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church_visitor_followup July 7, 2016

7 Effective Ways to Follow Up with Church Visitors

July 7, 2016

It seems like most churches fall into one of two categories when it comes to following up with visitors. The first type of church acts like they only get one visitor every ten years. They are franticly friendly and smother visitors. When you visit this church you find yourself race walking to the exit because […]

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returning_visitors June 30, 2016

3 Ways to Keep Your Church Visitors Coming Back

June 30, 2016

What makes visitors return to your church? Why is it that some churches grow and are incredibly magnetic while others have had the same weekly attendance for 30 years? Both types of churches get visitors, but only one keeps them. We’re talking about retention. What makes visitors keep coming back to your church, returning week […]

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church_leader_delegation June 23, 2016

6 Lessons I’ve Learned on Delegation for Church Leaders

June 23, 2016

I bet you’re busy. I know I’m busy. If you’re in church leadership, you’re a busy person. There’s so much to accomplish and seemingly not enough time to do it. Here’s something else: I bet you are surrounded by talented people. If you’re a good church leader, you’ve recruited great people. One more thing. I bet […]

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great_church_website June 16, 2016

How to Build a Great Church Website (and why you can’t afford not to)

June 16, 2016

Not long ago I was talking with a pastor friend of mine about what the typical first time church attender is like. During the course of the conversation, he mentioned something I found fascinating.  He said: “The typical first time church attender has changed more in the last 20 years than at any other point in recent […]

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church_staff_meeting June 9, 2016

5 Tips for Great Church Staff Meetings

June 9, 2016

Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t love staff meetings. They are often boring, too long and sometimes even irrelevant. And yet, we all know that staff meetings are a must if our teams are going to have any chance of staying on the same page. Here’s the good news: staff meetings don’t have to be terrible. […]

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volunteer_training June 2, 2016

3 Essentials for Training Church and Ministry Volunteers

June 2, 2016

Raise your hand if you are pumped about your volunteer training strategy. I’m guessing you didn’t. Most of us don’t feel terribly confident about our training methods. I think this is because most of us have been following a system of volunteer training that, well, doesn’t really work. Here’s a snapshot: Recruit volunteers Provide some […]

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questions_volunteers_ask May 26, 2016

6 Questions Every Volunteer is Asking

May 26, 2016

In church world, we’re often scrambling to recruit enough volunteers.  It seems like there are never enough.   Here’s a thought:  What if our volunteers stuck around?  What if we didn’t have to recruit as many volunteers because the majority of our volunteers stayed engaged? What if our volunteers loved serving so much that they stayed […]

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get_more_volunteers May 19, 2016

4 Strategies for Recruiting More Volunteers

May 19, 2016

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from ministry leaders is: “How do we get more volunteers?” The success of our churches and ministries often depend on the quality and number of our volunteers.   The seasons in which we don’t have enough volunteers are both stressful and exhausting while the seasons in which […]

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grow_your_church May 13, 2016

How to Grow your Church (and why I joined mine)

May 13, 2016

My family and I recently moved to a neighboring town and as a result, needed to begin the undesirable process of church shopping. While I was not necessarily excited by the prospect of awkward greetings and starting over with social connections, I was looking forward to seeing how different churches handled meeting “the new family” and if there […]

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end_of_year_giving_statements December 29, 2015

How to Make an Awesome (or Terrible) End of Year Donation Receipt

December 29, 2015

As the end of the year approaches, holiday music fills the air, there’s lines for santa at the mall, and for those involved with receiving donations at a church or non-profit, the dread of having to send out end of year donation receipts sets in. Rather than seeing this as a necessary evil hovering over January, we […]

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