9 Church Online Giving Form Optimizations You Should Make Today

Online giving has been here for over 15 years. Crazy, right?! Dunham+Company reports that 42% of U.S. churches have online giving. Seemingly low being that churches have had 15 years to get on the “online fundraising” bandwagon, but when you take into account the fact that there are over three hundred and twenty thousand churches […]

The Pastor’s Blog is Dead! [Part 1]

So every once in awhile, I get an email like this… It’s basically a ministry leader asking me for advice on how to get a pastor’s blog up and going. He’s hoping it will allow him to connect to his church family during the week. Usually, I just follow up with these two questions: Question […]

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6 Reasons Your Members Are Not Inviting Friends to Church

Scared to death. That was me as a young man when confronted with the task of inviting friends to church. I knew it was a good thing, but there were so many hills to climb. Obstacles ranged from personal insecurities to institutional quirkiness and everything in between. So at the end of the day, I rarely […]

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10 Creative Church Visitor Gift Ideas

Is your church visitor gift a dried up ink pen and a piece of cardboard? Say it ain’t so! If you’ve been around for awhile and visited enough churches, you’ve probably seen some pretty lame church visitor “gifts.” However, you’ve probably seen some really nice ones too – the kind that make you think “wow, […]

7 Simple Ways to Wow First Time Church Visitors

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]A[/su_dropcap]nticipation? Expectation? A little bit of nausea? A combination of the three? Someone visiting your church for the first time can experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions as they enter the unknown abyss. Will they know anyone? Will the things they’ve heard about your church prove true, or will they be […]

Church Marketing Myths and Realities

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]C[/su_dropcap]hurch marketing. Those two words inspire many of us, nauseate some, and strike fear and frustration into others. I guess it all depends on what your concept of marketing is, and how you’ve chosen to translate that into the church. Before we jump into a definition of church marketing, let’s spend a few […]

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Church Leadership and Accidental Communication

The church leadership said WHAT? There’s nothing worse than being blamed for saying something you never said. Whether in the schoolyard, the workplace, or in your own home, being misunderstood is both frustrating and counter-productive in every aspect. What you meant to say and the way others interpret it are often two totally separate things. […]

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3 Power Skills of the Successful Church Communicator

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]E[/su_dropcap]veryone is a communicator. Whether intentionally or accidentally, we exchange information or news with other humans daily. Early communication occurred primarily by voice, then written language, and now by dozens of channels thanks to the recent explosion of technology. While methods and modes of communication have changed over the years, the principles are timeless. […]

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Communication Fails – Are You Guilty of These? ? ? ?

We’ve all been there, right? That solution was supposed to be achieved with a simple question and a quick answer. Yet, 3 days and six emails later, you still don’t have a solid resolution, and the waters of communication have been muddied to the point that you just wished the conversation had never started. Many […]