6 Tips For Creating A Volunteer Vision For Your Church

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Recruiting and keeping volunteers is crucial to running a church. One of the best ways to do this is to create a clear volunteer vision. This vision is what shows volunteers the purpose of volunteering and what the church hopes to accomplish. It also provides values to live up to. It takes time to create the right type of vision. Think of this as part of your church culture. 1. Create A Clear Purpose No volunteer vision is complete with a clear purpose. Is volunteering about bringing together the community? Helping a set number of people? Are you trying to …

5 Social Media Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Church

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Social media is one of the best ways to reach new members and engage current members, especially younger ones. However, social media mistakes could turn this highly effective tool against your church. The last thing you want is to drive people away. Luckily, these common mistakes are easy to avoid. With a little planning, Facebook, Twitter, and all the others could become your church’s online community. 1. Posting And Forgetting The top reason people use social media is to stay in contact with friends. When members and potential members find your church on social media, they expect to experience some …

Church Leadership Is A Tough Gig

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One of the most difficult leadership roles is a church leader. In fact, church leadership ranks as number five out of nine on Forbes for toughest leadership positions. Of course, this doesn’t mean church leaders don’t love their jobs. Whether they’re being paid or they’re volunteering, being a leader in a church is fulfilling. From the outside, it might not seem quite so hard, but it’s important to think about all the responsibilities and how different church leaders are from other types of leaders. Leaders Aren’t Perfect Most people don’t expect leaders to be absolutely perfect, but when it comes …

6 Ways You Can Grow Your Church This Year

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Would you like to see more members in your church each week? Maybe you want to have a bigger variety of ages. If growth has plateaued or decreased, don’t give up hope. You can grow your church this year by employing a few simple strategies. Let your church family help you and together you’ll be able to increase growth and reach far more people in your community. 1. Focus On Your Website Content First off, if you don’t have a website, you need one. Many people research churches online before ever walking through the doors. If you’re not online, your …

How Well Are You Leading Your Church?

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It’s a common misconception that as long as you’re in charge, you’re an effective leader. Leading your church means more than just having a leadership title. If you’re having more and more trouble engaging members, members are leaving and/or you’re having trouble inspiring others to be leaders, there could be a problem. Don’t worry, though. Once you know more about what’s going wrong, it’s easier to become the type of leader your church needs to continue to grow. Signs You’re Not An Effective Leader No one wants to hear they’re not a good leader, yet to grow, you have to …

Why Churches Fail At Creating Leaders

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Creating leaders is important to keep a church running smoothly. Churches need leaders for various programs and groups. The problem is churches sometimes fail at creating great leaders. The good news is there are leaders within your church family. You just have to find the right way to appeal to them. Tackling some common obstacles to your leadership problem will help you uncover the hidden talent within your church. No Available Opportunities How often does your church broadcast leadership opportunities? Perhaps it’s an issue of a few people trying to do everything on their own. Or, you’re just waiting for …

The Ultimate Online Technology Strategy For Smaller Churches

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Smaller churches are sometimes reluctant to embrace technology and take their churches online. However, having an online technology strategy helps boost member engagement and new church visitors. Odds are, at least part of your church family uses social media and mobile devices often. This means that part of your potential visitors are online too. Connect on a wider scale by getting your church online. It’s easier than you might think and the rewards are well worth the effort. Keep Consistent Branding One thing to always remember throughout your online technology strategy is to keep consistent branding. From having the same …

Church Leadership – Working With Millennials

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Working with millennials might sometimes seem like trying to suddenly speak a foreign language, but it’s not nearly as difficult as it might seem. Actually, as church leaders, it’s a great opportunity to better understand millennials and become the type of leader they need. It’s a learning experience on both sides, but well worth the effort. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to work and worship alongside this generation once you figure out what they’re looking for in a church. Make Them Feel Involved You might see millennials on their phones all the time and think they aren’t …

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 …

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 …