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How to Preach for Change within Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 30, 2020


I don’t know about you, but I’m deeply interested in two things when I deliver a sermon.  I want to stay faithful to the Scriptures, and I want people’s lives transformed by the Scriptures.  For me, it’s not just about head knowledge. I want to see people surrender more and more of their lives to the authority of Jesus.  I believe this is where real life is found. Who’s with me?!? I want people to live differently because of Jesus.   Of course, I understand that this transformation is the work...

Bring Your Identity to Your Work

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 23, 2020


Can we talk about pressure?  Does anyone else feel the pressure to achieve, to perform, to do more?  And I’m not talking about sports or the business world. I’m talking about church.   Isn’t it interesting that we’re in the business of liberating people from the pressure to perform for God and to accept a free gift from God, and yet we feel all kinds of pressure to perform?  What’s this about?   I recently read an article that connects worship and work, but not in the way you’re thinking.  The...

How to Be a Chief Encouraging Officer At Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 16, 2020


My senior pastor often talks about the word “encourage” and how it contains the word “courage.”  The word comes from Old French, “to make strong.”   Have you noticed that ministry takes courage?   Walking with a family as they grieve the loss of a loved one—that takes courage.   Sharing the message of the cross with people who are far from God—that takes courage. Confronting each other’s sinful behavior—that takes courage. Asking the people of your church to serve and give—that takes courage....

Say No to Saying Yes in Your Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 9, 2020


Welcome to 2020!  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m living in a sci-fi movie.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in the 1900s but the year 2020 feels like hover-boards, vacations to the moon, and robot butlers.   Anyway, a question for you: Do you have any goals for 2020?  Maybe you’re a resolutions person, or perhaps you have goals in mind for your church or ministry.  Perhaps God has placed something on your heart to run after in 2020.   Recently, I spent some time in the book of...

January 2020 Updates

Posted by Sheley Arnold on January 7, 2020


Breeze Product Updates Keeping you informed of product updates and enhancements. Highlights include: 1. Creating End of the Year Contribution Statements, 2. ReCAPTCHA for Online Giving, and 3. PDF previews when sending statements via Online Giving. End-of-Year Contribution Statements As we've reached the beginning of a new year (and decade!), it's time to begin thinking about year-end reports and contribution statements. We’re here to help make this process as simple and painless as possible!...

What To Do When You're Too Busy For Your Ministry

Posted by Aaron Buer on January 2, 2020


Ninety percent of the small talk conversations in my life start like this: How are you doing? Busy!  How about you? We’re busy.  Maybe it’s ministry.  There’s always another person who needs help, another volunteer to recruit, another question to answer, another meeting to prepare for.  Ministry keeps us busy.   We wear busy like a badge of honor.  It feels important to be busy. I must be important because I’m so busy.   Don’t get me wrong, I think busy is good...when we are busy in the right...

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

Posted by Jon VerLee on December 23, 2019

Advice, Updates

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 think that end of year tax statements can not only be easy to create but also incredibly strategic for your church.  In order to do this, we think there's four key principles to keep...

How To Make Contribution Statements A Breeze This Year

Posted by Jon VerLee on December 23, 2019


As the year comes to a close, it's time to begin thinking about year-end reports and contribution statements. We’re here to help make this process as simple and painless as possible! If you are new to contribution statements or would like a quick refresher, our Complete Guide to Creating Giving Statements is the place to begin! In the guide, you will find short step-by-step videos to help generate statements within Breeze and customize them to perfectly fit the needs of your church. If you're...

How to Become an Older Church Leader That People Actually Like

Posted by Aaron Buer on December 19, 2019


I have the privilege of spending a lot of time with a few veteran ministry leaders who still love ministry, are still effective, and are actually fun to be around.  In other words, people still like them. Can I just say, I want to be like that when I grow up. I’m deeply interested in veteran leaders who aren’t cynical, jaded or washed up.  We all know that there are many ministry leaders out there who probably should have walked away a decade ago.  I don’t want to be that kind of senior...

How to Engage Mental Health in Your Church

Posted by Aaron Buer on December 12, 2019


There’s something going on in our culture that we need to talk about.  The latest statistics I’ve read show that around 18% of Americans have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  I think most experts would argue that this number is low because many people are struggling with various levels of anxiety without professional help.  A second statistic that is staggering is that suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-34.   Mental health is a serious issue for our...

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