4 Tips for Sane and Strategic Church Event Planning

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From ancient festivals to Vacation Bible Schools, events have always been touchstones for thriving faith communities. Events bring people together for fun and fellowship. They celebrate values and attract newcomers. But they also can be a lot of work!

As the fall and winter holiday seasons approach, you’re most likely firing up your event engines. How can you make sure an event inspires your attendees without exhausting your resources? How do you mobilize volunteers in ways that build them up instead of wearing them out? Continue reading «4 Tips for Sane and Strategic Church Event Planning»

Understanding Unchurched Millennials

Barna quote 2We’re hearing more and more from our church partners that a major concern they have is how to engage millennials. This is a unique time in the church’s history and, with 43% of adults in America being “churchless” (Barna Group), it’s easy to be alarmed about the state of the church and its possible future, not to mention a growing segment of the population.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be exploring this topic, both here on the blog and through new resources we’re working on. Continue reading «Understanding Unchurched Millennials»

Encouragement for Church Financial Directors

managing church financesAs director of finances at your church, you face significant challenges. While other ministers are busy with people and programming, you often become the primary (if not, solitary) checkpoint for responsible stewardship and record-keeping. In fact, you may feel personally responsible for your church’s operational excellence and financial health.

That’s a heavy load — one that can become overwhelming when the economy weakens and membership fluctuates.

You don’t have to bear the burden alone. Continue reading «Encouragement for Church Financial Directors»

Is Your Definition of “Church Budget” Sabotaging Your Vision?

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With the help of our friends at PSK, CPA, an accounting firm that specializes in churches, we’re talking about church budgets this month.

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Most projects can benefit by starting with definitions, to make sure everyone is on the same page. Continue reading «Is Your Definition of “Church Budget” Sabotaging Your Vision?»

Church Budget Advice From 4 Experts

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Church budget season is upon us. Whether you’re about to hash out your 2016 budget,  still in data-gathering mode, or wondering where in the world to start, we’ve pulled together four resources that can help. Continue reading «Church Budget Advice From 4 Experts»

5 Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

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Even if the weather is still blazing hot, back-to-school season brings a fresh breeze of excitement and chatter to your hallways. With the new school year comes the hustle and bustle of new activities within your church. We have a few ideas for ways you can use your church management software (ChMS) to prepare for a fantastic fall:

  • Streamline Promotion Sunday
  • New Group Types
  • Use your ChMS congregational portal for Groups
  • Promote outreach events
  • Host a Volunteer Drive

Continue reading «5 Ways to Get Ready for Back to School»

MortarStone: Kingdom Funding Made Easy

Imortar stone logon our last webinar, the IT Director from a 7-campus church referred to a third-party tool the church was using as part of their capital campaign strategy. MortarStone’s unique platform had helped them determine the surprising amount they could reasonably raise.

We developed our API to enable third-party tools to integrate with Fellowship One. MortarStone is one such tool.  Continue reading «MortarStone: Kingdom Funding Made Easy»

The Top 3 Things Every Church Should Measure

HOW [and what] do you MEASURE

We’ve been talking about the power of church metrics for a few weeks now. The questions we received at our recent webinar show me that there’s a lot of interest in the topic, but a whopping 78% of our attendees classified themselves as either new or fairly new to the journey.

One topic that came up at the webinar was something called Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). These are custom baselines which successful organizations establish to measure themselves against. Don’t worry; this is not as unfamiliar as it may sound. Continue reading «The Top 3 Things Every Church Should Measure»

9+ Reasons to Join the New F1 Leadership Blog Roundup

Gina 3Hi! My name is Gina Calvert. I’m the Senior Content Writer at Fellowship One and I’ve been blogging here for almost four years.

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1995: My family on our first day at an Austin church

As a minister’s wife, I’m familiar with the world of church leadership. As a writer at a software company, I get a firsthand look at how technology helps churches achieve their mission of impacting communities and offering exceptional member care. I also get to hear a lot of great ideas from our church partners. These experiences permeate my writing and the topics I choose to write about.

I want to bring you the most relevant insights I can, and I want them to be truly helpful and never annoying. So, I’m trying something new here at the F1 Leadership blog. Continue reading «9+ Reasons to Join the New F1 Leadership Blog Roundup»

Megachurch Leaders on Growth

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The introduction of the Megachurch—large churches with congregations in the thousands—has sparked the question for many faith communities, “How do we grow and expand?” These megachurches tend to grow to their great size within a very short period of time, usually less than ten years. Continue reading «Megachurch Leaders on Growth»