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Mar
14
2014

Finance Fridays: 5 Online Giving Stats for Churches

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One of the things that I get to do professionally is help churches get started with online giving through eGive. We are getting ready to release a report on online giving, and why it works for churches. I am pretty excited about this, but I was pretty shocked by some of the statistics that we came across in the process of putting the report together: According to the 2013 State of the Plate survey, 36% […]

Mar
6
2014

Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code

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For the last twenty years, church leaders have been fed a steady diet of vision. We’ve been told that vision is the key to leading a successful church. Without vision the people perish, they say. If something isn’t working right it comes back to an issue of vision. And so, church leaders go out and dream up grand visions and unleash them within the church… and nothing happens. Don’t get me wrong, vision is incredibly important when […]

Nov
15
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part 3)

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Over the last three Fridays we have been discussing year end, and how churches need to be preparing for December 31 (six weeks!). Two weeks ago, we heard from Brad Leeper on year end giving, last week we spoke with Bill O’Connell about year end reporting and accountability, and today I am speaking with Jeremy Moore about budgeting for 2014. Jeremy Moore serves churches as Regional Director of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Over the […]

Nov
11
2013

It’s Not What You Know…

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Todd Henry’s Accidental Creative podcast hit me with a simple one liner, that brought a few things into focus for me last night. A simple line, that he probably didn’t think a whole lot about, tied together some of my recent thinking on disciple making: It’s not what you know, it’s what you do that matters. Way back in the day, during my undergrad career, we learned that there were five purposes of the local […]

Nov
4
2013

Our Most Important Metric

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I read a fascinating piece on Digital Trends yesterday that has me thinking about what we design things for. The article talks about Nurburgring, a world renowned racetrack, and how automobile manufacturers use the track to test high performance cars, leveraging that data for marketing purposes. While this sounds like a phenomenal idea at first, they may be a few unintended consequences with this strategy. Peter Braun, author of the article, sums it up beautifully in […]

Nov
1
2013

Finance Fridays: Preparing for Year End (part one)

last day of the month

Today is November first, we currently have sixty days before the end of the year. With this in mind, I want to take the next three Fridays to discuss what churches need to focus on as year end approaches. To do this, I have asked several of my friends to help share their wisdom with the Church Thought community(click here for part two, part three). Today, I have asked my friend Brad Leeper to spend […]

Oct
9
2013

What Churches can Learn from Nuclear Subs

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Ok, so a nuclear submarine and a church don’t seem to have a whole awful lot in common… at first. Take a closer look, and you will find two complex organizations loaded with similar leadership challenges. While the mission of the local church is not to go around sinking enemy vessels (in case you were wondering), the need for church leadership to develop and maintain a healthy organizational culture focused on expanding God’s Kingdom is remarkably […]

Sep
20
2013

Finance Friday: Is Your Non-Profit Status at Risk?

IRS Tax Auditor

This week’s Ministry Briefing highlights a story that Nonprofit Quarterly had about the revocation of 501(c)3 status that many organizations are facing. The most troubling part of the story is that many of the organizations that are at risk don’t even realize they are about to lose their status. The revocations mostly result from a failure to fulfill all filing requirements that the IRS demands from a non-profit, and to say that the IRS is taking […]

Sep
17
2013

Change Takes Time or Don’t Do It To Them

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Somehow, over the last year, I have found myself engaged in coaching relationships with a great deal of pastors who are relatively new to their churches. I love getting to spend time with these guys… they are incredibly optimistic, hungry to see cool things happen, and ready to take on the world. Which is why my biggest piece of advice for them can be somewhat confusing: slow down. “But Matt,” they say “there is so […]

Sep
16
2013

When a Church (Finally) Gets it Right

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This month Ministry Briefing changed from a monthly to a weekly publication. This means we are able to get news and information out to our readers in a much more timely basis (and YOU can get one week free by clicking here). Now that I got the commercial out of the way, I wanted to highlight a story in the September 13th edition of Ministry Briefing: White Baptist Church Apologizes for Ban Against Black Members in the 60’s […]

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