3 ways outreach projects can impact generosity at your church

Outreach campaigns must play a central role in EVERY church’s stewardship ministry. (Even the ones struggling to make ends meet each month.) Here’s why — and how.

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3 things “churches in the shadows” can learn from megachurches

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Not every small church in the country is destined to become a megachurch, nor should it be. Nearly 90% of all churchgoers attend much smaller churches and obviously enjoy the size, fellowship and ministry they find there. Even so, here are some things we can learn from the megachurches, and which are likely to contribute to continued health and vitality, if not attendance growth.

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Make time for pastoral counseling

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While most pastors are very comfortable with their roles as counselors and teachers, it is in administration where they tend to be least prepared. By carefully choosing staff to help with the daily administration of the congregation, the pastor might have more time to exercise his ministerial duties, such as pastoral counseling.

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Examining organizational structure — including (and especially) church members’ rights

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There are more than 400,000 churches in the United States, each with its own governance structure and decision-making model. With so many different models and terminology used to describe church governance structures — elders, deacons, trustees, directors, pastor and apostle — it can be quite confusing to determine what’s the best and most biblically-sound corporate structure for your own church.

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Creating generosity: Technology doesn’t have to be SCARY

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ExperienceChurch.tv® in Puyallup, WA, isn’t afraid of technology. Early adopters of live streaming (hence, the .tv), digital child check-in and more, Senior Pastor Dennis Cummins and his team embrace tools and technologies that simplify processes and free up resources for ministry. Mobile giving, then, was a natural fit.

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Why your report writer is no longer good enough

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Report-writing tools were supposed to help solve these challenges, but it’s evident that those are limited in their application. As a result, church leaders feel like they’re swimming in a sea of information, but still thirsty for insight. Where do these new report-writing tools fall short? More importantly, is there a better way to analyze the information you have to finally start gaining traction towards your ultimate vision? Those are the two questions we’re working together to help church leaders answer.

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Lawrence Fudge: helping Hollywood feel like home at MOSAIC

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Ask most people, and they’ll say the appeal of MOSAIC — a world-regarded Millennial-revered church in the heart of Hollywood — is, in some ways, intangible. Executive Pastor Lawrence Fudge would agree … to a point.

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Why local influence is more essential than a national platform

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Pastor A has a top-ranked podcast, a book deal from a well-known publisher, and 150,000 Twitter followers.

Pastor B is the secretary at the local Rotary Club, is the assistant football coach at the middle school, and recently joined a bowling league.

Both pastors have influence. Both are doing God’s will. Both enjoy their callings.

I will make a bold statement: Pastor B’s local influence is ultimately more vital to church health than Pastor A’s national platform.

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5 compliance challenges EVERY church leader needs to know about

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The landscape for churches and ministries is filled with pitfalls.

Over the last 20 years, Congress and the IRS have become very interested in the activities of churches, ministries and nonprofits, which has led to the enactment of section 4958 and the creation of the Exempt Organizations Executive Compensation Compliance Project, resulting in increased enforcement presence and millions of dollars in fines.

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Get to the ‘why’ in ministry

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Over the years, I’ve attended many training sessions. I’ve taught more than my share of them and have found that often, it is the simple ideas that can be the most profound.

In my ministry of equipping pastors and churches and sharing our vision of the Church, one of the lessons I’ve learned and teach often is the What, How and Why. All are important, but it’s the Why that matters.

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