Top of mind at The Church Network conference: declining attendance and dollars

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Declining attendance and its multiple implications for churches, including the impact on giving, were the topics of many conversations we had at The Church Network’s Annual Conference two weeks ago.

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5 steps for productive church meetings

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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American workers participate in 33 million meetings per day, so it’s safe to say that your church members and guests are familiar with how time-consuming meetings can be.

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Six ways to power through the summer slump

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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It’s just past the Fourth of July, and if your church is like many, Vacation Bible School and the year-end choir concert are over. Sunday services and church staff may be on a summer schedule. And yes, your pews are noticeably emptier (along with your collection plate, perhaps).

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[Video] Find Out in 5 Minutes What Motivates Your Givers

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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There’s a lot of value in understanding the types of givers within your church.

Churches range in size from 10 to 10,000-plus members. With such a wide variety, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to getting each person to support the church financially. That’s why we gathered data to find trends and insights on giving and givers .

Based on our survey of more than 1,000 churchgoers, Vanco discovered four types of givers within churches across the U.S. We call them Futures, Core, Established and Sustainers. The groups are different in age, life stage and social media and technology adoption. Understanding and meeting the needs of these giving types is a step toward financially engaging your members. 

If you like, you can stop reading right here and watch our new video, Options for All: Making It Easy for Everyone to Give to Your Church, to learn more. 

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3 tips for managing ministry in a growing church

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 15, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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Church growth can be exciting, but also challenging. As well-known Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller observes, “Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions ... The ‘size-culture’ profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and how its staff operates.

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Matching modern expectations with giving technology

Posted by Sally Grantham

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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This week, we welcome back Sally Grantham from partner ACS Technologies to the Vanco blog. Sally reminds us it's important to match messages about giving to today's audiences.

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Happy Anniversary to Voices on Stewardship

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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We’re celebrating Voices on Stewardship’s first anniversary!

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The money talk made easier

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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More than half of American families live paycheck to paycheck, according to Bankrate’s Money Pulse survey, with little or no money for emergencies or extras. And when people are in that situation, charitable giving often becomes one of those extras.

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When enough really isn’t enough

Posted by Jan Jasmin

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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When it comes to how well your church’s needs and your congregation’s giving match up, members may genuinely believe you have enough money to accomplish all that’s necessary to sustain the church and its missions.

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Numbers your church needs to track (but many don’t)

Posted by Kevin Lee

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM

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Churches sometimes shy away from discussing or even examining numbers other than membership and budget. As someone who frequently talks with churches that are either thriving or shrinking, I find that most only look at these key indicators when they are great, or when it’s too late.

Numbers and reports should never take away from your mission, but monitoring certain metrics beyond what may be typical can help you understand what’s going on in your church. People sometimes believe that numbers make the mission impersonal. I would suggest that few things are more personal than rolling up your sleeves and really looking at how your members contribute their time and gifts to the church. The sooner the better, as it gives you the chance to make changes early on. Waiting to act until after an issue becomes critical might be too little, too late. 

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