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5 Ways to Encourage Giving to Your Church This Christmas

Posted by Aaron Buer on November 12, 2020

Advice

Let’s be real about something: For many of our churches, giving during the Christmas season is vital to the financial health of our church. We rely on end-of-year giving to sustain our church during months of the year when giving is less consistent. And yet, if I had to guess, your church probably doesn’t talk about it much. I’d like to challenge you to start doing so. In fact, you should have a clear strategy and plan for Christmas giving.   Here’s why: Many people desire to give during the...

Pastors, Don’t Give Up

Posted by Aaron Buer on November 5, 2020

Advice

Can I be honest with you? I was feeling a little sorry for myself this week. COVID-19 numbers are up, and gathering restrictions are coming back in my state. My church may need to go 100% virtual again soon. Ugh. Maybe you’re feeling like me.    I think it’s important for us to remember that challenges like this aren’t new. The early Christians were constantly under the threat of having their gatherings shut down. In fact, they were always under threat of imprisonment and being fed to lions!  ...

How to Track Online Church Attendance

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 29, 2020

Advice

Is your church growing? That seems like a hard question to answer these days if only a small portion of your congregation is showing up for in-person services. If your church is like mine, most of your church attendees are streaming your services online.   So, how do we know if our church is growing or declining? Do we wait until everyone is back in-person? That could be a year from now, and I think it’s important to know the health of our church now. If we’re losing people, we need to know so...

Encouraging a Mindset of Thankfulness in Your Church

Posted by Titus Johnson on October 23, 2020

Advice

I’d like to present to you the understatement of the decade. Are you ready? 2020 has been a DIFFICULT year. Earth-shattering revelation, right? For many of us, 2020 has been a year to forget. And while it would be easy to simply hunker down in our quarantine bunkers, wave the white flag, and give up on 2020, as Christians we are called to endure regardless of the storms of life we face. We are not called to be desolate and downtrodden, but we are called to remain thankful in ALL circumstances....

What’s Not Your Job as a Pastor

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 22, 2020

Advice

Is anyone else feeling the weight of ministry right now? COVID conditions have many of us feeling overwhelmed, and if your church is like my church, you’re probably seeing about 20-30% in-person attendance compared to pre-COVID. That’s okay if the rest of your people are watching online. But if your church is like my church, they’re not. You’re probably seeing a drop in engagement–a significant chunk of people who used to be part of your church are no longer engaging with your church.   Is...

4 Steps to Turn Church Visitors into Committed Members

Posted by Alex Hannis on October 16, 2020

Advice

How could anyone have guessed what this year was going to look like? I’ve made the joke several times that I must have missed the class in seminary called “World Pandemics” or “Ministry During a Deadly Virus.” Still, in almost an instant, my church moved online for 23 straight weeks. When we emerged from our quarantined homes and began to gather safely again, I was comforted by the small hint of normality. Of course, not everything was the same. For one, I noticed that attendance had declined....

How to be More Equipped for Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 15, 2020

Advice

It’s October. For many of us, the excitement and adrenaline that comes with a fall ministry launch have passed. Now, ministry feels hard. We are in the grind of recruiting volunteers, training small group leaders, preparing message after message, shepherding hurting and confused people through situations that have no clear path…oh and COVID. We still have to deal with COVID. Ministry can be challenging, but allow me to remind you of a few truths from Mark chapter 3. I hope these truths...

The Sermon We All Need to Preach This Fall

Posted by Aaron Buer on October 8, 2020

Advice

So, I watched the presidential debate. Afterward, I wished I hadn’t. It was painfully disappointing. The disappointment I felt had nothing to do with politics. It had everything to do with how we treat each other when we disagree. The debate was a prime example of a typical conversation between differing viewpoints in our culture right now. It usually sounds something like this: “I’m right. You’re an idiot.”   “No. I’m right. You’re an idiot.” End of the conversation. Or, if you prefer, repeat...

Breeze Q3 2020 Updates

Posted by Tim Aderman on October 7, 2020

Updates

Highlights include: 1. New Online Giving Reporting, 2. Simplified Refund Reporting, and 3. Free Text Message Increase. Events Calendar Redesign (In Beta) We’re excited to announce that the Events Calendar section of Breeze has been fully revamped and is now in beta! With this update comes many enhancements, including the ability to easily switch between day, week, or month view to see your events in the view most helpful for you. In addition, we’ve greatly improved the load time of calendars,...

Looking Unto Jesus in Times of Uncertainty

Posted by Nate Roemer on October 6, 2020

Advice

I don’t know about you right now, but I’m feeling exhausted. This year we’ve had the COVID-19 pandemic, murder hornets, wildfires, civil unrest, political shenanigans (what’s new), and even wars and rumors of wars. Honestly, it sounds like we’re living out a chapter from the book of Revelation.   Speaking of wars and rumors of wars, that actually brings to mind Matthew chapter 6. Mark and Matthew both referenced this phrase, but they immediately follow it up with some version of “but don’t...
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