approach the day, we want to help you and your church community feel the anticipation to make this season extra meaningful. Here are five ways to building anticipation for this pivotal Sunday. Set the Stage for Easter Easter doesn’t have to be a…

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Three days after September 11, President George W. Bush stood on a pile of rubble and addressed a group of emergency and construction workers. The President had already shared prepared remarks with the American people, but on this day, his comments here were unscripted. Surrounded by New York Citiy’s finest, he took a bullhorn and…

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If you want to impress people, talk about your successes. If you want to impact people, share your failures. John Maxwell said that. And John Maxwell is right. Too many times, preachers and public speakers talk about their success stories in an attempt to impress the audience and gain their respect.  And while it’s sometimes…

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Churches often forget a key group of people in church – digital givers. People who give online may go unnoticed if the pastor does not set up systems to remind them to follow-up on first time digital givers, just like first time givers with cash or checks.  Sometimes, because churches use digital giving systems outside…

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The other day I read a blog post from a pastor that began by stating, “No pastor likes to talk about money, and nobody in the church wants to hear a sermon on money.”  A few days before, I noticed a tweet from a pastor who claimed that he “survived” preaching on money that morning.…

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If you use numbers to talk about the numbers, you’re leaving behind a ton of people. Most people in your church could care less about spreadsheets and charts and never open Excel. Yes, information is important. But mind-numbing facts and stats are only going to communicate to the accountants and engineers. If you want to…

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When it comes to following up with first time givers, you need to thank them personally. When it comes to following up with consistent givers, you need to communicate with them regularly. That means you should at least send a monthly email highlighting the ministry of the church and connecting the dots. This isn’t a…

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A missing element, in cultivating a healthy and God honoring level of stewardship and generosity in your church, could be the process of following up with givers. In reality, helping people create and maintain a healthy culture of stewardship is all about communication. If you stop and think about it, this is true about almost…

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