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What Barna’s New Data Says About the Perception of Church
What Barna’s New Data Says About the Perception of Church

Barna recently hosted a “State of the Church” event aimed at helping church leaders in specific cities understand what people think of the church in general. One of the key questions they asked was the question of perception. In this instance, the data from these...

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What do you do when you don’t have enough leaders?
What do you do when you don’t have enough leaders?

Most churches need more leaders. And most churches say they have tried everything — from preaching to asking to begging, not to mention trying all the ideas from the last online summit you attended. If nothing seems to be working, this is for you. (Fair warning...

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The Most Important Ministries in Your Church
The Most Important Ministries in Your Church

What are the most important things your church does? Out of all the programs, ministries, and special events, which ones make the most impact? These are important questions. Asking and answering them is tough. Making adjustments based on the answers is even tougher....

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Five Signs of Financial Health
Five Signs of Financial Health

What does a financially healthy church look like?  While all churches are different and serving in unique contexts, here are some best practices. Like with all numbers, they are a guide based on general best practices and may need to be adapted for your church. A...

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Why Pastors Should Know What People Give
Why Pastors Should Know What People Give

As a young pastor, one of my mentors was adamant about the value of never knowing what people give. He often stated that he had no clue about individual giving patterns and no idea what people give. For him, it was a matter of principle. Treat people with the grace...

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Three Practical Ways to Thank Your Donors
Three Practical Ways to Thank Your Donors

When it comes to generosity, it’s always appropriate and it’s nearly impossible to overdo appreciation. The people who are financially supporting the mission of your church need to hear “thank you.” There are at least two categories where appreciation should be...

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How to Reach More First Time Givers This Year
How to Reach More First Time Givers This Year

You may have heard that 80% of the church budget is funded by 20% of the givers.  Or maybe you’ve heard that only 20% of people in your church financially contribute to the budget. You can check your numbers, but Pareto’s Principle will likely hold true in your...

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Everyone Needs a New Job Description
Everyone Needs a New Job Description

A job description can feel like a compliance exercise; something that you have to have in order to recruit and onboard a new employee. After that, the job description often gets tossed to the side or thrown in a dusty drawer never to be touched again.  Remember when...

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