As your community and church prepares for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, know that we stand with you in love and prayer. We realize how important it is to rally support following a disaster. To assist, we have made a quick infographic to give you some guidance.
Is your ministry prepared for the new GAAP reporting changes that take affect for this filing season? If your church files reports according to these GAAP standards and you haven’t made the necessary changes in your accounting practices, you could be looking at a larger bill from your auditors and a scramble at the end of the year. Join the team from FellowshipOne along with our partners at Arlington, Texas accounting firm PSK CPA as we discuss these changes and talk about ways you can be sure you are in compliance.
BONUS: Get a preview of the new tool coming to ShelbyFinancials that will help make pulling together records for GAAP a breeze.
To register, click here.
XPastor is bringing a compensation workshop to 12 cities around the nation, and we’re touring with them! We will have a booth at every single XPastor event from August to November, and we’re hoping to see you there! This workshop is ideal for Senior and Executive Pastors, Governing Board and Finance Team members, and staff being mentored. In this insider’s reveal of how to pay pastors and church staff, learn a top to bottom, step-by-step guide to setting equitable pay in your church.
Make plans now to join us at one of the 12 regional events:
1. South—Chase Oaks Church, Dallas (Plano), Texas: Tuesday, August 21
2. Midwest—Christianity Today at College Church, Chicago (Wheaton), Illinois: Thursday, August 23
3. Midwest—Stones Crossing, Indianapolis (Greenwood), Indiana: Tuesday, August 28
4. West—Mountain Springs Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Thursday, August 30
5. Northwest—Crossroads Bible Church, Seattle (Bellevue), Washington: Thursday, September 6
6. West—Shepherd’s Grove, Orange Country, California: Tuesday, September 11
7. Northeast—Shelter Rock Church, Long Island (Manhasset) New York: Wednesday, September 19
8. Midwest—The Grove Church, Minneapolis (Maple Grove), Minnesota: Tuesday, October 2
9. Northeast—Reston Bible Church, Washington, DC (Sterling, Virginia): Wednesday, October 10
10. South—Mosaic Church, Orlando, Florida: Tuesday, Thursday, November 1
11. South—Atlanta, Georgia: Wednesday, November 7
12. Pacific—Grace Bible Church Pearlside, Honolulu, Hawaii: Thursday, November 15
For more information on these workshops and to register please visit www.xpastor.org.
Today we continue our series, “What is a Dynamic Church?” where we examine the traits of effective ministries. Today we continue with part two of three. You can find part one here.
A dynamic church should have…
Emphasis on spiritual growth
- Leaders place a high value on the spiritual growth of its members.
- They invest in equipping the core and committed members of the church, helping families address the dysfunction in their lives and become full-time followers of Christ.
- The church looks to establish meaningful relationships within the congregation through small groups and by demonstrating Christ’s love through acts of service in the local community.
Effective Processes & Metrics
- Leaders leverage best practices and implement efficient processes that enable them to be good stewards of their time and resources.
- They desire to use the latest technologies to ensure timely followup with inquiries, security of children in their care, administration of their members and volunteers, and accurate tracking of donations.
- In addition, dynamic church leaders recognize the value of analyzing data and turning it into meaningful information for use in ministry decisions.
dy·nam·ic [dahy-nam-ik] adjective: characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic.
This is the question being asked since 2004 by a group of Kingdom-minded individuals who believe the world can be changed by changing the church world. Recognizing the daunting challenges of the 21st-century church, they set out to understand the issues and provide solutions. It started with an idea: With all the variables inherent in the religious world, what exactly should the church look like? The consensus was that no matter what form a church takes, it should be…
DYNAMIC. What does Dynamic mean to you? Here’s what it means to us…
A dynamic church should have…
• They have strong leadership with a clear vision of where they are headed. + Staff members are in alignment with that vision.
• Leaders are highly creative and innovative in their approach to ministry.
• The church is proactive rather than reactive, never satisfied with the status quo but, instead, embraces change that results in growth.
In May 2017, the Ministry Brands Foundation was launched with a singular goal of supporting innovative solutions to key challenges in our Global, Christian community.
Through a grant application process, The Foundation awards monies in four major areas of focus: Youth Engagement, Technology, Hunger/Homelessness, and Biblical Literacy Projects.
Here are some of the grant recipients and the great work they are doing:
Last month, some of our FellowshipOne team took a day to serve our community. Two teams over the course of a couple of days served at Bonton Farms. The farm, which is located in the South Dallas neighborhood of Bonton, combats “food deserts” in disadvantaged neighborhoods. 63% of residents in Bonton lack personal transportation and the nearest grocery store is a 3-hour round-trip bus ride away. The residents only access to food is beer and liquor stores, where the food is processed and often out-of-date. Bonton Farms not only provides real, nutritional food in this food desert, it generates jobs in an area where they are hard to come by.
So we at FellowshipOne lent a hand, doing everything from cutting down brush to milking the goats to harvesting arugula. We’re committed to not only helping churches reach people, but improving our community around us as well. It deosn’t hurt that we had a lot of fun at the farm, too.
For more information about Bonton Farms and how you can help their mission, click here.
Last month, we had the opportunity to gather the entire FellowshipOne family together at our headquarters in Dallas for a chance to hear from our leadership and learn the latest advancements with FellowshipOne Premier Insights. We also got to share a meal (or two, and maybe some dessert) and have a little fun along the way.
Our Product Development Team presented the latest on FellowshipOne Premier Insights and the improvements made to help our customers. Meanwhile, our Implementation Team spent time working on some new resources for customers that are currently in production and will be available before the end of the year. With everyone in the office, we had the opportunity to focus on how we can better serve our customers and keep our product on the cutting edge to help ministries achieve their goals more effectively. Despite all our hard work that week, we also found time to fellowship as a team and have some fun together. Some ice cream may have made an appearance as well.
Our All Hands week was a big success. But no matter what week it is, our main focus is always producing the best product we can to help your ministry maximize its reach.
FellowshipOne Roadshow is a multi-destination tour across the United States designed specifically for ministry leaders and FellowshipOne users. Each event provides one full day of leadership insights, FellowshipOne training, and best practices your church can leverage for your ministry right away.
This is a great question! Depending on the industry and the company, you may get very different answers.
While there is an “official description” on the FellowshipOne website, today I thought I would share my personal perspective of what it means to me having been a Customer Success Manager at FellowshipOne for over four years.