Fellowship One Employee Highlight: Ashley Walcher

ashley walcherThis week we would like to highlight new mom, Ashley Walcher (shown here with her 8-month old son) as a valued team member here at Fellowship One.

Ashley oversees the Account Management team, helping churches streamline processes so they can extend their reach into their communities and live out the Gospel.

Ashley is a valuable team member who really understands the Faith customers. She says, “Working with Faith means I get the opportunity to impact the Kingdom by enabling churches to best use their tools and resources to draw people to Christ.”

Ashley – How do you keep faith ACTIVE?

“I’m currently part of the media team at my church and I serve as a Life Group leader for young adults as well.”

Click here to congratulate Ashley on Facebook.

Hear from Ashley and her team at the Virtual User Summit on 2/10/16 at 2pm CST. Click here to join.

 

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Gina is a word nerd who has been writing for ACTIVE for five years. When she’s not crafting content, she’s gardening, repurposing old furniture, reading, or watching movies with her husband.

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10 Reasons to Love Your Ministry Job

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Ministry is difficult, but so are most other kinds of jobs. If you haven’t thought about the upsides of your employment lately, Valentine’s Day (which just happens to fall on Sunday this year) is a great time to revisit the many reasons to love ministry.

We’ll get you started with ten reasons to fall back in love with what you do, even on the toughest days.

1. It’s all about love. Maybe The Beatles were on to something. If there’s anything God wants us to do it’s to give love, share love and express our love through faith. Not only are you fulfilling that promise for yourself, your work is encouraging it out of others.

2. It’s not just a job, it’s a vocation. When you work in a job, you’re working to earn, to gather benefits and to build skills. When you work within your vocation, you are fulfilling your most personal purpose and you leave each day with the greater understanding that your time and efforts make a positive difference.

3. It’s entrepreneurial. The possibilities for programs and projects within ministry are endless. Our job is to reach people, and it takes a lot of experimentation and innovation to figure out what resonates with people in a fast-changing world. (And you have a Helper to guide you!)

4. You’re never alone. Ministry is about community. Just as you lift up others who need it, you know your church community is there to do the same for you.

5. It’s not strictly a desk job. The great thing about ministry these days is that a lot of what you do can be managed anytime, anywhere with the right technology.

6. You’ll get rich (spiritually speaking). Not too many people join ministry for the money, but we all know the greatest rewards come in spiritual forms.

7. The commission is great! Every day we are commissioned and called to spread God’s Word. it’s a great responsibility that comes with great reward.

8. You’re probably already familiar with the job manual. You’re lucky enough to have a guide that is thousands of years old and has withstood the test of time.

9. Your boss is really forgiving. Is there a better boss to have than the Lord?

10. There’s no shortage of “customers.” We have the most diverse customer base in the world! Welcoming people of every size, shape, color and background is what you do best.

What else made you fall in love with ministry?

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Gina is a word nerd who has been writing for ACTIVE for five years. When she’s not crafting content, she’s gardening, repurposing old furniture, reading, or watching movies with her husband.

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Simplify Your Easter Strategy

Easter.What Unchurched want

In the world of church, Easter can be subjected to as much hype as Christmas. We may not be busy stringing lights or organizing Angel Trees, but many churches are already planning for elaborate Easter services and weekend events.

Wanting to connect with the next big holiday influx of visitors, we plan special music programs, outreach-oriented sermons, vast egg hunts, and large community meals.

But what do the unchurched who are leaning toward a church connection really want to find there? Friends and community? Kids’ programs? Self-help strategies? Continue reading

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How One Church Saved $20k and Tons of Time

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We’re nearing the end of January, a month when most churches spend a fair amount of energy, time and money preparing and mailing out annual giving statements for donors.

HAVE YOU EVER CALCULATED THE COST OF THIS SERVICE?

WE HAVE!

The results were startling, especially for large churches sending out two mailings a year. We started thinking, “What could churches be spending those resources for instead?”

There’s a better way to provide giving statements–and that better way is saving one of our multi-campus church partners $20,000 a year!

They may not save quite that much, but even small churches can benefit from reducing administrative tasks and financial expenditures. It’s all about smart stewardship, PLUS you get to offer a modern convenience your members want.

Offering giving statements online is:

  • SAFER
  • CHEAPER (free to Fellowship One users)
  • MORE CONVENIENT
  • EASIER

Scroll through our new interactive infographic to see how much you could save by cutting out this arduous task, and what you could do with the savings.

BONUS: You’ll also see 4 proven tips for increasing donation rates.

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How Your Data Resembles Zucchini: A “Veggie Tale” for Adults

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Remember Larry Boy, Bob the Tomato, Junior Asparagus and the rest of the Veggie Tales gang? (Apologies if the mention immediately started you humming “Oh, where…is my hairbrush?”)

This is a different kind of veggie tale, a veggie tale for adults who care about church data. (And it includes zucchini – which, surprisingly, didn’t have a starring role in the animated series.)

Like most vegetables, zucchini has a short shelf-life, even when properly refrigerated. You want it to stay green and fresh, but it just doesn’t. If you can’t get to it in time, you have to throw it out and start over.

Data is the same way. Continue reading

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Fellowship One Employee Highlight: Scott Goodger

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This week we would like to highlight Scott Goodger as a valued team member here at Fellowship One. As manager of the Implementation Team, he leads the team that transitions churches onto Fellowship One and guides them in best practices to fulfill their mission.

Scott was hired by ACTIVE Network and started at the original Fellowship Tech offices.

We truly appreciate working with Scott every day. As Scott says, “I don’t work in the Faith market, I GET TO SERVE in the Faith market. Every day I have the honor of working alongside a team who loves the Church, loves Christ, and loves what they do because they know it has an eternal impact.”

Scott- How do you keep Faith ACTIVE? 

“I have served as a worship leader, church IT Director, and Fellowship One Champion, as well as in areas of Finance and Eldership. My family regularly attends church in Fate, TX where I serve on the Technical Arts Team and contribute as an active Community group member.”

Click here to congratulate Scott on Facebook.

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THE 5 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS EVERY CHURCH SHOULD HAVE

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WELCOME TO 2016!

Are you among the millions who make and inevitably abandon their New Year’s resolutions?

While we all wish we could do a better job keeping our personal resolutions, dynamic church leaders know they can’t afford to simply make a wishlist (what many resolutions amount to) and hope for the best.

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Why Your Kids’ Ministry Needs a Command Center

Coordinator memeThere’s a reason high-performing organizations have a hierarchy of authority and a dedicated location that serves as Command Central. When it’s “go-time,” as many variables as possible need to run like clockwork.

We’re not saying your children’s check-in is a warzone, but if the military’s highly specific structure of command is what “Command Central” brings to mind, maybe we could borrow a few paragraphs from its playbook. (Warning: Don’t let your inner Commander-in-Chief take this analogy too far. We’re talking kids and volunteers here.) Continue reading

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Children’s Gift-Giving & the Law of Diminishing Returns

happiness graphicDid you see it last Christmas?

Did your kids tear into a stack of gifts that represented a great deal of sacrifice on someone’s part? Did they display excitement for a brief moment, toss the gift aside and grab for the next one? Did you hear that dreaded question: “Is that all?”

If so, you reached the point of diminishing return.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

The Law of Diminishing Returns states that there is a point of forward movement that begins to deliver a decline in the desired outcome. Your desired outcome for enduring Christmas chaos, birthday pandemonium and vacation madness is your child’s excitement, joy and gratitude. It’s easy to believe that fulfilling as many wishes as possible will deliver those outcomes but all too often, it doesn’t.

Where is the point of diminishing return? Only you can discover that, but here are a few ideas for avoiding the tipping point of diminishing returns with every gift-giving and merry-making event this year:

  • Balance talk about gift-getting with focus on gift-giving and charitable deeds all year long.
  • Understand the priority of your child’s desires with a wish list so that you gift them with the ones they truly want the most.
  • Set the expectation for how many of their wishes will be granted. Disappointment is always in direct contrast to expectations, so be honest up front and get the disappointment over beforehand. Everything you do is then received with surprise and delight.
  • Depend less on purchases to raise the level of fun. Plan family activities like Wii tournaments, game or movie nights, or the creation of new family traditions they help decide on.
  • Consider going slim. Many people are surprised to discover some of their best Christmases, birthdays and vacations ever happen in their most meager years because creativity kicks in.

How have you avoided the tipping point of diminishing returns?

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What to give & what NOT to give your pastor for Christmas

pastor gift slideA pastor told the story of a woman in his church who was a chain-smoker. She gifted his family with a batch of cookies that threatened anyone who ate them with lung cancer. They tasted just like stale cigarettes!

The following week, she asked him how he liked the cookies. “Mary,” he quipped, “Cookies like that don’t stay around our house long!”

If you’re Googling Christmas gift ideas for your pastor, you might stumble across Gayle Crabtree’s online article, Top 7 Worst Christmas Gifts for Pastors or Clergy. She explains each one but, for starters, they are: Continue reading

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