Outreach Archives - Church Executive


It’s time to think about your mission, vision and strategy

Defining each one can help your church make a greater impact By Matt VanGent I learned to drive before smartphones with GPS were commonplace. If I wanted to go somewhere new, I needed to do a little homework first. Do you remember the routine? Find the address, look it up on a map (or later, […]

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Q&A: Strategies for staying connected

  In your experience, did the coronavirus pandemic “force” some churches to finally investigate their connection-focused tech options? Tony Caudill: Absolutely. Prior to COVID-19, one of my friends who serves as a pastor shared that their church’s virtual strategy was more of a “nice-to-have.” Things completely changed overnight. This shift forced pastors to think of new […]

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RESPONDING TO AN ALLEGATION

How to navigate a sexual abuse crisis at your church By Gregory Love & Kimberlee Norris The headline stunned the congregation of a large Protestant church: Church Rocked by Sexual Abuse Allegations. Church leaders took hundreds of phone calls from members, media representatives and advocacy groups. Social media coverage was immediate and savage, assuming the […]

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The power of the pivot in your church’s foodservice mission

By Rhonda C. Proctor Pivot. I suspect in the last 120 days you’ve used this term to describe a variety of swift actions your church has taken to honor its mission during the pandemic. My guess is that those actions haven’t centered exclusively on foodservice … yet. So, let’s drill down on some important pivots […]

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Examining the church giving landscape now

3 experts discuss lessons (already) learned during the coronavirus pandemic, and where we’re likely headed from here What were some key tenets of the church giving landscape prior to the coronavirus pandemic? How has it shifted since then? Aaron Dolton: Prior to the pandemic, churches already knew that online and mobile giving was vital to […]

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Tithing for the 21st Century & the “New Normal”

Many church leaders are facing a unique challenge in this new decade: how do you maintain giving when a global pandemic has church attendance at an all-time low? Because we live in the digital age, however, church members have access to more giving options than ever before. Technology — like automated clearing house [ACH] payments […]

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“We’re all in this together”

How churches are uniquely positioned to pave a new way of worship throughout a global pandemic — and beyond By Kathryn McCormack The current status of the world is uncertainty and fear — but churches are in a unique position as people look to faith and hope to get them through this trying time. Moreover, […]

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When the mission field comes to you!

By Rodney C. James If you’ve ever lived and led through a renovation, expansion or building project in your church, you know how painful the process can be. But what if we viewed every project as a mission field opportunity? We all know building projects are noisy and inconvenient. There are piles of supplies everywhere […]

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The benefits of unitized accounting in managing long-term investment pools at churches

By Kip Meadows Most churches are set up well to handle the day-to-day business aspects of their operations. Otherwise, the doors could not open and welcome the congregants. It is the rare individual congregation, however, who’s well-equipped to handle long-term funds, either endowment gifts or retirement accounts, for personnel or other longer-term capital accounts. Even […]

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4 core values your church must address in our secular society

By Chad Vanderipe  Many churches are battling declining memberships and are being challenged in their ability to have a significant impact.    How can the Church go on the offensive to defend its significance and face an increasingly secular society? Consider strengthening these 4 core values to overcome stereotypes that might have hindered people from coming in your front door. #1: Strengthen […]

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