Ready or not, Christmas is coming. That means churches are planning events, socials, and special services. Today we provide some tips to make this a great Christmas season for your church.


  1. Christmas Eve is the time when the unchurched are most receptive to attending church.
  2. Traditions are key: hymns and carols, candlelight with Silent Night, etc.
  3. The service should be brief, 30-minutes max.
  4. Begin promotion right after Thanksgiving.
  5. Use your Facebook page and Facebook ads.
  6. Design a very simple registration card: first name, email, guest or member, prayer request. Ask everyone to complete it.
  7. Prepare for multiple services in most churches, at the very least for greater attendance.
  8. Plan for staff to have time off post-Christmas.


Source: Lifeway Resources


For more great ideas on how to communicate effectively with your congregation, contact one of our Shelby Ministry Consultants today!



If every person in your congregation supported your church financially in generous ways, think of all your church could do to reach and serve people for Jesus. It would be great, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, however, many Christians don’t give generously.  The average churchgoer currently gives just 2.56 percent of his or her income.  As a result, many churches are struggling to afford the costs of doing the ministry work that God has called them to do.


Here’s how you can help people in your church learn how to give:


Don’t hesitate to talk about money. While it’s true that some people in your church may become uncomfortable if you discuss money matters, you shouldn’t shy away from talking about the importance of supporting your church financially through generous giving. Keep in mind that Jesus talked a lot about money in the Bible because it’s crucial for people to have healthy attitudes about money for them to be spiritually healthy. Trust that as you faithfully teach people about the importance of financial giving, the Holy Spirit will work in their lives.


Explain that giving equals growing. Help the people in your church understand that they can’t really grow spiritually unless they learn how to give generously. Jesus often stressed the importance of people releasing their hold on money so it won’t derail them spiritually, and learning to trust God and help others more by giving money away. Stewardship is essential for discipleship, since people’s attitudes toward money strongly affect their level of spiritual maturity.


Help people see how God Himself models giving. God has given people the greatest gift possible: salvation. God is giving by nature and loves to give good gifts to the people He created and loves. Encourage the people in your congregation to be alert to the many fresh blessings that God gives them every day.  The more that people notice how God is constantly giving to them, the more their gratitude will motivate them to respond to His generosity by answering His call to give to support their church.


Create a culture of generosity in your church. If your church doesn’t invest much in resources to help people grow, that culture of scarcity will promote an attitude of scarcity in people’s minds when you ask them to give financially to the church. But if you create a culture of generosity in your church by giving people plenty of resources to support them, the generous attitude that you model will encourage them to be generous with their monetary donations to support the church. So give to the people who attend your church, in ways such as passing out free books or CDs to first-time visitors and providing free breakfasts or lunches for volunteers either before or after the worship services.


Turn a first-time giver into a regular giver. People who haven’t given money to your church before may be struggling with fear about giving money away. You can help them loosen their grip on money and open their hearts to God by encouraging them to give to the church for the first time, and then keep on giving. Let people know that your church’s ministry is supported by its members, talk about how giving will help people grow spiritually, and give people information about their various options for how to support your church financially (from putting checks in an offering plate to donating online). Teach on stewardship during worship services at least four times each year. Have people who currently give to your church tell stories in worship services at least twice per year about how giving has helped them grow, so people who haven’t yet given can be inspired by their testimonies. Make the logistics of giving easy for people in your church, such as by giving people advance notice that an offering is about to be taken so they have time to get their gifts ready. Follow up with people after they give for the first time, to thank them for giving and encourage them to make giving a new habit. Stay connected with them, sending them financial giving statements and expressing gratitude. Present an annual giving challenge during a worship service to encourage everyone who attends your church to give regularly over a set period of time.


Turn a regular giver into an extravagant giver. Help people who faithfully give learn how to give sacrificially beyond their regular giving, building a lifestyle of generosity that will keep expanding their souls and expanding God’s kingdom work on through your church. Challenge people to give extravagantly during special giving opportunities, such as capital campaigns to add onto your church’s building or the annual Christmas offering near the end of each year. Let them hear personal testimonies from others who have given extravagantly and experienced God’s blessings through their generosity.


Adapted from the book Maximize: How to Develop Extravagant Givers in Your Church.


Shelby Systems is committed to helping churches large and small streamline their giving process. We provide the software and the plan that can help your church make the leap to digital giving. To find out how, contact one of our Ministry Consultants today. And don’t forget to ask about our special Digital Giving Package!


Many churches in America have aging congregations and a constant prayer in all of them is that they attract young families to the church. A primary response to this need is for churches to upgrade their children’s programs and make certain their nurseries are spotless, attractive, and well-staffed. Though facilities responses are essential, communication responses are also important if your church wants to have a family come back more than once.


You’ve got to speak the same language as younger people

Imagine if you were invited to a party by a close friend. The friend tells you that the people are great and you’ll have a fantastic time. You approach the party with excitement—but when you open the door, you discover that the party guests are all speaking the language of their native country and English isn’t allowed. They are all English speakers, but they prefer to not speak it at their parties. They smile and are very nice. They offer you food; they have a game room for your kids; but when you try to talk to them, they shake their head and say your language isn’t allowed. You will probably leave as quickly as you can and decide you never want to associate with that group again.


The language of many young people today is technology and if you don’t speak that language, they will feel about as welcome as the guest in the story above.


Technology communication tips

Attitude is one of the most important things in learning to speak the language of technology.  You may not know how to do the things that are suggested below, but admitting that your church is working on these areas and perhaps even asking for help to implement them, will go a long way to making technology speakers feel at home.


None of the comments that follow should be taken as a recommendation that you do away with any of your current means of church communications. You still need printed Bibles, email, phone calls, postcards, and whatever else the people in your church use for communications. The challenge today is that we can’t do away with past means of communication, but we continuously need to add new ones and here are some to consider:


Allow the use of cell phones and tablets in church and adult education classes

This seems so basic, but some church bulletins that tell people not to use their phone even to read their Bibles in church. One church went so far as to give a mini-lecture in print on how irreverent it was to read the Bible on your phone and how distracting it was to those around you.


I don’t imagine many who were used to reading the Bible on their phones came back a second time to that church.


In contrast, at another church when it’s time to read the Scripture for the morning, the Pastor invites people to follow along, “either on the screen in front, your printed Bible, or whatever electronic device you enjoy using.”


It isn’t surprising that this church, with a large aging congregation, has recently been running announcements in the bulletin asking for volunteers in the ever-growing children’s programs.


Be sure your website is responsive and constantly updated

A responsive website is one that can be easily accessed on a smart phone.  A responsive website resizes so that text can easily be read on the smaller screen. A website that isn’t responsive can be accessed with a smart phone, but it’s hard to read and extremely difficult to find anything on it. For people who use their smart phones to look up every part of their lives, if your church makes that impossible, they won’t bother to go to a desktop computer or call the church office.


Making a church website responsive can be as simple as changing the underlying template for the site, if your site is built using WordPress.


Text important messages

Email is no longer the latest and most efficient way to contact people. Many people today don’t ever look at a desktop computer unless their job requires them to. They access all the media and information they need through their smart phone and seldom look at email. It can be depressing to realize after all the work you do on creating email newsletters that many people won’t look at them.


Shelby Systems can help your ministry send group texts to smart phones.


Have the option to give electronically

Many people pay all their bills electronically today and some have few or no paper checks. If you want them to give to your church, you need a system where they can do this. Not only will this make it easier for people who prefer to pay this way, but many churches have discovered that electronic giving makes contributions much more consistent.


Have your pastor’s sermons and those of other teachers available online, preferably on iTunes

Many people have changing work schedules. Because of that, they may not be able to attend church regularly. If people miss, they may want to hear the sermon and if the only way you have them available, if you do, is on CD or tapes, many younger people simply won’t bother. Many of the church website templates have automatic ways to put audio files on your site. Getting your material on iTunes is important to do if you want to make your message easily available.


Make social media more than a logo on your bulletin or a link on your website

If you or someone on staff isn’t regularly interacting with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google+ accounts, don’t just put these on your bulletin or as a link on your website because that’s the “in” thing to do. These tools are called “social media” for a reason. Find a volunteer who loves interacting on these sites and will do it for the church.


A final note—the technology advice above is for more than younger families

Everything listed above applies to attracting young families to your church, but the article could also have been labeled, “Some tech communication  lapses in many churches today.”


The goal here is to be all things to all people that we might win some, no matter what technology they use or what age they are.


Source: Ministry Tech


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A recent survey was taken of more than 8,000 churches regarding their current stewardship needs.  There was an overwhelming response that increasing the generosity of the individuals in their congregation was by far the most important.  You won’t believe how simple it can be to accomplish! Sometimes, we just need someone with a different perspective to remind us of valuable precepts.


Precept 1:  Simplicity

I have always been a huge fan of the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) principle.  Simplicity can never be overdone!  How do you keep giving simple, you ask?  First, make sure that your simplicity accommodates the needs of your entire congregation, not just a particular group.  And, yes, that means that you will have to define multiple avenues for receiving donations, at least enough to address your membership group; although, you may want to address simplicity for those outside your membership as well.  The giving process must be simple enough that when a person is ready to give, they have the vehicle to do so immediately and easily.  That simplicity could come in the form of pew envelopes while sitting in a worship service, text giving from a pew, kiosk giving in the vestibule, QR codes on pew envelopes or bulletins while at church, or online giving while at home on the computer,  etc.  By all means, do not rely on just one of these methods—remember, keep it simple for everyone.  One of the best ways to ensure people will do what you ask them to do is to make it easy enough to do.  It’s acceptable, even biblical, that church leaders ask members to provide funding for their various ministries and operations.  But, if you want to create the greatest likelihood that the request is converted into action, make it so simple that not only will they do it once, they will do it repeatedly.  Pretty simple, right?


Precept 2:  Promotion

Ask.  Request.  Petition.  Pray.  Church giving is, and may always be, a sensitive subject in most churches.  When you consider that churches rely entirely on donations to exist, it should absolutely be a sensitive subject.  Hopefully, members will already feel a sense of obligation to support their church.  For those that have not yet realized their obligation, the promotion of church giving is paramount to success.  Statistically, most people are followers.  By definition, they are following a leader of some organization.  Church members look to their leader, the pastor, and any other governing groups within the church.  With that information in hand, it only makes sense that the first promotion of church giving come from the pulpit.  According to marketing principles, we know that it takes multiple communications on one topic to successfully plant the seed.  And, because people respond better to different messaging formats, consider that one method is simply not enough.  A sample plan of this proposed communication process would be the following:

  •  Pastor speaks on gift giving at least four times annually.
  • Church leaders personally promote the value of the various donation methods.
  • Mention it in worship bulletins or include a QR code for enhanced pew giving.
  • Email blast to the membership with contribution choices included.
  • Text blast to the membership with text giving directions.
  • Place message boards throughout the church.
  • Use direct mailings such as monthly offering envelope packages with a letter from the pastor.

Keep in mind, that this is just a sample.  You should design a collection of communications and promotion efforts that will be most significant for your membership.  Regardless of which methods you use, your promotion plan should include multiple styles of communication to increase the effectiveness. Imagine how successful it could be if you utilized multiple communication venues and processes!


Precept 3:  Appreciation

Webster defines appreciation as “thankful recognition”.  Expressing appreciation is more difficult for some than others but historically has demonstrated the greatest return on investment of any other gesture.  And, who doesn’t love to be appreciated?  Contemplate the following perspective.  If you have two individuals in front of you making a request of your time, but only one of them ever expresses appreciation for the way you help them, which are you most likely to accommodate?  Church members are certainly no different.  In fact, that gift of appreciation typically “keeps on giving”, no pun intended.  When an organization relies entirely on donations to exist, no gift is too small; and no gift is too small for the church to demonstrate gratitude.  However, in order for it to be truly compelling, it can’t just be about thankfulness. Take the time to inform the contributor exactly how they helped the church with their gift.  Make them aware of other ministry efforts that could benefit from their generosity, while at the same time, providing the most effortless method to donate again—right at this moment they are feeling proud for helping.  Maybe even create a “good steward” award program in the church and once a month recognize the givers during a service.  It’s not important to announce the amount of the gift, just that those people met the “good steward” criteria you developed for the program.


You already knew all of these precepts, didn’t you?  But, how many of them are you actually utilizing in your church to increase generosity?  A new year will be here soon, so make a resolution to incorporate all of these precepts in your stewardship promotion efforts and start benefitting from increased generosity!


Source: Ministry Tech


Shelby Systems is committed to helping churches large and small streamline their giving process. We provide the software and the plan that can help your church make the leap to digital giving. To find out how, contact one of our Ministry Consultants today. And don’t forget to ask about our special Digital Giving Package!


Every logo should convey a clear, concise, and memorable message. A good logo should strive for both simplicity and originality. Your logo should communicate one message, and communicate it well. Additionally, a church logo must inspire a spiritual connection with your audience.

Here are five steps to building a logo that embodies your message and begins a conversation with potential church visitors.


Take time to reflect on your message. You want to tell your church’s particular story, focusing on what makes your church unique. Your logo should be distinct. Ask yourself questions like, “What is the mission of our church? What values do we want to promote?” Don’t try to say everything with your logo. Remember, think of it as an introduction. Keep it simple and to the point. The Ark Church’s logo below (designed by Kyle Kutter)  is a good example of a logo that keeps a single focus and tells the unique story of the church it belongs to very well:

Remember to choose colors, fonts, and symbols that embody the uniqueness of your church!


Who do you want to inspire to join your congregation? Does your church cater to a younger generation? Are your services more traditional? Does your church have a denominational focus that will appeal to some more than others? Your audience can determine the style of your church logo. If you want to appeal to younger people, use current design trends and popular colors in your logo. The logo below, belonging to Commission Church, is a good example of a logo that features modern design.

A traditional congregation will want to use classic symbols of faith and religion in familiar configurations, like the logo below, belonging to Grace Fellowship Church.

A modern church logo may be abstract. A traditional church logo is literal. It’s important to decide on the style you want to represent your church before you begin the logo design process. A modern, traditional or abstract style will help you determine the colors, graphics, and fonts. Whatever style you choose, make sure it matches the characteristics of your ministry so people know what to expect.

    The beauty of symbols is that they are packed with meaning. Images of a church, steeple, or the cross have come to represent Christianity. Don’t be afraid to use traditional symbols in a new way. A classic image rendered in a fresh perspective can portray your one-of-a-kind church. For example, a modern congregation might use an abstract stained glass window in neon colors for their church logo. McCoy Memorial Baptist Church’s Logo, designed by Luke Anspach, makes good use of a stained glass window in its design.

    The colors you choose will add clarity to your message. Like a symbol, color can accentuate and clarify a message. Pay attention to the meaning of different colors. Every color evokes a different reaction. Do you want to convey energy or calm? Classic or modern thinking? Past traditions or future possibilities? The logo below, which belongs to Calvary Memorial Church, (and was designed by Belief Agency) makes good use of vibrant colors.

Color can tell people a lot about your church. Use it wisely, and have fun with it!

    Once you consider all the elements, it’s time to visualize your completed logo. Try to think of all of the ways that you will use your logo. It should be appealing in every size from a business card to a billboard. Your logo should look good in color as well as black and white. Consider how it will look on your website and signage. Keep it clean and simple and it will display well on shirts, hats, bags, brochures, pens, and much more. To help you visualize your finished logo, you might consider using a logo mockup generator.

Ready to create your unique church logo? All that’s left to decide is whether or not you’ll design it yourself or hire your logo design job out to a professional designer.

Source: Church Tech Today

Shelby Systems has decades of experience working with ministries of all sizes, for more creative ideas and suggestions contact your Shelby Sales Consultant today!



#GivingTuesday, created in 2012, was the brainchild of New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation. This holiday serves to create a global movement of generosity and kindness by inspiring people to donate to nonprofit organizations around the world.

Similar to how Black Friday represents the beginning of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is the kick off to the charitable giving season – placing focus on the true meaning of the season.

This holiday is a true social media movement (hence the hashtag). Donors often share information about their favorite cause and organizations on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. – encouraging their friends and family to contribute as well!

#GivingTuesday always falls on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, #GivingTuesday will be celebrated on November 28th.

Though #GivingTuesday was created for all types of nonprofits, it can be especially beneficial for faith-based organizations and churches. Historically, Religious organizations receive the largest share of charitable donations. In 2016, 32% of all charitable donations, or $122.94 billion, went to religious organizations. And most of these donations can be attributed to people giving to their local place of worship. This event unites people around the world in doing good which makes #GivingTuesday the perfect time to raise donations for a special fund or mission that your church is organizing.

From our community to yours, we invite you to take part and create your own #GivingTuesday tradition.

Churches are invited to attend a FREE webinar hosted by Shelby Systems at 10 a.m. CST on November 14, 2017 to help prepare to be a part of #GivingTuesday. Attendees will be given a link to a free booklet that can help plan for Giving Tuesday. To register for the webinar, go to this link:


Do your members give because it’s simply what is expected of them? Do they give out of guilt? Or do they give because they are truly generous and want to give whatever they can for the sake of the church? Those questions will get you started on the road to learning how to encourage your donors to give more.


Tracking and measuring this will give you an idea of how much money is donated and distributed to needs outside of the church.  If your members only donate to cover the bare necessities of the church and nothing more, you may have a problem.


Set out how much you expect per adult per week, and then calculate the total you should be getting each week based on your average weekly attendance. Based on a giving analysis, you could count on about $20 per head per week (this is a rough average, and is definitely dependent on zip code as well—certain areas will have lower or higher averages). If your attendance grows, yet your donations remain the same, that may mean that your new members don’t quite comprehend the importance of giving. A report by The Chronicle of Philanthropy actually revealed that middle-class Americans give a much larger portion of their income to churches/charities than the wealthy do.  It states that households earning $50,000-$75,000 give an average of 7.6%, compared with an average of 4.2% for people who make $100,000 or more.


Are your members conscientious about giving to the church? Do they have opinions on where the money is going and the way the church is managed? Make sure that you involve your members and listen to their input, ideas and feedback –the more that you take their thoughts and needs into consideration, the more generous your members will be.  Please reach out to Shelby Systems for more information about assessing the reasons behind your members’ donations.


Once you’ve asked yourself those questions, you should think about taking these next steps:


Communicate with your members about donating and how the church operates, and how much it needs help.  Some ways to do that are by speaking to your members about how donating to your church can be a way to worship, by beginning stewardship campaigns, making more giving opportunities available to your members, speaking about giving in talks and sermons, and having meetings for your members where you can speak with them about the church and its finances.


When donating becomes a hassle, members are less likely to give, even if they are the most generous people in the world.  Having tools that enable your members to donate online, set up recurring donations, and give via mobile device are just a few good ways to make donating easy for your members.  Shelby offers several church management software tools to streamline the donation process.

Essentially, showing your members the true effects of being generous by having fundraisers, hosting events, and showing people what the church gives money to will encourage your members to donate more.  They’ll be willing to put more money towards something that they can witness firsthand is worthwhile.

Source: Church Tech Today

Shelby Systems is committed to helping churches large and small streamline their giving process. We provide the software and the plan that can help your church make the leap to digital giving. To find out how, contact one of our Ministry Consultants today. And don’t forget to ask about our special Digital Giving Package!


As a church leader with limited time, you want eyes on your social media posts–and more importantly, you want to reach people. To stand out in the crowd, follow churches and/or brands that stand out for powerful reasons.

Here are five Instagram accounts to follow, what they get right, and the 15 things your church can learn from them.

Sanctuary Church in Providence, Rhode Island, just “gets it” on Instagram.

Their artsy posts appeal to young people (Millennials, Gen Xers, and Gen Z.) who are looking for something that “fits” them at church.

1. Authenticity

Create Instagram posts that show authenticity. It’s what people crave from the church today.

2. Beauty

Sanctuary Church shoots scenes in their church building from artistic angles that reveal beauty.

3. Social Impact

Share Instagram posts that reveal the social justice and ministry side of your church to appeal to younger generations.

Real Simple Magazine’s Instagram account does three things well that churches can learn from.

1. Consistent Branding

With your team, figure out what your brand is–colors, fonts, images. And post those things that are consistent with your brand.

2. Humor

Humor isn’t easy but it’s a powerful magnet for people’s attention. And it says something about your church when you have a sense of humor.

3. Appeal to Emotions

You may think animal posts or cute kids or amazing sunsets are cheesy, but look at how many likes this sweet dog got. Instagram is not about conveying information as much as it is about appealing to emotions.

Mike Foster is one of the most effective “public profiles” on Instagram.

1. Relationships Count

Mike does a great job of introducing his followers to his friends. Just think of all the great people in your church that you could introduce to the world.

2. Post Consistently.

Mike does a great job of posting consistently to keep his followers engaged. Once a month isn’t consistent! Go for several times a week to create an engaged audience.

3. Inspire Your Audience.

Mike is always posting creative sayings and inspirational quotes that his audience looks forward to. You can post Scriptures, quotes, memes, and more.

Freeskiermagazine has 287k followers. And they never disappoint their fans.

1. Post Aspirational Images.

What images could you post that would make people aspire to be in your environment? Friends having coffee, a child giving a hug, people laughing. Post images that make people want to be there!

2. Post Adventurous Images.

What’s exciting about being a part of your church? Think youth group images–and you’re there.

3. Get the Adrenaline Pumping.

Ok, so you’re not going to post images like this happening at your church, but what about your church calls out to people’s spirits? Powerful worship? Sunrise service? The point is to think about how people will react when they see your image. An ahh! An ooh! A wow!

Compassion International is an amazing example for Instagram posts for your children’s ministry.

1. Post close-ups of children for best photography.

Wide shots of groups of children on Instagram aren’t effective. Instead zoom in tight and let people see a child’s eyes–the window to their soul. You’ll get an ahhh!

2. Show the need.

If you’re trying to call people to ministry, help them see the difference that they’ll be making. Compassion is masterful at this!

3. Involve people.

This was a great Instagram campaign that Compassion did where they invited people to post selfies of themselves and their sponsored children. What could your church do during a campaign? For a “love your neighbor” campaign, invite people to post photos of themselves with neighbors. For a series on “overcoming obstacles,” have people post photos of themselves on a mountaintop or achieving a goal.

Source: Ministry Tech

For more great ideas on how to communicate effectively with your congregation, contact one of our Shelby Ministry Consultants today!


There’s nothing more challenging than finding your way out of a financial problem in your church. But there is hope and there is way back to solvency and healthy finances if you follow a sound spiritual and fiscal plan to lead you there.

An intentional prayer ministry will do more to increase your offerings than any other emphasis of the church.

Vision statement
According to a recent survey, churches that have a written vision statement are growing faster than churches without a vision statement. Church growth will impact offerings to your church. If members and guests believe your church will make a difference in your community and world, then they will give more to the ministry of your church.

Positive atmosphere
Eliminating negative promotions such as the weekly/monthly budget requirements in the church bulletin or newsletter. Even in the best giving churches, your weekly/monthly offering will not meet your weekly/monthly giving requirements at least two times a month/year. The impression is created that your church is not healthy because your church is behind on giving when, in fact, you may be ahead of yearly requirements. Your people give to make a difference rather than negative budget requirements.

Ministry action budget
Your church budget should be a road map to the ministry concerns of your church. Your budget should guide your church on how to spend the money God has entrusted to your church family. A church budget based on ministry, not numbers, will impact the budget positively and cause your members to be excited about what God is doing in their midst.

Offering envelopes
Believe it or not, the old system of a member receiving a box of offering envelopes does increase giving. The weekly provided offering envelopes remind your members to give to God’s work in your church.

When your church is focused on missions they will have little time for in-fighting and disagreement. Your guests and members will give to your church when they see you focusing on others and making a difference in your world.

Move your offerings to the end of the worship service
Worship service giving normally will increase 10-20 percent if the offering is collected at the end of the worship service as opposed to the traditional collection time at the middle of the worship service. The offertory is a natural way for individuals to respond to God’s message.

Receiving offerings during Bible study
When individuals are accountable and loved by a small group ministry like Bible study, individuals will give more to the church. A Bible study growth campaign will increase giving in the church, too.

Conduct an ongoing stewardship emphasis
Biblical stewardship should be taught as part of regular ministry of your church. An annual stewardship emphasis will have insignificant lasting impact on your church members. You, as pastor or church leader, do not need to apologize for teaching the biblical perspective of Christian stewardship that God is the owner of everything. Teaching stewardship is equally important as any other teaching of the church.

Enlist stewardship testimonies
People can read about giving, but really not change their personal habit or practices. However, if someone they know and respect shares how God has worked in his life concerning biblical stewardship, then the hearers are more likely to practice Biblical stewardship in their lives. Testimonies during the worship services and Bible Study really do work!

Practice ’empowered spending’
Your ministry leaders and church staff should be empowered to be able to spend the allocated money within a budgeted line item without the finance committee or church treasurer approval. Your finance committee/treasurer should be aware of the spending through a possible purchase order system, but the committee/treasurer’s involvement should be only to carry out your church’s wishes. Empowered spending eliminates one or two people controlling the finances of your church. Individuals are more willing to give if the person thinks he has true influence on how the money will be spent.

Bless your staff financially
A church that blesses its staff financially will in turn be blessed. If your pastor does not have to worry about family financial concerns, then he will be able to focus more on ministry. In turn, the church and pastor will be blessed.

Model and teach an attempt to ‘out-give’ God
As a pastor or church leader, you should try to out give God. Of course, this is impossible, but it works! People want to be part of a church focused on God and His ways. (Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle: Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving has great teaching on this subject.)

Conduct revival services
A revival of God’s people should always lead to increased offering. As people move closer to God, they will give out of their abundant blessings to the Lord’s church.

Biblical financial principles taught
Biblical Christian stewardship concepts and principles should be taught as an ongoing ministry of the church. Believers constantly need this spiritual instruction. Do not apologize for it.

Source: Lifeway

Shelby Systems is committed to helping churches large and small streamline their giving process. We provide the software and the plan that can help your church make the leap to digital giving. To find out how, contact one of our Ministry Consultants today. And don’t forget to ask about our special Digital Giving Package!


When disaster strikes your local community, your church is in a unique position to provide relief. You have a group of people who are willing to help; your building and resources can offer a lifeline to the people who need it most.

Depending on where you live, your community could be at risk for a wide range of crises. If you want your church to be a valuable resource and refuge in times of need, here are five things you can do to prepare for disaster response:

1. Contact Local Authorities Before Disaster Strikes

When it comes to disaster relief, the last thing you want to do is reinvent the wheel or develop your own response strategy in a bubble. You want to maximize the impact of your church, which means supporting the response systems that are already in place.
Police, fire departments, and other local organizations are already well aware of what disasters could befall your community and how to prepare for them. Your neighborhood may have well-known seasonal battles with wildfires or floods, but your geography could pose other not-so-obvious hazards. These departments can show your church what disaster response looks like in your area.

2. Learn Evacuation Routes In Your Community

During a crisis, lack of information (or misinformation) can increase the damage inflicted on your community. When you talk to your local authorities, find out what an ideal evacuation looks like. Where should people go? How should they get there? These routes will vary depending on the location of the disaster, but if your church staff knows the evacuation routes in advance, it can be one of the most helpful ways you can respond to disaster.

You don’t have to announce disaster evacuation routes from the pulpit each weekend, but in times of disaster, your church should be poised to spread the word.

3. Keep Necessary Supplies On Hand

Your church isn’t trying to replace the fire department. But once you know what disasters you’re at risk for, you can stock up on some basic supplies to help out. You should always have first aid equipment, but depending on your level of risk for natural disasters, you may want more.
Hurricanes and tornados knock down trees, block roadways, and can even trap people inside their homes. Chainsaws, axes, and other landscaping equipment give your church more ways to help clean up after a crisis.

4. Identify Places Where Your Congregation Can Find Shelter

Not everyone has time to evacuate before a natural disaster. Your congregation needs to know where they can go when their home isn’t safe. It might mean high ground if you’re at risk for flooding or far from trees if there’s a tendency for wildfires. Your church might have an architecturally sound sanctuary that would be a perfect shelter during a disaster, but it’s possible that a local gym or a library could be a more secure location. Whatever it is, the important thing is that your congregation knows where to go, and you share that information with them.

5. Host Training Seminars

There are probably people in your church who would like to know basic first-aid and CPR but just haven’t got around to getting trained. Find out how many people are interested and work with local organizations to host a training seminar. This could even be a great way to engage your community if you open the seminar to the public.

Be Prepared

Imagine the impact your church could have if you were prepared to serve the most vulnerable and hurting members of your community. What would it be like if people saw your church as a valuable resource—whether they’re believers or not?

If you’re prepared, God could use your church to minister to your neighbors in times of need.
Source: Ministry Tech

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