10 Church Budget Tips

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Below are 10 tips that we use in preparing a yearly budget: #1 - Be realistic - I know you're sure that outreach event is going to take your church from 200 to 2,000 in just one week, but why not look at your past and say, "We've grown by 25% each year, I think we can expect the same this upcoming year." #2 - Consider the church's goals - What are you trying to accomplish this year? Are you seeking to do more with missions? Youth? Children? Marketing? All of these things needs to factor into your bottom line. ... Read More

Church Staff Compensation

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The issue of staff compensation is one that comes up in every coaching network I lead.  There's no doubt it's a complex issue and there's no one size fits all answer. Having said that, there's 3 questions that should drive all staff compensation discussions:  1. What do you do? 2. How well do you do it? 3. What would it cost to replace you? As far as I'm concerned, these are the most important compensation questions. One of my philosophies is that not every job is a career. While a custodian is an important job for any church with a ... Read More

The Boy Who Cried “Micro-Manager!”

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Let me just come out and say it: most leaders don't micromanage. In fact, most people have no idea what micromanaging is. Example: Asking your graphics guy to design a flyer for an event and following up a few days later is not micromanaging. Asking your graphics guy to design a flyer for an event and standing over him while he designs it and commenting on each color is micromanaging. But let's be honest: most Pastors aren't standing over the shoulder of their staff. In fact, most Pastors suffer delegating to the point of abandonment (which is another problem all ... Read More

The #1 Rule of Church Guest Follow Up

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Easter is just days away and lots of first time guests will be at your church. Also, many will make decisions to follow Jesus in your services. Here's my question: how will you help them come back next week? Rule #1 for effective follow up is: Get contact information so you can follow up with them and help them take their first few spiritual steps. Here's the principle behind this rule: you can't follow up with people you do not know. IF you have no contact info, you cannot so follow up. So that's why job #1 for us as ... Read More

Pastor, so you say, “I’m not an evangelist!”

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I am amazed that God has allowed Calvary Fellowship to be much an evangelistic church that reaches primarily unchurched people. The reason I'm so amazed is because I'm not an evangelist.  I'm a Bible teacher. That's my sweet spot. Teaching through books of the Bible and feeding God's people. While that's my primary gifting, my passion is to see lost people found. Nothing gives me greater joy than to see a lost person give their life to Jesus and start growing in their faith. I know a lot of Pastors who aren't evangelists in gifting and that's their "pass" for not ... Read More

1 Simple Way To Strengthen Your Church Staff

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Lots of pastors ask me where to begin when it comes to training their teams or changing their church's culture. Here is the one thing you can do to set the course you want to take in your ministry with those you serve with... Be clear. It sounds simple and yet it's more challenging than we realize. Being clear is about knowing who you are AND who you are not. This means saying 'no' to a lot of things so you can say 'yes' to the right things. So give you team clarity about... What is expected of them in ... Read More

#1 Graduate Level Outreach & Discipleship Strategy

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61 Days Until Easter... As we are gearing up for our annual Double On Easter Coaching (available now until Wednesday, January 27th), we are really focused on what we call graduate level outreach strategies. In my last post I mentioned that it was a mistake not to engage new believers leading up to Easter with outreach. Why? Because studies have shown that within 2 years Christians tend to lose a lot of their non-Christian contacts. But there is a specific approach that will not only help disciple these new believers but ensure you reach more people with your outreach on ... Read More

4 Outreach Mistakes to Avoid This Easter

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65 Days until Easter and as we gear up for the Superbowl of Church I've got 4 common mistakes for you to avoid here if you want to have a huge Easter. Trying to Talk to Everyone the Same Way.  When you're doing direct mail, you choose your group and stick to it.  But with Facebook ad targeting you have no excuse.  You choose who sees your Easter Promotion.  So first identify which types of people are most likely to attend an stay at your church.  Then customize your promotion for their different interests.  Don't talk to everyone the same ... Read More

3 Tips for Creating an Inviting Culture This Easter

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Believe it or not, Easter is only 66 days away... So now is a great time to focus on creating a culture of inviting at your church.  Because believe it or not, what you do now can make a difference in whether you have a huge Easter or just a normal one. Today I've got 3 Tips for You To Create an Inviting Culture This Easter: Two invite cards per seat.  This is a simple but effective way to put inviting in the forefront of people's minds.  We tell our congregation why the cards are there each service -- for ... Read More

Amping Up Your Church’s Facebook This Christmas

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Right now everyone's making their Christmas week plans. So here's my question for you... How are you ensuring that they remember your church services among all the last minute shopping and family get-togethers?  Social Media is the one place you can be sure people will be still be checking in. So make sure your church has got its Facebook points of contact covered. This includes: Graphics if you have them. We post these as well as send them out via email.  Here's an example of the one we're using right now at Calvary. Co-opting Staff and Key leaders to boost ... Read More