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.

The Blog Roundup

Bridging-the-gap-cover-imageThe Blog Roundup is a subscription…but more. When you subscribe to the blog, you get—first—our popular Bridging the Gap: Donor Messaging for All Generations whitepaper to download immediately. Then you receive a bimonthly email that gives you a quick link straight to my latest blogpost, plus links to two additional posts I think might be timely for you.

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9+ Reasons to Subscribe to the Blog Roundup

  • The Roundup comes right to your inbox every other week. You don’t have to try to remember to visit the blog and we don’t hit you daily like many other organizations.
  • You get a hand-picked selection including my latest blogpost plus two other recent or popular blogposts to choose from. Read just the ones that spark your attention, or read them all. Your choice!
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  • You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. (Here’s where the + comes in):
    • Stories about creative ways our products are helping churches serve their members, visitors and communities (like this pastor’s experience with F1 in a monumental flood)
    • An opportunity to share your stories (I’m ALWAYS looking for great new stories to tell!)
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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»

Back up Your “Gut” at the Next Church Budget Meeting

Data knows

It’s summer and your annual budget meeting is still a few weeks away. Most likely, you’re already collecting information and getting your budget proposal ready.

Will you make budget decisions based on 1) What your gut tells you your church needs 2) On what’s trendy or 3) On actual data?

And then, how will you make your case for the budget expenditures you need to carry out your mission?

Continue reading «Back up Your “Gut” at the Next Church Budget Meeting»

Sneak Peek: Fellowship One Software Enhancements on the Way!

new with F1Our development team has been hard at work building momentum toward the launch of the latest enhancements to Fellowship One church management software. We can’t wait to unveil these in the coming months.

Drumroll, please! Continue reading «Sneak Peek: Fellowship One Software Enhancements on the Way!»

What a 90-Day Tithing Challenge Taught One Church about Metrics

Nikelle Druck_HeadShotTo tell this story, I need to introduce you to Nikelle Druck.

She is currently serving as IT Director at Lives Changed By Christ (LCBC), a 13,000-member, 7-campus church located in southeast Pennsylvania, where she helps executives make informed ministry decisions by providing meaningful and actionable data analysis.

A Penn State grad and Information Technology Professional, Nikelle has 15 years of consulting experience managing IT projects in a variety of government and educational roles. Suffice it to say, Nikelle knows data. She is passionate about the very real need to understand the health and effectiveness of the church and loves to share how data can deliver that understanding.

A Bold Idea

In September 2014, LCBC announced a 90-day tithing challenge for the first time. Continue reading «What a 90-Day Tithing Challenge Taught One Church about Metrics»

Seeking the Best Church Management Software? 3 Things to Keep in Mind

Trophy compressedOf course, we think we offer the best church software—all the companies in this industry do. But that doesn’t mean there’s one super “best” solution that’s truly the best for every church. Ultimately, each church has to engage in some software-sleuthing to find the one that’s best for them.

We feel a great deal of sympathy for churches trying to solve the significant challenges they face, including the dilemma of finding the best church database software, so we’ve rounded up 3 guidelines that could help you find YOUR “best” church software (even if it’s not Fellowship One): Continue reading «Seeking the Best Church Management Software? 3 Things to Keep in Mind»

The Age of Google: Pastor Brady Boyd on Technology

Technology has transformed our lives, but most of us can see that the transformation hasn’t been all good. That leads church leaders to ponder what the church’s relationship to technology should be.

brady boyd quote We spoke with Pastor Brady Boyd to see how he feels about and uses technology in ministry. (View the video interview instead).

On reaching a younger generation: A Norman Rockwell painting of our time would show everyone texting on their phones and to-go boxes in the living room. You see kids with their heads down on their phones. It’s hard to connect with the younger generations, the older you get. We have to embrace what they embrace—the digital hand-held world. You have to purposely stay young or you’ll become old without trying. Learn to connect with them. They’ll text ‘til their thumbs bleed. Learn to text! Continue reading «The Age of Google: Pastor Brady Boyd on Technology»

Mercury Flight: Better Communications = A Better Community

[Guest post by Sage Harrison, SMO at Mercury Flight, cloud-based software that allows churches to broadcast messages via phone, email or text.]

At Mercury Flight, we know the importance of finding engaging and successful ways to communicate with your community. With Mercury Flight, you can easily broadcast a message to your entire congregation, a specific group, or even just a single person, choosing from multiple formats. Our analytics show you which methods work best with which groups.mercury flight logo Continue reading «Mercury Flight: Better Communications = A Better Community»

Lawyers, Guns and Money: A Conversation for Churches and Non-Profits

$10If you’re familiar with the phrase “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” you might be showing your age. It’s a throwback to 1978, and singer Warren Zevon’s song of the same title, in which an “innocent bystander” is desperately hiding out in Honduras, asking his dad to send “lawyers, guns, and money.”

This post is more about avoiding desperate situations.

It’s always best to have important conversations before the point of desperation. If you’re a Senior or Executive pastor, nonprofit director, business administrator or accountant, you could benefit from the…

2nd Annual

Lawyers, Guns & Money Conference

Compass Center @ Compass Christian Church

Colleyville, Texas

May 12, 2015

This FREE conference will focus on legal, accounting and security issues churches and nonprofits face in their daily operations.

For more information please contact Alicia Baker at the Church Law Group, alicia@amlawteam.com, or visit www.ChurchLawGroup.com/event.php to register and reserve your seat.


The Church Law Group, based in Grapevine, Texas, is a practice area of Anthony & Middlebrook, P.C. that focuses on the specific legal needs of churches, ministries, faith-based organizations, and clergy throughout the United States. 

PSK, based in Arlington, Texas, provides accounting, tax, and business consulting services to clients both nationally and locally.

Gatekeepers and the associated National Organization for Church Security and Safety Management, Inc. (NOCSSM™) have helped thousands of churches throughout America with security and safety issues and put hundreds of armed Gatekeepers in churches across Texas.


Speakers from each organization will cover a variety of hot topics in their fields.  We encourage you to attend this informative event and bring your questions to ask the experts!

Fellowship One and these three organizations are part of the Partners in Church Consulting Network, dedicated to serving the church and non-profits from a professional and faith-based perspective.