Why People Blame The Church

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It’s far too common for people to blame the church for any and everything. Most of the time, the church isn’t to blame at all. However, there are some issues that church leaders may be able to learn from. You can take the complaints and use them to improve the church. While you’ll never make everyone that comes through your doors happy, it does help to understand why they’re blaming the church in the first place. They Can’t Find The Right Community Community is one of the top reasons people attend church, outside of worship, of course. In fact, 78% of …

How To Get Church Visitors To Return After Easter

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Easter is one of the busiest times for churches. It seems like a promising start to a boost in church attendance, but once Easter is over, all those extra visitors seem to disappear. Sadly, many of your new visitors during Easter services and community events are only there temporarily. They may have attended for a special Easter program or they limit church attendance to special holidays. Whatever their reason, church leaders don’t have to accept that these visitors won’t return after Easter. In fact, there are several things you can do to help bring some of those visitors back. Let …

7 Top Online Giving Companies For Churches

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If church donations are down, the problem might be with your giving options. Take a moment to consider how many of your church members actually carry cash with them anymore. Odds are, many members, especially those under 50, are more used to carrying debit and credit cards. This means when the offering plate comes around, they don’t have anything to put in it. This doesn’t mean they don’t want to give, though. Online giving options give these members a chance to give on their terms. They can make occasional donations or set up a schedule, so they never forget. It’s …

7 Church Leadership Podcasts Pastors Need To Subscribe To Today

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If you’re feeling lost or just want to become a better leader, church leadership podcasts help give you the inspiration and motivation you need. Podcasts are easy to subscribe and listen to whenever you have a free minute. Learn about current issues facing your church family, creative ways to engage members and even the best ways to attract new members. Make sure you subscribe to all five of these podcasts and be ready to take notes. You’ll be amazed at what you learn and how you can apply it immediately. 1. 5 Leadership Questions A podcast that makes you think …

6 Small Thinking Church Myths That Can Harm Your Church

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It’s easy to buy into myths. After all, you hear them all the time and they probably started with a grain of truth. However, when church myths start holding your church back, it’s time to separate fact from fiction. Every myth you hear isn’t true and those lies can do lasting harm to your church if you’re not careful. Once you let go of the falsehoods, you might just discover your church is better than it ever was. 1. Big Churches Are A Bad Thing There’s a myth floating around that big churches are automatically bad. In fact, these mega-churches …

5 Foolproof Ways To Reach Unchurched Young Adults Online

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If your church isn’t online, it might seem like it’s impossible to reach unchurched young adults. The truth is, churches need an online presence to better reach this demographic. Even though they’re unchurched, many of these young adults aren’t opposed to church. They either aren’t interested in attending an actual location or already have other commitments. However, they still want spiritual guidance. Thanks to the Internet, you now have foolproof ways to ensuring your message reaches today’s younger adults. It’s a powerful tool for reaching those that once seemed unreachable. 1. Make Your Church Easily Accessible This is the most …

7 Things You Will Never Hear Your Members Say About Your Church Website That You Should

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Oh yeah, “about your church website Pastor!” We are all sweet and perfect Christians, right? We all know the answer to that. None of us are perfect. Ministry and church life can often be very hard. It is a different kind of beast compared to anything else out there. Yet, we are all called to be Christlike even when things are tough, irritating, and not agreeable to us. One of the things I have found being in ministry for years now is that we choose to error by faking nice, even when we do not want to be. We put on …

How The Internet Has Revolutionized The Way Churches Communicate

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It’s undeniable that the Internet has changed the way churches communicate. Gone are the days of a few conversations after church, only to see members again during service hours or special appointments. Now, it’s easier than ever to send an inspirational message in a few clicks or ask for prayers from hundreds of miles away. The possibilities are seemingly endless. While it’s true that some believe the Internet has hurt churches, the digital world has actually opened up more lines of faith-based communication than ever before. Reach Members Any Time Your members come to church to worship together, but they …

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Infographic: 25 Stats You Need To Know About Instagram For Churches

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Instagram is the fastest growing social media platform in the world. It is growing five times faster than any other social network. Is your church using it? You should be. By now you know that your church needs to be using social media. You have an hour with your church family on Sunday mornings. Social media gives you access to your church for the other 167 hours each week. Most churches today are using Facebook, the world’s largest social network. Most of your church family is on there, and your church should be using it to grow.  If I was …

Why Leading The Unchurched Is Never Easy

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Leading the unchurched may not always seem easy, simply because the benefits of your church might not be as obvious to them as it is to you. Most unchurched people aren’t opposed to attending church, but they have to find the right fit for their needs. This means listening to those needs and finding ways your church can help meet their needs. The most important thing to remember is to take the time to understand unchurched people. In many cases, they’re just looking for a church that is open to their questions about faith. It’s Difficult To Build Trust With …