Evangelism Requires Committed Leaders – A Saturday Quote

 

robert-coleman

“Followers must have leaders, and this means that before much can be
done with the church membership something will have to be done with
the church officials.”
― Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism (book)

Posted On: February 06, 2016
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Books Change the World

This week in 1469 marks the death of of Johannes Gutenberg. Johannes was a developer of movable type, which became a powerful factor in the spread of the Protestant Reformation.

Here are some pictures from August 2014 when my wife Kelley and I visited the Guttenberg Museum in Germany.

Guttenberg

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

WYFBP.S. Taking a little inspiration from Gutenberg, now you don’t have to put off writing YOUR own book any longer! Registration’s open for the Revised and Updated How to Write Your First Book Two-Day Workshop with me and the very prolific Dr. Elmer Towns! Join us on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. As an author of over 15 books, I’ll share with you my exact, step-by-step system for writing a book while pastoring and leading a church. Plus Dr. Towns, author of over 200 books, will be teaching his secrets to prolific and powerful writing!  Only 100 spots available – plus save $450.00 when you register by Feb. 29! Click here to save your spot now – before this in-demand event sells out! 

 

 

Posted On: February 05, 2016
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The Power of Assimilation

When I first made a decision to go to church, I was an adult. It was all very unfamiliar to me but I vividly remember that experience. For me, it started what has now been a lifetime transformation process. It’s what led me to Christ, what led me to baptism, what led me to grow, what led me to understand God’s word and radically transformed my life.

I’m sure as you think about your story, that’s true for you as well. Your life has been transformed because some church cared for you and assimilated you. They helped you go from stranger to guest to family member to fully engaged follower.

For most people, the process of growing in Jesus Christ starts when they come to church for the very first time.

Can you think back to when you entered a church for the first time? It can be an intimidating situation — not knowing where to park, where to go, who you will meet, how you will be welcomed, essentially what to expect from start to finish.

The challenge all of us face as church leaders and what I saw very early on in my ministry:

You have people attending each week for the first time but because of the scenario I described above, it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And if WE DON’T GET THEM TO COME BACK, they are never going to become fully developing followers of Jesus.

It’s such a challenge that the average church in America only keeps one out of every 20 people. That averages to about only 10 first-time guests per year!

Now imagine that same church making a few small changes and now improving that number to keep 1 out of every 10!

How many more lives could be transformed?

That’s the Power of Assimilation.

There IS a proven process of Assimilation to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

I first developed this 10 years ago at The Journey Church but since then have implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. The turnarounds I’ve seen have been dramatic. Even with churches that are 100 to 150 years old and stagnant for a long time.

The fact is that nothing impacts the growth of your church FASTER than Assimilation — the process of welcoming first-time guests, keeping them coming back and eventually moving them to membership.

Wherever you are, and whatever stage of life you’re in as a church, improving your Assimilation rate is going to have a dramatic impact on your church!

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You can see the Power of Assimilation – now how will you make this the year that you keep and assimilate more first-time guests?

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

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Posted On: February 04, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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It’s Today – The BIG Reveal!

Great news – the wait is officially over!

I can pull back the curtains and reveal to you what my entire team has been working on these last few weeks – my brand new, 10-years-in-the-making resource that will grow your church faster than ever by helping you keep more first-time guests!

I’m excited to share this exclusive with you today. Just click below to see a breakdown of everything included with this powerful, completely updated & expanded resource – that is 30% longer with 50% completely new content!

Click here for the BIG REVEAL! 

For most people, the process of growing in Jesus Christ starts when they come to church for the very first time.

Can you think back to when you entered a church for the first time? It can be an intimidating situation — not knowing where to park, where to go, who you will meet, how you will be welcomed, essentially what to expect from start to finish.

The challenge all of us face as church leaders and what I saw very early on in my ministry:

You have people attending each week for the first time but because of the scenario I described above, it’s difficult to get them to return to church for a second time. And if WE DON’T GET THEM TO COME BACK, they are never going to become fully developing followers of Jesus.

The great news is there IS a proven process to welcome first-time guests, get them to return again and again, and effectively move them to membership and an ongoing relationship with Christ.

I’d like to share this with you and show you exactly how you can overcome these growth challenges:

Click here to see this proven process now!

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

P.S. Don’t delay – the wait may be over but this reveal won’t be around for long – the new release opportunity ends Friday, February 12th! 

Posted On: February 03, 2016
Posted as: Assimilation
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Pulling Back the Curtains Tomorrow – Last chance for Priority Access!

CurtainIt’s your last chance for priority access – Tomorrow I’m pulling back the curtains to reveal a brand new, 10-years-in-the-making project but I want to make sure you get exclusive access to some special bonuses!

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Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

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Posted On: February 02, 2016
Posted as: Church Systems
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McGavran Monday – Paul’s Fields

McGavran-graphicsIn honor of Dr. Gary McIntosh’s new biography of Donald McGavran, here’s today’s Monday moment:

“To be accurate we must say that he (Paul) did not choose fields. He followed up groups of people who had living relations in the People Movement to Christ”  - Donald McGavran

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(the above quote is from p. 31 of The Bridges of God, by Donald A. McGavran)

Posted On: February 01, 2016
Posted as: Church GrowthEvangelism
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The Gift of Grace – A Saturday Quote

John Owen

“The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock;
yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.”
– John Owen, church leader, theologian, and academic administrator at the University of Oxford

Posted On: January 30, 2016
Posted as: Misc
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8 techniques used to boost online giving

1-0mcBnJX2iVs1NAE9hBfUrgThe following article comes to us from Tithe.ly, one of our sponsors for the 2016 Renegade Pastors Conference. Tithe.ly exists to help local churches grow by providing modern giving tools.

Only 42 percent of U.S churches provide the ability for people to give online, according to a recent Dunham+Company / Campbell Rinker study. That number plummets to 29 percent of U.S. churches with less than 200 in attendance offering an online giving option to their congregation!

Let’s put that in perspective.

E-commerce has been online since 1994 and online giving capabilities have existed since pre 2000. Meaning, churches have had at least 15 years to bring giving online.

15 YEARS!

Churches have had 15 years to get giving online!

And only 42 percent of them have online giving capabilities today.

That’s shocking, isn’t it?!

To the 42% of churches doing online giving, hats off to you! Hopefully this post gives you some ideas and tips to improve a bit.

To the 58% of churches that don’t offer online giving, for goodness sakes, please put it in your plans for 2016! :) It’s time. In fact, it’s time to put online giving in place and some form of mobile giving for your church.

With that in mind, here are a handful of really practical tips along with some great examples that will help your church boost online giving adoption and results.

1) Grab People’s Attention

You probably spend a lot of time driving people to your website, but we all know that visits don’t equal gifts!

Once people are on your website, it’s important that you draw their attention to your “give” button.

Take The BAR church for example. When you land on any page of their website you’ll fairly quickly notice the big, red button that says, “Give Online”.

Take note of this best practice. Make your give button noticeable by putting it in a prominent location, giving it a color that stands out and labeling in such a way that it tells people what it does when they click on it.

2) Go Mobile, Now!

Do you know if your church giving pages works on a mobile device?

Tithe.ly 2Not just the display of the content, but everything from the initial view and content all the way through a person making a gift and getting to the confirmation page.

You can do two quick things to evaluation your current situation:

  • First, go through the process of making a donation to your church from your iPhone or Android phone. How’d it go?
  • Second, if you’re using a website analytics tool like Google Analytics, jump in to see how much of your web traffic is coming from mobile users. Here’s a quick video to show you how. After you’ve looked at overall mobile traffic on your website, narrow your analysis down to your giving page. Make sure to set the date range back a year or two, so that you can look at the trend over time. You’ll likely find that mobile traffic to one of the most important pages on your website has grown significantly.

Mobile traffic has surpassed desktop traffic for most people so it’s critically important that your church giving page works flawlessly on every type of mobile device.

3) Use Compelling Imagery

People are visual beings.

We like to “see” what we give our money to. That’s why online stores use lots of product images and why brick and mortar stores will never die. People want to see, touch and smell what they are buying.

Check out how FBC Woodville does it. They keep things simple, all while doing a great job of helping people “see” the vision. Be sure to take a play out of their playbook when implementing your church giving page and use at least one compelling image.

The added benefit is that if your website is built well this compelling image will be shared on social media when people tweet, post to facebook, etc!

4) Communicate Your Vision

Giving to your local church, your spiritual home, is so much more than buying something online or making a donation to your favorite nonprofit. It’s based on a deep connection and a biblical conviction.

It’s important that you, as a church, communicate your heart and vision for all those financially supporting you to see.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to write a thesis to effectively do this. Take a look at Momentum Church. It’s simple and to the point, but they’ve done a great job quickly articulating the heart of giving along with their vision for how those funds are to be used.

5) Maintain Trust

Building your brand as a church is tough. It takes hard work, strategic thinking, time and persistence — not to mention, money.

Which leads me to wonder … why would you send people off of your website to a third-party site to give their financial gift? Today’s technology allows you to easily use great online giving tools while also keeping people on your website.

Let’s have a look at the standard donation process of PayPal vs. Tithe.ly.

We’ll start with Paypal:

  1. The user wants to make a donation and clicks on the “Donate Now” button.
  2. They are redirected to the PayPal page, leaving your church’s website all together.
  3. They are asked to sign in to their PayPal account or (if they can find it) enter their bank details.
  4. The user confirms that they are authorizing the payment.
  5. They are redirected back to your website (hopefully).

Alternatively, with Tithe.ly:

  1. The user wants to make a donation and clicks on the give button from your church website.
  2. A modal (aka lightbox or modern day web popup) window opens right on the page, keeping the user on your church’s website, where the user enters their gift details or logs in.
  3. They confirm the payment and get confirmation right there.

As you can tell, based on the numbers of steps (5 for PayPal vs. 3 for Tithe.ly), it’s a much better experience for the giver using Tithe.ly. Tithe.ly takes less steps and keeps donors on your church website the entire time!

6) Get Rid of Clutter

Most church websites have a lot going on: Top navigation, search tools, email opt-ins, side bar navigation, ads highlighting programs, promotions for events, service times and locations, and much more.

There’s a time and place for all of those things, but the donation form isn’t it.

When someone lands on your church giving page, they should see and experience a page that is simpler than the rest of your website — one that makes completing the action of donating easy.

Check out the Freedom Church International giving page. They’ve:

  1. Simplified what’s in the header
  2. Put nothing in the right or left columns
  3. Removed promotions of other things (events, programs, etc)

Let’s keep things simple on our church giving page!

6) Reduce, Reduce, Reduce

One more time, Reduce!

People don’t like to give away information for no reason or waste time filling out long forms. Be sensitive to these dynamics in online giving and make sure to limit your giving form to ONLY what you need.

At Tithe.ly we’re hyper sensitive to the short attention span of website visitors. If you look at any church using out web giving tools you’ll notice one common theme — we never ask for info we don’t need to complete an online donation.

We require six fields and have a few that are optional in case someone wants to give monthly. That’s it! four of those six are required to process a credit or debit card and the other two, name and email, are required for us to properly issue a receipt and keep record of the gift.

7) Encourage People to Setup Recurring Giving

Getting a one-time gift is great, especially if that gift is a big one. Support by super consistent givers who have a conviction and hear give weekly is awesome. In fact this type of giving is the lifeblood of most churches financially.

The problem with both of those situations is that they relies on humans … and we all know that humans are not perfect. We forget the checkbook. We go out of town on vacation. We get sick. We have to take a business trip. We don’t feel like driving through the rain, snow, wind to get to church.

You get the picture. There are lots of reasons that someone might not give on a particular week.

Alternatively, if you encourage members to setup automated recurring giving on a weekly basis … even the most dedicated givers will likely give more consistently while those who give sporadically will all of a sudden turn into some of your most consistent!

By getting your church set up with automated recurring giving you’ve done a few things:

  1. Grown long-term online fundraising performance.
  2. Increased monthly revenue and made it more predictable.
  3. Improved the odds that the people giving in this manner will continue to give consistently over a long period of time.

Make sure you offer a super simple way for your church to set up automated weekly or monthly recurring giving!

8) Take Advantage of the Moment

You’ve got a great opportunity immediately after someone has given. They’ve made a decision to invest in the mission and vision of your church and they’ve pulled out their wallet to do so.

Take note of Jay Kranda, Saddleback’s first full-time Online Campus Pastor, who put together a great video outlining how you can use a very low cost email tool called MailChimp to automate the process of on-boarding someone.

His particular focus is on discipleship, but the concept of sending someone a series of email after they’ve given in order to help deepen the connection is a great idea!

 

For the entire article, and to learn more about our Renegade Pastors Conference sponsor Tithe.ly, click here.

Posted On: January 29, 2016
Posted as: Misc
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You might be a church planter if…

Hal SeedToday’s guest post comes to us from Hal Seed, the Founding Pastor of New Song Community Church and church planter. Hal has helped launch a church planting movement that has planted 163,000 churches in the past fifteen years.

My favorite comedian these days is Jeff Foxworthy. He’s famous for his long list of “You might be a redneck … ” jokes. (“If you’ve ever made change in the church offering plate, you might be a redneck.”)

Last week, I was training a group of church planters when the thought occurred to me, I’ll bet there’s a bunch of funny church planter lines like that. So I put together a list. It turns out, there’s not much humor in it. Church planting is the serious work of heaven. There’s plenty of laughter and joy in it, though.

So, with a nod to Mr. Foxworthy, here are 15 ways to know if you might be a church planter:

1. If you love dreaming about what could be for God, you might be a church planter.
2. If you can’t stand the thought of lost people going to Hell, you might be a church planter.
3. If you like lost people as much as or more than you like found people, you might be a church planter.
4. If you know the exact population of the city you live in, how many of them go to church and how many don’t, you might be a church planter.
5. If you love leading people to Christ, you might be a church planter.
6. If you like taking risks, you might be a church planter.
7. If you’re willing to ask others to pray for you and support your dream, you might be a church planter.
8. If you can persevere when all Hell breaks loose, you might be a church planter.
9. If you realize you started all sorts of new things when you were a kid, you might be a church planter.
10. If your wife is committed to risking and reaching out, you might be a church planter.

To read the entire article and the remaining five points, click here.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

Church-Planters-web-banner (1)P.S. – I love church planters and I want to help you start your new church healthier and more effective than you thought possible! In fact, I’m so serious about helping you that I’d like to give you over $149 in Church Planting Resources – FREE!

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Posted On: January 28, 2016
Posted as: Church Planting
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Leaders are readers: Why you should read 50 books this year

Today’s guest post comes to us from Stephanie Vozza for FastCompany.com. Stephanie is an author and freelance writer who, for more than 20 years, has written about business and productivity. 

img_7378-stack-of-books-q75-791x1305If you want to get ahead in business, sit down and pick up a book. Warren Buffett spends 80% of his day reading. Bill Gates reads for an hour each night before going to bed. And Mark Cuban credits part of his success to the fact that he is willing to read more than anyone else.

“Leaders are readers,” says author and syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, who reads at least one book a week and gives five of his favorite books to every new team member as part of the onboarding process. “It’s in my DNA to always want to grow as a leader. We want our team to always be learning and growing, too,” he says.

Business boils down to personal interactions, and exposure to new ideas challenges you and expands your understanding of viewpoints, says Joan Fallon, CEO of the biotech company Curemark, who reads a book a week. “Reading forces me to stop thinking about my day-to-day life for long enough that I often find a new perspective or a new way of thinking about something,” she says.

WHAT TO READ
If you’re not sure where to start, get recommendations from friends or mentors. Gates shares his favorites on his blog throughout the year. Buffett shares his favorite picks in his annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway.

You can also check your local library for recommendations or join a business book club. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg set a goal to read one book every two weeks, and he started A Year of Books page on Facebook as a virtual book club. He and followers discussed the choices and invited authors to participate via webcasts; by December, he had finished 23 books.

HOW TO DO IT
Finding the time to read needs to be a priority. “I wouldn’t recognize a Kardashian, and I don’t know who got kicked off the island,” says Ramsey. “My suggestion for anyone who wants to be successful: turn off the TV and open a book. You can become an expert on just about anything just by reading and learning.”

Fallon also finds time during travels. “Every day there is time that is idle or spent traveling from one place to another,” she says. “If those gaps are long, I can read a book; if they are shorter, I read an article. Everything I read adds value to my life: personally, professionally, emotionally, and on so many levels.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Your partner in ministry,

Nelson

pimgP.S. – Would you like to experience more of the benefits of reading?

In my How to Read More Seminar resource, I’ll give you twelve simple steps to help learn how to develop and hone your reading skills so that you can grow as a leader more quickly and increase your capacity to read and comprehend more!

Click here to get your copy!

 

Posted On: January 27, 2016
Posted as: Books
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