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1% Increase to Cooperative Program

While not all of our clients are Southern Baptist, we do have quite a few that are. Read the post below by Nate Adams, the Executive Director for the Illinois Baptist State Association. It’s amazing that a 1% increase in your church’s giving to the cooperative program would have a $100 mil. impact.

You can see Nate’s post Here or read below:

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Church Management Growing Your Giving Base Leadership Priorities

5 Ways to Break Through Barriers to Church Growth

By Pat Pajak, associate executive director, IBSA Church Strengthening Team

Has your church growth leveled off or even started declining? Every church faces growth barriers at various times in its lifecycle. Most churches face growth barriers when attendance reaches 65, 125, 250, 500, and 1,000. By learning to identify and break through these barriers, you can keep your momentum and continue growing for God’s glory. What is keeping your church from growing? Healthy organisms grow. If you feel stagnation setting in, barriers are inhibiting your growth. Implement a plan to remove them.

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Church Funding Friday

I’m going to start a new series focusing each Friday on an idea to implement that will help increase giving and revenue for your church.

Disclaimer: God trumps all. Nothing will substitute a congregation of people that acknowledge that everything is God’s and we are just stewards. Pastor, be true to the word and preach giving without apology. Ok, that being said, let’s work on some ideas to help people realize God’s call to give.

 

[quote]People will give where they see results.[/quote]

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Church Management Daily Thought Leadership Outreach

Pursuing Excellence

Yesterday a Godly leader shared a message at Bethel Baptist Church. Norris Price share a message on pursuing excellence and how God deserves nothing less than our pursuit of excellence.

He shared about how are nature is to accept good enough and settle for mediocrity because many times, excellence is hard.

He defined excellence as in 4 parts:

Caring more than people think is wise;

Risking more than people think is safe;

Dreaming more than people think is practical;

Expecting more than people think is possible;

For a church, he asked us to think about what we experienced today that bring us back to visit again. Not that we are trying to put on a production, but what about the church provided an experience that was worth coming back for. He then challenged us to give our best to make that happen. Many times, organizations are blamed when in reality it is a lack of excellence in the people. If you go to a business, and are not treated well, then that business is bad. In reality, however, that business may be great, but that person was bad.

The same thing happens in church. We visit, have a poor experience with a person or individual, and suddenly, that church is bad. Are you giving your best so that people experience excellence when they visit your church?

I’m interested in hearing what your church or organization is doing to pursue excellence.

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Accounting Church Management Leadership

Church Accounting Internal Controls

I just received a link to a news article in the Gaston Gazette from a friend about a couple that embezzled $200,000 from their church.

[quote] Oh, that won’t happen to us, Mrs. Smith has been keeping our books for years and she is such a nice lady.[/quote]

Unfortunately, that’s what this church thought as well.  This nice, unassuming couple met at the church, were married at the church and had been keeping the books for year.  Everyone thought it was fine until they had a large bill to be paid and couldn’t.

[quote]But we have checks and balances to keep that from happening.[/quote]

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The Real Cost of Free

One of the greatest fallacies in our culture is the perception of ‘free’.  That simple word sounds so good to people, yet few realize that it is actually a misnomer.  There really is nothing free.  (Except salvation through Jesus Christ, but even that cost Jesus his life.)

Every time something is offered for free, someone, somewhere, somehow had to pay for it.

Many churches are operating under the assumption that their volunteers are free labor.  The truth is that the free labor comes at a cost.  While it may not cost in dollars directly, the intrinsic costs of volunteer labor can be substantial.  Let’s look at a few examples.

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Church Financial Backup & Recovery Plan

Have you given thought to what would happen if your bookkeeper got sick or had to be away for an extended period of time?

 

What if heaven forbid something devastating happened to your facility?

 

Do you have sufficient backup & recovery plans in place for your church?

 

 

[quote]We have a seamless solution that will insure your church’s financial operation are always operational.[/quote]

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Budget on Faith, Spend on Reason

For many churches, we are coming into the season when it is time to start planning for the upcoming year. That planning includes setting a budget on how to allocate the resources God has provided the church.

There are no churches that should be operating without a budget. Even churches that think they are too small or don’t have enough income should still have a budget. Actually, some of the smallest churches should budget more as money is scarce, and it’ll provide key analysis for requesting assistance should that be necessary.

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A Remedy for Overworked Pastors

I read Thom Rainer’s blog this morning and he has a great post about depressed pastors. In the post, he mentions several potential reasons why the pastor may be depressed, or burned out. Each of his points are very valid, although I would add one additional point.

Many times, the pastor is the only employee of the church, and if not kept in check, he’ll often over-task himself and suffer from being overwhelmed with being responsible for keeping the organization afloat. We all have that tendency to want to do it ourselves and I’ll be the first one to admit my weakness in this area.

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Success Analysis for Churches

I had the chance to talk on a local radio show this afternoon.  We went into the show expecting to talk about independence but the topic quickly moved to churches and effectively managing change.  It was interesting that we were able to cover several topics in relation which were all things I had been processing in the past week or so.

success analysis for churchOne caller mentioned she felt that all church growth books and blogs are trying to push everyone into a Mega-Church mentality.  I could tell where she was going and was able to provide her with some information I had recently read on Ed Stetzer’s Blog.  His latest post “Small is the Kingdom Big” is a great explanation on how we should rethink how we perceive churches.  Many times, we equate the size of the church with the success of the church.  While I’ll admit that there are conclusions that can be drawn, and that the question could be asked about why a small church continues to remain small, we cannot generalize the statement that small churches are not being Kingdom Effective.  Stetzer also states that often time we suffer from a perception that is not based on reality.  Much like a teenage girl gets discouraged because she doesn’t look like the girls in magazines, we can also get discouraged when our church doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour of a mega church budget.

How then should we measure the success of churches?

A case could be made that small churches remain small because they are not reaching their community.  However, there are far too many factors to draw that conclusion.  What if they are in a community of 50 people, what if they just planted a new church, etc.?

I am challenging myself to re-evaluate what matrix we use to measure churches.  With the current downward trend of SBC churches, I wonder what the stats would show for the church as a whole.

Let me know what you might do to measure success or maintain a quantifiable analysis of your church activities.