So last Thursday we had Jake Dukes begin a free webinar series on disciple-making called: Transforming Your Church’s Discipleship Culture Part 1 explored “Why Discipleship has been Exiled from the Church.” Here are some highlights you missed if you weren’t a part of the workshop. 1) Many churches have misplaced their priorities 2)…

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Follow-up is a big deal. Whether someone is a new guest, new giver, or new Christian, you need to do something on the back end that affirms their step and connects them more closely with your church. WAY #1: EMAIL This may sound overly-simplistic, but it’s a huge deal for hundreds of reasons… Have people…

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How to Keep the Easter Momentum Going for Your Church … By Having a Sufficient System for Follow Up Ben Crawshaw Because follow-up should be a slam dunk in your church! Follow up is one of the most important systems in your church, but it’s something we too often leave unchecked. We hope people get…

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  ABOUT USING OFFERING ENVELOPES TO INCREASE DONATIONS We are rapidly advancing in this digital age. Mobile phones have replaced landlines. Credit cards have replaced cash. Email has replaced the Postal Service. And we’ll continue to change. Changes in culture lead to changes in the church. Lyrics on a screen have…

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Christmas presents such a great opportunity for outreach in your church. Because even the unchurched let their guards down, even if just a little, when it comes to church at Christmas, your ability to speak to those far from God can be pivotal. Rather than squander the opportunity, make the most of it. In fact,…

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When it comes to thanking donors for their donations, good intentions are the pathway to failure. No one feels thanked because you had intentions to say “thank you.” They feel thanked because you actually thanked them. Many people skip this because it feels so overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to feel that way. You don’t have…

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  Back in 2006, I attended the Drive Conference with Andy Stanley. In my notebook, I wrote down something he said in a session about volunteer systems: Your system is perfectly designed to produce the results you’re getting. So, if you want better results, you have to improve the system. That got me thinking about…

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In most churches 20% of the people do 80% of the work, which often means…20% of people give 80% of the income. If you want more people to give start by thanking the people who already give. Here is what one giver confessed: I am a frustrated giver.  That is what I am.  For context,…

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I’m not really a math person – I took pre-Algebra from Mrs. McDade TWICE in Junior High.  I was okay when it was numbers, but when they threw in letters, I was done.  So when I went to college, I majored in English…the farthest I could get away from math! But I’ve seen a math…

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We did a study last year and learned that 9% of churches didn’t send any form of annual contribution statement.  I’m no lawyer, but that’s potentially illegal. When people give money to your church, the IRS wants you to send them documentation.  Most churches choose to send a statement with a letter from the pastor…

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