It’s the start of a new year at your church. That means new programs, new ministries, new events, new sermons, and new people to meet and serve in your congregation. All that’s good news, right? But in order for all those exciting things to happen at your church, it requires you to also do one more new thing at your church this year: create a new budget. Now, the thought of that may have you feeling a little like this….
We’re fast approaching the end of the year, people! It’s amazing how fast a year goes by! The new year is peering around the corner, but first we have to make sure we handle the busy, year-end season at our respective churches. There are a lot of things that permeate the air during the year-end season, but one of the most prominent sentiments is generosity.
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So many of us look forward to the Christmas season every year. It’s one of our favorite, festive times of celebration! But in the midst of all the food, fun, presents, and décor, it can be easy to forget that there are people at church who feel a little different about the holidays. For many, the Christmas season is filled with emotional stress. It’s a reminder of loss, pain, and heartache. For them, it’s a really difficult season to celebrate. So as you’re planning for the holiday season at your church, it’s imperative that you don’t forget about people in your congregation and community who are hurting.
Here’s a common misconception a lot of churches have about their website… It doesn’t really connect us with anyone. Believe it or not, we hear this a lot! So many people think that their website is simply for information, not connection. It’s seen as a place where people come, look around, find what they need, and leave. Sure, that’s one way your website can work, but it’s certainly not the only way. In fact, it’s not even the best way! Your church website is one of the best resources you have to connect with visitors at your church.
Did you know that you have a great tool at your disposal to reach people almost anywhere? I’m talking about the inbox, people! Email newsletters are a great way to keep your people informed. A little prep work on your end, click “send,” and all of a sudden your congregation has access to vital information 24 hours a day. Pretty cool, right? One disclaimer… If it’s used correctly, email newsletter is an awesome tool. If it’s not used correctly, then it will work against you.
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” You’ve heard that old saying, right? Well, we think it’s especially true when it comes to your church website. Good photography speaks volumes on your website. It tells a story. It paints a picture of the people in your community, your church, and its different environments. It gives visitors a glimpse into what your church looks like. That’s why having good photography is essential for your church website! But the reality is, not every church has access to a professional quality photographer who can snap hundreds of pics to find the best 10-30. And not every church has the budget to hire one, either! So what do you do when you want good, quality photography for your website, but you don’t want to break the bank? The answer: stock photos!
If you’ve been around the Clover blogosphere for a while, then you know that we talk about this fact a lot… You can’t get people in the doors of your church if they don’t know your church exists. And in this day and age, a lot of people figure out what exists out there using one powerful tool… Google. Believe it or not, “local churches” is one of the things people search for on the Internet. And hopefully, that search takes them to your website! Having your church found online is one of the big catalysts to having your church found in person.
Because we live in a broken world, our children face a battlefield every day. And on this battlefield, they face monsters of fear, anger, shame, apathy, greed, loneliness, and pride. However, we know that, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). We also know that these monsters gain strength and grow from a pack of lies that suggest we are unworthy or wrong-headed to think we can do anything about our state of affairs. God’s Word tells us something different, and as our children realize God’s teaching through the Word, they will understand more fully how to fight against these monsters. Is your child wrestling with one or more of these monsters? Set apart some time and read through this article with them. Together you’ll learn how to overcome fear and find victory as God’s Word exposes each monster as a lie. As a bonus, you can download a free "7 Monsters" resource pack that includes a powerpoint, bookmark, and video bumper.
Pastor Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of October. While it may seem your pastor gets enough appreciation from their loyal fans or the satisfaction of a well-delivered sermon, your pastor could likely use some appreciation. Consider this article as the ultimate guide for Pastor Appreciation Day and perhaps you would consider taking the whole month of October to honor and appreciate your pastor.
We’ve got two words for you… Capital campaign. You know what we’re talking about, right? That clearly defined season at your church that’s designated to raise money for a specific ministry. Those two words probably evoke one of two reactions from you as a church leader… You’re excited about the possibility. You’re overwhelmed with dread. Honestly, we understand both! No matter how you feel about capital campaigns, here’s the truth: they’re probably a necessary part of life at your church. Creating a calendar for raising money at your church is huge! Think about it… For starters, without a designated and organized effort, it’s hard to gain momentum. Next, people understand campaigns. They recognize that campaigns have both a start and end date. In other words, they know that your church is asking for money specifically for this season. Campaigns allow your church to increase its focus and energy around your church budget for a short period of time. So whether you’re raising money for a specific fund, vision, building expansion, staff hire, or new ministry, we want to help make your capital campaigns both simple and successful. To do that, walk with us through the three phases of a great capital campaign…